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Chamber Music America Issues RFP for New Jazz Presenters Grant Program
Chamber Music America

Chamber Music America has announced a Request for Proposals for its Presenter Consortium for Jazz program, which provides financial support to consortia of presenting organizations in the United States that collectively engage up to three professional U.S. jazz ensembles to perform at each presenter's venue.

A consortium consists of one lead presenting organizations, two presenting partners, and up to three ensembles. The presenting organizations may be located in the same state but must be located in different cities or regions at least fifty miles apart. The ensembles may reside in the home state of a consortium partner or be from elsewhere in the U.S.

The consortium may work together to create a single program that travels to each venue or each partner may curate its own separate program(s). A strong consortium is one in which each partner and the ensemble(s) work together to plan and develop the proposed performances. A consortium is also encouraged to collaborate on creative efforts to market, manage, and present the project. If a consortium elects to work with up to three ensembles, each partner must present all three ensembles in performance at its venue. The engagement may consist of one or multiple concert event(s).

To be eligible, each of the three presenting organizations in a consortium must be based in the U.S. or its territories; be located in three separate locations at least fifty miles apart; be 501(c)(3) organizations or otherwise eligible for charitable contributions; and be CMA organization-level members and have no overdue reports or financial obligations to CMA. The jazz ensemble(s) selected by the consortium must be based in the U.S. or its territories, consist of two to ten professional musicians, and include improvisation as an integral part of its composition and performance.

Presenter Consortium for Jazz funds the following expenses: ensemble(s)’ concert fees, travel, housing, per diem, and cartage, as well as the presenting organizations’ marketing and production costs for the proposed concerts. The program will fund up to 75 percent of the eligible expenses above, up to a maximum of $10,000 per consortium partner /$30,000 per consortium. An incentive grant of $1,000 per partner is available to a consortium that programs a CMA New Jazz Works grantee ensemble in performance of its entire CMA-commissioned work.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the CMA website.

Contact: Jeanette Vuocolo
Phone: 212-242-2022 x103
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Deadline: 10-30-2015

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