Classical Commissioning

This application cycle is currently closed.


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.)

Past Grant Recipients

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For more information, contact Susan Dadian, Grant Programs Officer,

The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization's work and has adopted the acronym ALAANA (African/Black, Latinx, Asian/South Asian, Arab/Middle Eastern, and Native American) for use in its equity focus. Read CMA’s Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.


Women and ALAANA composers have historically been under-represented as Classical Commissioning program grantees. To help applicants become familiar with these artists, CMA has compiled a database of ALAANA, women, and gender non-conforming composers who have expressed interest in creating new work for classical/contemporary chamber ensembles. The Composers Equity Project can be found on CMA’s website.


CMA’s goal, through its panel process, is to arrive at a final slate of grantees whose composers are representative of the field in terms of race, gender and contemporary style. Applicants are presented anonymously to panelists who, through multiple rounds, review submitted sound samples only, and make their selections without knowing the identities or demographics of the ensembles and composers.


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 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.