Classical Commissioning Program

Application Deadline: 04/29/18


Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Program provides grants to professional U.S.-based presenters and ensembles whose programming includes Western European and/or non-Western classical and contemporary music. Grants are provided for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers. The program supports works scored for 2–10 musicians performing one per part, composed in any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music.


The CMA Board of Directors has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization's work. CMA seeks to fulfill its vision for the future, where people of all races, religions, genders, and abilities are able to fully participate in the performance, presentation, and enjoyment of the many styles of small ensemble music. (Read CMA's Statement of Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.)


Women and ALAANA composers have historically been under-represented in the Classical Commissioning program. Since 1983, only 70 of the 205 commissions made through this program have been composed by women or ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) composers. Therefore, CMA’s goal in this program is, through the panel review process, to award a majority of the grants to applicants who apply with women or ALAANA composers.


To that end, CMA is creating the Composers Equity Project, a database of women and ALAANA composers. The initial listing will be available here on February 15, 2018 and updated on March 15, 2018.


Women and ALAANA composers are also encouraged to contact CMA by March 15 to be included on the list for this round of applications. Composers will continue to be added throughout the year, even after this particular deadline has passed.


Commissions are funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional program support is provided by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Amphion Foundation, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University,
and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund


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Guidelines (pdf)

FAQs (pdf)

2018 Grant Application Workshop Schedule (pdf)

Recent Panelists (pdf)

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