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Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program provides grants to U.S. jazz ensembles to create, perform, and if desired, record new works. The new work may be composed by the ensemble leader or another member of the ensemble.

The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization’s work. CMA’s goal in this program is, through the panel review process, to arrive at a final slate of grantees that is representative of the field in terms of race, gender, and style of jazz. Read CMA’s Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

A component of the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project, New Jazz Works is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

For more info contact: José Feliciano, Director of Grant Programs,




An ensemble is eligible if it

  • is a professional composer-led or collective jazz ensemble consisting of 2-10 musicians (including guest artists) 
    • student groups are not eligible;
  • is a current Ensemble-level CMA member;
  • is based in the U.S., its territories or Indian country, and the leader is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder);
  • includes improvisation as an integral part of composition and performance;
  • has no overdue reports or financial disbursements from prior CMA grants; 
  • has waited 12 months from completion of any previous CMA commissioning grant.

In one program year, an ensemble may apply to either CMA’s New Jazz Works program or the Classical Commissioning program, but not to both. Similarly, a composer may appear on only one application in either program.


2022 New Jazz Works Frequently Asked Questions

Does the New Jazz Works support touring?

Yes. Grantee ensembles have the option to use funds towards touring support. 

How much funding can we request?

​​Depending on the size of your ensemble, New Jazz Works offers up to $37,000 in funding for the duration of the grant cycle.

What do we need to begin an application?

Applicants need to review program guidelines and complete an online application form through Submittable, submitting 4 audio samples and 1 score. Composers using non-notated composition methods are also invited to apply and are encouraged to contact CMA Programs staff for application support.

Who evaluates my application?

Applications are reviewed by an independent panel of professional jazz musicians; CMA staff and board do not participate in the deliberations. Representative list of 2017-2021 CMA panelists.

Who receives the payment if we are awarded a grant?

New Jazz Works grant funds are disbursed to the bandleader unless the ensemble has established itself as an IRS business entity, in which case grant payments are made to the organization. The leader is responsible for distributing the funds to the other ensemble musicians and organizing necessary receipts, invoices and documentation for all expenses related to the grant.

Are grant funds taxable?

Yes. The leader is responsible for filing the appropriate tax forms.