Digital Residency Program


This application cycle is currently closed.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the abrupt closure of performance venues across the country and the immediate loss of income for chamber music artists, presenters, and managers. The innovation and creativity of the profession prevailed, however, and small ensemble music began to be heard on multiple digital platforms within the first several weeks of the pandemic’s arrival.

The Digital Residency Program has been created to assist musicians and presenters in maintaining relationships with their audiences, fans, and followers during and immediately following the pandemic. It is not intended to be a long-term program; artists’ engagement with communities in person and in settings beyond the traditional concert hall remain the hallmark of CMA’s residency programs. However, in a time when social distancing prohibits the ideal residency situation, reaching communities digitally has become an essential alternative.

Unlike other CMA grant programs, the Digital Residency Program has a short, six-month grant period. Fulfillment of the required events will be through streamed or livestreamed presentations only. It is anticipated that in-person performances will, in part, return to venues by spring 2022 and the field’s priority will be focused on resuming live concert activity.

Through the panel review process, CMA hopes to arrive at a final slate of grantees that is representative of the field in terms of race, gender and musical style. Learn more about CMA’s Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.


Supported by the Chamber Music America Residency Endowment Fund


Guidelines (pdf)

FAQs (pdf)

Recent Panelists (pdf)