ACMP Foundation Grant Programs
Supporting Chamber Music Programs and Institutions
The ACMP Foundation awards grants to foster the playing of chamber music for people of all ages and skill levels. Since its founding in 1993, the ACMP Foundation has awarded over 3,000 grants totaling over $4 million dollars for ongoing programs and special projects around the world that promote participatory chamber music activities - defined as small ensemble work. We do not support chamber orchestras. ACMP grant recipients include workshop presenters, nonprofit organizations, regional and national institutions, individuals, and ensembles. All ACMP's grant programs, including Home Coaching, are available for all eligible applicants worldwide. The ACMP Foundation does not require non-profit/charity status for grantees (501c3 in the U.S.).
Chamber Music Workshops
Chamber Music Workshops Grants are awarded to non-profit organizations and others that present workshops for adult amateur chamber music players worldwide. Grants are provided to subsidize coaches' salaries, to reduce registration fees for participants, and to provide scholarships. Upcoming application deadlines are April 15, 2018 for projects taking place after May 30, 2018, and August 31, 2018 application deadline for projects taking place after October 15, 2018. The schedule will be revised in 2019 and there will be two deadlines each year: February 1 and August 1.
Click here to download budget form for the Workshop Grant program
Community Music is the largest of ACMP's Grant Programs. Awards support the continuing learning and instruction in chamber music for musicians of all ages through community-based programs. This funding often makes it possible for students to experience chamber music for the first time and for adult players to continue playing and learning. ACMP relaunched the Community Music program in spring 2017 after a hiatus. The 2018 deadline has passed and was April 23. The 2019 deadlines will be posted in September, 2018.
Click here for guidelines. Click here to begin an application. Note that we have revised the online application. The new application requires applicants to use the separate ACMP budget form, which you can download on the application page, complete and upload before you submit your application.
Click here to download budget form for the Community Music program
As a general guide, Chamber Music Workshop grants are primarily provided for chamber music workshops for adult amateurs while Community Music grants are provided for community-based chamber music programs for young musicians and others. If, because of project timing, a Workshop Grant application is received for a program that is not for adult amateurs, it must be for a program of 6 weeks or less duration and must comprise primarily of coaching and playing in chamber music in order to be eligible.
The Home Coaching program encourages musicians who meet regularly as a group to engage a professional coach in order to gain musical insight, develop efficient rehearsal skills and exchange musical ideas. ACMP provides up to 50% of the coach's fee. Ensemble members must be ACMP members.
Just Play Concert Grants
ACMP awards micro-grants to adult amateur ensembles presenting chamber music concerts in their communities, effective July, 2017. The purpose of the grant is to create opportunities for ACMP members and their fellow amateur chamber musicians to showcase work they have rehearsed and prepared in contrast to the play-in experience.
Awards & Sponsorship
The Susan McIntosh Lloyd Award for excellence in diversity and education in chamber music is given annually to a music education organization. Recent recipients of the $1,000 award include The Preucil School of Music, Iowa City, IA (2017); and The Sphinx Organization, Detroit, MI (2016). These are one-time awards and are not renewable. Applications are not accepted.
Starting in fall 2017, ACMP is the proud sponsor of the From the Top ACMP Young Chamber Ensemble Program and will support two young musician ensembles during the 2017-18 season.
NOTE: ACMP does not provide funding for the following: individual or group lessons in instrumental technique; choral or orchestral programs or performances; guest artist performances or travel; activities intended for audience development; general administration; or fundraising events. Previous support does not guarantee ongoing funding.
Please note that grantees are required to include the following credit along with the ACMP logo (no awards will be made without the logo and full credit):
This program/event/workshop is supported by ACMP - Associated Chamber Music Players. ACMP is a worldwide membership organization that supports the playing of chamber music for pleasure among musicians of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds.