Twelve jazz ensembles receive New Jazz Works grants in 2022

Chamber Music America has just given out $392,000 to 12 jazz ensembles through one of its flagship commissioning grant programs, New Jazz Works.

The national network for ensemble music professionals announced the grant recipients this week. The New Jazz Works program, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, provides grants to U.S. jazz ensembles to create, perform and, if desired, record new works.

Here are this year’s 12 recipients of the New Jazz Works grant:

  • dB-ish
  • Steve Carrington Group
  • Lorca Hart Quartet
  • säje
  • Heidi Martin Ensemble
  • Dave Meder/Psalmic Echoes Quartet
  • Elsa Nilsson – Band of Pulses
  • Caili O’Doherty Quartet
  • Diego Rivera Quintet
  • Luciana Souza Trio
  • Helen Sung’s “JazzPlasticity”
  • Samuel Torres Group

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The grantees were selected by independent peer panels adjudicated in June and July of 2022.

Together with CMA’s other flagship grant program  Classical Commissioning, supported by The Mellon Foundation, and this year’s previously announced grant programs, the organization has now awarded more than $1.4 million to the small ensemble music field in its 2022 fiscal year.

“These commissioning grants and the boundary-breaking new works that will develop as a result, cap off a remarkable year of CMA championing the creativity and expansive range of today’s ensemble music ecosystem,” said Kevin Kwan Loucks, chief executive officer of Chamber Music America.