Classical Commissioning Program


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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. (Read CMA's Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.)


ALAANA (African/Black, Latinx, Asian/South Asian, Arab/Middle Eastern, and Native American), women, and gender non-conforming composers have historically been under-represented in the Classical Commissioning Program. Since 1983, only one-third of the commissions made through this program have been composed by ALAANA or women composers. Therefore, CMA’s goal is, through the panel review process, to award a majority of the grants to applicants who apply with ALAANA, women, and gender non-conforming composers.


To that end, CMA has created the Composers Equity Project, a database of ALAANA, women, and gender non-conforming composers. We encourage applicants to explore these composers and their work.


Composers will continue to be added to the database throughout the year. ALAANA, women, and gender non-conforming composers are encouraged to submit their information to the Composers Equity Project.


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


Guidelines (pdf)

FAQs (pdf)

Composers Equity Project Database

Recent Panelists (pdf)

Grant Recipients


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