The mission of ACMP - Associated Chamber Music Players - is to stimulate and expand the playing of chamber music for pleasure among musicians worldwide, of all backgrounds, ages and skill levels, by connecting people and supporting chamber music activities for individuals, groups and institutions.
Since the organization began 70 years ago, ACMP has helped chamber music players to find one another to share and play music together. More than 2,500 members come from every part of the world and share one interest: the love of making music with others. Since the ACMP Foundation was founded in the 1990s, ACMP has contributed more than four million dollars to support programs for adult amateur players and community-based chamber music education programs for young musicians and others.
ACMP's newest initiatives and tools serve the broad and expansive 21st century community of people who love to play chamber music.
The ACMP Directory - in print or "Find Players" on our website - allows musicians to find other by geographic region, instrument, and playing-level. Creating a network of players is at the heart of what ACMP does.
Our four different grant programs, including Community Music Grants, Chamber Music Workshop grants, Home Coaching for ACMP members, and Just Play micro-grants, promote, enrich, and encourage the playing of chamber music now and for the future.
ACMP also supports organizations through sponsorship and awards, including the From the Top with Christopher O'Riley ACMP Young Ensembles Program; the Helen Rice Award and the Susan MacIntosh Lloyd Award for Excellence in Chamber Music Education and Diversity. Recent award recipients include the Sphinx Organization, Detroit, MI, and the Preucil School of Music, Iowa City, IOWA.
The Worldwide Play-In Weekend is ACMP’s annual effort to circle the globe with chamber music. ACMP members and others plan events large and small during the first full weekend in March where players gather and read music for pleasure.
ACMP publishes the annual Worldwide Chamber Music Workshop Guide, a comprehensive guide to adult amateur music conferences, workshops and vacations. The Guide is also available to members here.
An extensive variety of online resources helps all chamber music players in their endeavors. From our extensive chamber music database containing more than 200,000 pieces of music, to ACMP publications to links to external sites and organizations providing services, ACMP provides a wealth of chamber music information.
Our newest offering, a live stream chamber rmusic masterclass in February 2018, will bring players everywhere together to share in a 2-hour program via their computers/devices and a live chat feed.
The ACMP newsletter - available in print and on our website - contains news and updates about ACMP programs, our members, and chamber music activities they are engaged in.
Our News in Brief blog feature stories of interest to the chamber music community
Whether subscribing to music publications, purchasing sheet music, instrument accessories, or instrument insurance, ACMP’s member discount program helps members find what they need..
ACMP is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. As a National Guild member, Associated Chamber Music Players is committed to making high quality arts education accessible to all.