Chamber Music America develops and supports an evolving chamber music field through grant programs, professional development services, publications, networking events, an annual conference, and more. CMA’s programs serve ensembles, concert presenters, composers, chamber music advocates, and industry professionals working in a wide range of musical traditions, including jazz, classical, contemporary, and non-Western styles.
CMA defines chamber music as music composed for small ensembles, with one musician per part, generally performed without a conductor. The term once referred only to Western classical music for small ensembles, such as string quartets. But today chamber music encompasses myriad forms, including contemporary and traditional jazz, classical, and world genres.
CMA’s programs and services reach thousands of musicians, concert presenters, industry professionals, and chamber music enthusiasts every year. A leading voice in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the arts, we distributed nearly $1.3 million in funding in the last fiscal year.