Apply now to be artist in residence at National Music Centre

Dec 19 2017, 11:22 am

Calgary’s National Music Centre is looking for artists in residence, who will get access to its historic instrument collection to create new compositions.

“At the National Music Centre, we believe that instigating the future of music is just as important as preserving it,” said director of programs Adam Fox in a release.


“The artist in residence program is a vital part of our vision to be a catalyst for the creation of new music in Canada.”

The NMC says the program has previously resulted in recordings by Gotye, Basia Bulat, Timber Timbre, and Shout Out Out Out Out, along with collaborative works between Montreal’s Kid Koala and noted Beastie Boys associate Money Mark.

The residencies will allow artists to spend up to 10 days focusing on personal artistic development and working towards their proposed project, using the NMC’s instruments.

It will also give artists access to performance space for community outreach and engagement and the NMC’s specialized collections staff and their expertise.

How to apply

To apply for the program, artists must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a professional, established, or emerging musician, band, ensemble, composer/arranger, songwriter, producer, technician, educator or academic.
  • Have demonstrated excellence, aptitude and drive in their chosen or prospective field
    of work.
  • Propose a project with artistic merit that shows promise and originality.
  • Propose creative use of the NMC collection, equipment, and resources.
  • Help fulfill the NMC mandate to serve all levels of artistic development and diversity
    regarding gender, ethnicity, age, region, and musical genre.

The potential impact of the project on the artist’s career, audience, NMC, and Calgary will also be evaluated.

In addition, all artists in residence must take part in community outreach, provide video testimonial of their time at NMC and allow for photo and video documentation
of their residency.

Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2016 and will then be considered by a committee comprised of staff, specialists, and industry professionals.

For the full rules and to apply now check the National Music Centre website.

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