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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Chamber Music America’s Artistic Projects offers grant opportunities for small ensembles and presenters, with operating budgets under $250,000, to bring their creative ideas to completion and present them to audiences in the five boroughs of New York City. CMA defines chamber music as music for small ensembles between two and ten musicians, with one musician per part, generally without a conductor. This encompasses contemporary and traditional jazz, classical, and world genres.

CMA will fund ensemble projects that may include performances, recordings, new compositions, and residencies. If the proposed project is a collaboration involving other artistic disciplines or genres, it must be work that centers the ensemble.

The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization’s work. 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. Read CMA’s Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

All activities must take place within the boroughs of New York City between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023. Applicants and, if applicable, their primary collaborators (presenters, ensembles, composers) may be part of only one Artistic Projects application per grant period.

Artistic Projects is made possible with generous support from the Howard Gilman Foundation.

For more information, contact:
José Feliciano, Director of Grant Programs, jfeliciano@chamber-music.org
Susan Dadian, Associate Director of Grant Programs, sdadian@chamber-music.org

APPLICATION WORKSHOP

(Deadline Extended: October 20, 2022, at 11:59 PM ET)


APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

 

Eligibility

Applications may be submitted by ensembles or presenting organizations. Applicants must be based in one of the five boroughs of New York City. 

An Ensemble

  • a minimum of one member of the Ensemble must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident based in one of the five boroughs of New York City;
  • must consist of 2-10 professional musicians including guest musician(s);
  • student groups are not eligible;
  • soloists with accompanists are not eligible;
  • may perform any style of small ensemble music encompassing contemporary and traditional jazz, classical, and world genres;
  • must have an annual operating budget under $250,000;
  • must not have any outstanding financial obligations to CMA;
  • must not be a current grantee of the Howard Gilman Foundation.

*Ensemble grantees must provide proof of New York City domicile.

A Presenter

  • must be a 501(c)(3) organization or otherwise eligible for charitable contributions for federal income, estate, and gift-tax purposes;
  • may present one ensemble
  • may present any style of small ensemble music;
  • must have an annual operating budget under $250,000;
  • must apply with an ensemble whose annual budget is also under $250,000 and based in one of the five boroughs of New York City;
  • ensemble must consist of 2-10 musicians including guest musician(s)
  • ensemble may only appear on one presenter’s application
  • must not have any outstanding financial obligations to CMA;
  • must not be a current grantee of the Howard Gilman Foundation.

*Presenter grantees must provide proof of a New York City-based venue.

Additionally, CMA cannot consider the following applications:

  • from current New Jazz Works or Classical Commissioning grantees;
  • from ensembles or presenters requesting funding for capacity building, private or fundraising events, arts education, or general operating support, although administrative expenses specific to the project may be included within the project budget;
  • requesting fees to student musicians, faculty, or administrative staff salaries;
  • requesting funds for classes or workshops for music students;
  • representing more than one application for the same ensemble or presenter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply to the Artistic Projects Program?

Ensembles of 2-10 musicians that perform any style of small ensemble music encompassing contemporary and traditional jazz, classical, and world genres in the five boroughs of New York City.

What does the program fund?

Artistic Projects funds five sessions that may include performances, recordings, new compositions, and residencies with funding support ranging from $7,500 to $20,000.

If we are not able present in a live venue because of the pandemic, may we perform virtually?

Should it not be possible to perform for documented health and safety reasons, virtual performances are possible.

Does an ensemble need to have its dates and venue(s) confirmed at time of application?

An ensemble will be asked for proposed dates and a proposed venue in the application; however, if funded, date and venue booking confirmation will be required. 

When must Artistic Projects take place?

Grant activities must take place between January 1 to December 31, 2023.

Are grant funds taxable?

Yes, the ensemble leader is responsible for filing the appropriate tax forms, collecting receipts and invoices, and completing and submitting the final report on grant expenses.

Do the musicians on the submitted ensemble audio samples have to be the same as those in the application?

Either the full ensemble or at least 50% of its musicians must be heard in the audio samples. Please note that a duo must submit works with both partners.

What file formats are accepted for the audio uploads?

Acceptable audio formats are mp3 and m4a.

How do I apply for this program?

Review the application guidelines. An application webinar will be provided. Additionally, a consultation may be scheduled, or questions may be sent to CMA staff listed below.