April 30, 2014                                                       Contact: Gina Izzo (212) 242-2022,ext. 5291
For Immediate Release                                                                         
Arts organizations throughout the U.S. will showcase 
classical, jazz, and world music for small ensembles
NEW YORK, NY (April 30, 2014) – Chamber Music America has designated May as National Chamber Music Month. Now in its third year, this annual initiative brings together hundreds of performances, residencies, and pre- and post-concert discussions, showcasing ensemble music of all styles, including early, classical, jazz, and world music.
Extending throughout all 50 states, this year’s events reflect the diversity and vitality of a dynamic chamber music field. Seasoned and aspiring performers alike will take the stage in venues across the country, performing works that span styles, genres, and centuries. This year’s presentations include vibrant jazz, world, contemporary, and classical works performed in traditional as well as unusual venues, and a host of other events in urban, rural, and suburban areas of the country.  
Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, introduced National Chamber Music Month in 2012 in an effort to raise the public awareness of chamber music nationally and to build new audiences within local communities.
“The chamber music field continues to grow, embracing new influences and adapting to a changing cultural landscape,” said Chamber Music America CEO Margaret M. Lioi. “National Chamber Music Month offers audiences an opportunity to experience the exhilarating work being presented across the country, and we’re thrilled that ensembles and presenters in every state are participating.”
Chamber Music America defines chamber music as works for small ensembles of 2–10 members, performing one to a part, generally without a conductor. The organization’s 6,000-plus members include ensembles, presenting organizations, festivals, individual musicians, music educators, composers, artist managers, and other music professionals.
For information on performances taking place across the country during National Chamber Music Month, visit
Chamber Music America, thenational network of ensemble music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop, support, and strengthen the chamber music community. With a membership of over 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artist managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. CMA provides its members with grant programs, consulting services, access to instrument and other insurances, conferences, seminars, and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine. Visit

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Presenter Consortium for Jazz
Deadline: February 7, 2014
Grant Period: June 1, 2014 – August 31, 2015
Contact:  Jeanette Vuocolo, Program Director, CMA Jazz,
CMA provides support to consortiums of three U.S. presenters that collectively engage up to three professional U.S. small jazz ensembles to perform at each presenter’s venue. Additional funding is available to each presenter that invites one of the 171 New Jazz Worksgrantee ensembles to perform its CMA-commissioned work
Supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development
Deadline: March 7, 2014
Grant Period: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017
Contact:  Jeanette Vuocolo, Program Director, CMA Jazz,
Through this program, CMA supports the creation and performance of new works by U.S. jazz ensembles, as well as activities that extend the life of the work.
Supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Classical Commissioning
Deadline: March 21, 2014
Grant Period: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017
Contact:  Susan Dadian, Program Director, CMA Classical Commissioning,
U.S. ensembles and presenters of classical, contemporary, and world music apply to this program for support to commission and perform new chamber works by American composers. Works may represent any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music.
Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the CMA Commissioning Endowment Fund
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To Whom It May Concern:
Chamber Music America would appreciate your sharing the following information with constituent musicians and presenters in your state.  We hope you will consider posting the announcements below and/or forwarding this message through any listserv you may have.

Chamber Music America Award Opportunity
Presented annually by Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming honor U.S.-based professional ensembles and presenters that have demonstrated a commitment to contemporary chamber music through adventurous, distinctive programming.
Applicants are considered in the following categories:
Ensembles—Contemporary, Mixed Repertory, and Jazz
Presenting Organizations—Contemporary, Mixed Repertory, and Jazz
The awards will be presented during the next CMA National Conference in New York City, January 16-19, 2014. Each recipient will receive a $500 award and a plaque.
This year’s deadline is October 4, 2013, Eastern Time.  (This is an in-office deadline, not a postmark date.)
For more information and to download the program guidelines, application and FAQs, visit the CMA website at
Contact: Susan Dadian, Program Director
CMA Classical/Contemporary
(212) 242-2022, ext. 5082
First Tuesdays Seminar Series in New York City and Available Via Live-Stream
First Tuesdays is a free, monthly, professional development seminar series for the small ensemble field presented by Chamber Music America with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Common. One may attend in person at Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Ave., NYC) or via live-stream ( The program is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Click herefor information (full program announcement attached).
Thank you,
Susan Dadian
Program Director
CMA Classical/Contemporary
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