Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NEA American Masterpieces: Chamber Music

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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Limited Submission Announcement

Through American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius, the National Endowment for the Arts will sponsor performances, exhibitions, tours, and educational programs across all art forms that will reach large and small communities in all 50 states to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. This component of American Masterpieces will celebrate the extraordinary and rich evolution of chamber music in the United States. Through performances and related residencies, American chamber music of the highest quality–that otherwise would not be available–will be experienced by Americans in communities across the nation.

Grants are available for chamber music performances in conjunction with residencies that will highlight repertoire by American composers and enable ensembles to engage with communities in a variety of settings. The Arts Endowment is particularly interested in projects that have at least one performance and two residency activities.

The Arts Endowment plans to support a range of projects that reflect the breadth of chamber music. For the purposes of this initiative, chamber music generally is defined as one player to a part, performed without a conductor, with between two and ten players; duos must perform as an ensemble of equal partners. Chamber music encompasses music for traditional ensembles such as string quartets and trios, as well as compositions for mixed ensembles, traditional and indigenous instruments, and jazz. Projects may include recordings and broadcasts. Commissions are not eligible.

Projects must be accompanied by related educational, interpretive, or contextual components. These may include discussions, master classes, seminars, exhibitions, program material, or cooperative learning projects with educational or community institutions. Curriculum-based educational components for children and youth must ensure the application of national or state arts education standards.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 29, 2008. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) a summary of the proposed project, 2) the artistic excellence of the project, 3) the artistic merit of the project, and 4) the anticipated source(s) of the required cost match.


From $5,000 to $75,000; a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1 is required.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, August 29, 2008

Sponsor Deadline:

October 10, 2008

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in arts and humanities disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at