MTNA is dedicated to encouraging the creation of new works by American composers and annually assists its affiliated state associations with the generation and performance of new music through the MTNA Composer Commissioning program. A State MTA wishing to participate in the program must complete a contract in triplicate. In a joint commission, one of the participating State MTAs completes a contract form, acting on behalf of the other(s). Contracts are available for download here.
The State MTA pays the composer a commission fee. The total amount of the fee is at the discretion of the State MTA. MTNA will match the State MTA's contribution to a maximum of $750, but in no case will MTNA's contribution exceed the state's portion.
Two or more state associations may jointly commission a composer. Up to $750 per state will be matched equally by MTNA. Thus, at the maximum dollar-for-dollar match, two states could offer a combined commission fee of $3,000; three states, $4,500; etc. Additionally, states participating in a joint commission may augment these amounts at their discretion, but with no further contribution from MTNA.
A State MTA may commission any composer who is a resident of the United States. The composer does not need to be a member of MTNA, a resident of the state(s) offering the commission, or a resident of any state in the division of which the commissioning state is a member.