Classical Commissioning Program

Application Deadline: 04/01/16

Please note: Application cycle is currently closed.


Support to CMA member ensembles and presenters for commissions of new chamber works.


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, generally without a conductor, and may represent a diverse musical spectrum, including contemporary art music, world music, and works that include electronics.


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


New this year: Applications must be submitted online.


Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music,
and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund


Guidelines (pdf)

FAQs (pdf)

Grant Application Workshop Presentation (PowerPoint) (pdf)

Grant Application Workshop Schedule (pdf)

Recent Panelists (pdf)

Grant Recipients


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