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Chamber Music America: New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development

Application Deadline: March 11, 2011

Offering support for the creation and performance of new chamber works by U.S. jazz ensembles, this program also funds activities that extend the life of the work and encourages the development of career-related business skills over a three-year period.

Grant Period: July 1, 2011–June 30, 2014
In-Office Application Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2011, 5:00 P.M.
Grant Notification: June 2011

A component of the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project, the New Jazz Works Program is made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program provides support to professional U.S. jazz ensembles for the creation and performance of a new work. The program also funds activities that extend the life of the work, and allow the ensemble leader to acquire or increase career-related business skills. This program is designed for ensembles that want to explore new creative territory. A New Jazz Works project is directed by the leader of the ensemble, who is named in the application.

A New Jazz Works grant begins with up to $16,000 for the creation and two performances of a new composition. This portion of the grant is called Core. New Jazz Works also offers three additional components: Continued Life (up to $7,500); Better Business (up to $3,000), and CMA Conference (complimentary registration with a limited travel/hotel subsidy). CMA encourages, but does not require, an ensemble to participate in the additional funding opportunities. New Jazz Works provides up to three years for the grantee to complete these three components, and two additional months for final reporting.

For more information about the grant application, visit the Chamber Music America’s website:

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