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Chamber Music America Accepting Applications for New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development


Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development Program supports the creation and performance of new chamber works by professional United States jazz ensembles, funds activities that extend the life of the work, and encourages the development of career-related business skills over a three-year period. The program is made possible with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

An ensemble is eligible if it is a professional composer-led or collective jazz ensemble; is based in the U.S. or one of its territories and its leader is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; comprises two to ten musicians; includes improvisation as an integral part of its composition and performance; is a CMA organization-level member; and has waited twelve months from completion of a previous New Jazz Works grant.

The new jazz work must be of substantial length and must feature improvisation. The new work may be written by the ensemble leader, a member of the ensemble, or by a guest composer. Priority is given to projects that represent new territory or significant growth for the ensemble.

Please note: An ensemble may apply to either the CMA 2012 New Jazz Works program or the CMA 2012 Classical Commissioning program, but not to both. Similarly, a composer may appear on only one of these applications.

New Jazz Works supports more than the development and two performances of a new work. Applicants to the program are also encouraged to opt for any or all of the other three program components — continued life (additional performances, touring, etc.), better business (attending booking conference, meeting with prospective presenters, taking classes, etc.), and an opportunity to attend a CMA national conference free of charge.

The New Jazz Works grant will include up to $16,000 for the creation, premiere, and one additional performance of a new work (the grant amount is related to the size of the ensemble). Optional components may include up to $7,5000 for continued life activities, up to $3,000 for better business activities, and free registration and limited travel subsidy for the CMA national conference.

New Jazz Works application workshops will be offered at CMA’s offices. Applicants may participate in person or via teleconference.

Complete program information, application materials, and workshop details are available at the CMA Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

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