About Us

Founded in 1951 with a mission to discover, nurture & promote young musicians, Concert Artists Guild helps artists launch sustainable careers. CAG provides support to a roster of talented artists during a critical and formative time: between completion of formal studies and the achievement of an established career. Artists are selected through a rigorous multi-round annual competition open to traditional and non-traditional instrumentalists, ensembles and singers. CAG offers comprehensive management services including concert bookings and tour management, commissioning and recording opportunities and marketing and publicity support. Competition winners are also presented on the Concerts in New York at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. The New Music/New Places initiative presents CAG artists in non-traditional venues such as bars, clubs and galleries, introducing diverse audiences to concert music. The CAG Records label enables roster musicians to get their music onto disc and into the marketplace. The CAG Commissioning Program ensures that classical music continues to be a living art form by fostering collaborations between performers and composers.

CAG has helped several hundred young musicians start careers over the past sixty years. And the range of artistry has been great: from the heart of the tradition to the cutting edge. Notable alumni artists include violinist Jennifer Koh, clarinetists David Krakauer and David Shifrin, flutists Carol Wincenc and Marina Piccinini, Imani Winds, Grammy-winning ensembles eighth blackbirdPacifica and Parker String Quartets and MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase.

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Tributes

“ Concert Artists Guild has been extremely successful not only because of its commitment to extraordinary artistry, but through its commitment to change, and its willingness to adapt to the new realities of the classical music world. From innovative uses of the digital platform, to trailblazing collaborations with venues – traditional and non-traditional – and media, to its fearless embrace of innovative artists, CAG is forging a model for the creation of sustainable careers.”

LIMOR TOMER
GENERAL MANAGER, CONCERTS & LECTURES, METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

“You can find no greater endorsement of CAG than the winning combination of high quality young artists competing for representation by CAG and the equally high level of presenters engaging CAG musicians.”

WILLIAM BOUGHTON
MUSIC DIRECTOR, NEW HAVEN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

I love the fact that CAG’s ultimate objective is the same as mine – keeping the art of chamber music vital and relevant.

Todd Wetzel
Director, Purdue Convocations