FOR ADVENTUROUS PROGRAMMING
In-Office Application Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2009, 5:00 P.M.
Notification: November 2009
The CMA/ASCAP Awards are made possible by
the American Society Of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
The CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming recognize ensembles, presenters and
festivals demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to new music (defined as music written
in the past 25 years). The program was established by Chamber Music America and the
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and is administered by CMA. Over
200 awards have been made since 1987.
The 2010 awards will be based on the applicant’s programming from September 1, 2008,
through August 31, 2009.
To be considered, programming must feature performances:
• of works written in the past 25 years, and
• open to, and advertised for, the general public.
All applicants must be Organization-level members of CMA at the time of application.
CMA defines chamber music as music for small ensembles (2 to 10 musicians), with one
musician per part, generally without a conductor. Historically, the term chamber music
referred to Western classical music written for small ensembles, such as the string quartet.
Today, however, CMA embraces many different kinds of musical styles and ensembles,
including jazz and world music.
A total of nine awards will be made to ensembles and presenters/festivals. Awardees will
receive a $500 cash award and a commemorative plaque.
AWARDS T0 ENSEMBLES: One award will be made in each of the performance categories
(Mixed Repertory, Contemporary, and Jazz).
AWARDS TO PRESENTERS/FESTIVALS: Two awards will be given in each programming category
(Mixed Genre, Contemporary, and Jazz)—one for large presenters (10 or more concerts per
year) and one for smaller organizations (9 or fewer concerts per season).
The 2010 awards will be presented at CMA’s 32nd National Conference in New Yor