New York, NY—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, has announced the distribution of $550,395 through three of six grant programs to support the work of 42 ensembles and presenters across the contemporary and traditional jazz, classical, and folkloric genres. 

The 2024 grantees, reflecting a broad spectrum of sounds and stages, were selected after an adjudication process by independent peer panels in December 2023. Individual awards, from $8,580 to $20,000, will be used to support projects in communities across 15 cities in 10 states.

“CMA’s first round of 2024 grantees encompass a wide range of performance styles, cultural traditions, and new musical innovations,” said CMA’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin Kwan Loucks, “I am thrilled to see these new projects develop with CMA’s support.”

The grant programs— Artistic Projects, supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation; and Ensemble Forward, supported by the New York Community Trust, Presenters Consortium for Jazz supported by The Doris Duke Foundation; —and grantees, are outlined below. 

2024 CMA ENSEMBLES 

Chamber Music America’s (CMA) Presenter Consortium for Jazz provides support to consortia of three U.S. presenters that collectively engage up to three professional U.S. jazz ensembles (consisting of 2-10 musicians each) to perform at each presenter’s venue.

We featured 3 presenters within the Navajo Nation:

  1. Northwest New Mexico Arts Council in Farmington, NM
  2. Cortez Cultural Center in Cortez, CO
  3. gallupARTS in Gallup, NM

Our main goal was to share how Jazz (Black Liberation Music) was used to heal our mind, body and spirit to Indigenous Communities. We hope with these three videos we could share enough experiences and knowledge from artists, organizers and health professionals to help with problems on the Navajo Reservation. 

For our performers, we thought it was important to highlight a local component, an Indigenous female led band and a mainstream jazz group. These groups are:

  1. D'DAT - Farmington Local Indigenous Band
  2. Julia Keefe Quartet - Indigenous (Nez Perce) female led group
  3. Brad Goode Quintet - Main stream jazz group featuring Ernie Watts

The Blue Desert Virtual Tour performance of D’DAT, Julia Keefe Quartet and the Brad Goode Quintet, presented in collaboration with Cortez Cultural Center, Northwest New Mexico Arts Council and gallupARTS is supported by Chamber Music America’s Presenter Consortium for Jazz Program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.