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Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program
Chamber Music America

Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, offers support to U.S.-based classical/contemporary ensembles, presenters and festivals for commissioning American composers to create new chamber works. 


CMA’s Classical Commissioning Program grants are made for commissioning fees, copying costs and ensemble rehearsal honoraria. 


Compositions must be written for small ensembles (2 to 10 musicians) performing one to a part, and may represent a diverse musical spectrum, including contemporary art music, world music, and works that include electronics.


Commission fees range from $5,000 to $20,000. 


Applicants must be Chamber Music America members at the Organization level.


The new composition must be performed by the ensemble a minimum of three times in the U.S.


Program guidelines, online application and FAQs can be downloaded at the CMA website, All CMA grant applications are submitted online. 


Webinars for grant applicants will take place on March 9 and 21 at 1:00 PM (Eastern). Click on either of these dates to RSVP.


Submissions must be received no later than Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.


For more information, contact Susan Dadian

Program Director, CMA Classical/Contemporary

(212) 242-2022, ext. 102


The Classical Commissioning Program is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

Contact: Susan Dadian
Phone: 212.242.2022, ext. 102
Grant link:
Deadline: 04-02-2017

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