2022 New Jazz Works FAQs

Below are preliminary questions for New Jazz Works. After reading the FAQ’s, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the program Guidelines prior to beginning an application.


Who can apply to the New Jazz Works program? 

A professional U.S. jazz ensemble, consisting of 2-10 musicians, may submit one application. The program typically receives applications from composer-led ensembles, and collectives. In either case, the application must list a singular composer who will compose the new jazz work. The ensemble must be a current Ensemble-level CMA member.


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.


Does our ensemble need to have nonprofit status?

No, nonprofit status is not required to apply for the New Jazz Works program. 


Does the band have to be based in the U.S. or its territories?

Yes, the ensemble must be based in the U.S. its territories, including Puerto Rico or Indian country, and the leader must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder).


We currently have funding through another CMA program; may we apply to New Jazz Works? 

If you are currently funded for a commission through the Classical Commissioning program or Artistic Projects, you may not apply to New Jazz Works. If you are an ensemble engaged in a Presenter Consortium for Jazz grant or funded for a performance/recording-only project through Artistic Projects, you are welcome to apply to New Jazz Works


We are a composers’ collective that also performs. May we apply to co-compose a new work? 

No, the program commissions only one composer per grant cycle.


I’ve already composed the work and need funds for a CD release. Is New Jazz Works a good fit? 

No. New Jazz Works requires the composition, recording and performance support of an entirely new composition developed for the New Jazz Works commission.


Does the New Jazz Works support touring?

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


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.


When must our New Jazz Works activity take place?

Grant recipients have 3 years, between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2025, to complete all grant-related activities.


Where can we learn about past CMA New Jazz Works grantees? 

Review previous New Jazz Works recipients and their commissions here.

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To answer additional questions about the New Jazz Works application process, contact:


Geysa Castro, Director of Membership Services, gcastro@chamber-music.org 

For technical support or problems with your Submittable account (log-in, password, etc.) and software glitches, among others, please contact Submittable directly.