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Grants to USA Jazz Ensembles Led by Women or Gender Minorities
to Improve the Quality of the Ensemble's Performance

Performance Plus

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Chamber Music America (CMA)

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Deadline Date:

11/29/21 9:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories jazz ensembles led by women or gender minorities to improve the quality of the ensemble's performance. Funding is intended to support listening sessions with professional musicians and recording sessions. Diversity, inclusion, and equity are primary focuses of the organization's work. CMA’s goal in this program is, through the panel review process, to arrive at a final slate of grantees that is representative of the field in terms of racial diversity, as well as the aesthetic range of jazz. 

Chamber Music America’s Performance Plus provides grants to U.S. based gender minority and women-led jazz ensembles to engage an experienced jazz artist-educator for six evaluative listening sessions with the goal of enhancing the ensemble’s performance. The listening sessions will culminate in a recording session resulting in a high-quality demo for use by the grantee ensemble.

A Performance Plus grant is made up of four components:

  1. Ensemble Listening Sessions: Funding includes a rehearsal fee of $200 per musician per listening session for six sessions with the artist-educator. The total number of musicians including the bandleader may not exceed 10. 
  2. Artist-Educator Fees: Funding ($3,000) includes a fee of $500 for the artist-educator for a minimum of 90 minutes of instruction per each of the six sessions.
  3. Demo Recording: Funding ($6,500) must be used for the purpose of recording a demo of only the works rehearsed in sessions with the artist-educator. 
  4. CMA National Conference Grant includes a complimentary registration for the ensemble leader to attend the 2022 or 2023 CMA National Conference, held in January of each year. Travel/hotel subsidies are available, on a limited basis, for ensemble leaders who live outside the greater New York region.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199690

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: January 1, 2022-June 30, 2023
- Sessions must be completed by January 31, 2023.
- Demo recording must be completed by June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only ensembles may apply to this program. An ensemble is eligible if it
- Is a professional gender minority and women-led jazz ensemble;
- Is based in the U.S. or its territories, consists of 2-10 musicians; and the leader is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
- Includes improvisation as an integral part of composition and performance;
- Has no overdue reports or financial obligations to CMA.

The Bandleader
The bandleader must be a gender minority or woman identifying professional jazz musician with a core ensemble consisting of 2-10 musicians. While there is no age restriction, applicants cannot have previously received major awards, commissions, prizes, or other types of institutional recognition.

The Artist-Educator
The artist-educator must be an accomplished jazz bandleader with demonstrated experience in performance, composing, arranging, instruction, and recording. They must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

CMA contracts with the Grantee Ensemble Leader or her business entity on behalf of her ensemble. The Grantee Ensemble Leader must provide government issued documentation as proof of U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident status.

Pre-proposal Conference:

2022 Performance Plus Application Workshops
- Wednesday, November 17 at 11:00 AM ET

Performance Plus applicants are encouraged to participate in a workshop for guidance on submitting a grant application.

All workshops will take place via Zoom webinar.

You will receive an email with the link to access the webinar the day before and the morning of the workshop. If you do not see it in your inbox, please check your spam folder.

For more information contact:
Gargi Shinde

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline: November 29, 2021; 9:00 PM ET
- Grant Notification: December 2021
- Grant Period: January 1, 2022-June 30, 2023

Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications at least 24 hours in advance of the deadline to avoid any last-minute interruptions.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Gargi Shindé,
Jordyn Davis,

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