NMC’s self-directed Artist in Residence program is designed to nurture artistry and innovation by providing musicians with the tools, time and space, and the use of NMC’s singular collection and expertise to create new works in a world-class facility.
Past Artist in Residence participants include 2019 JUNO winner and 2018 Polaris Music Prize winner Jeremy Dutcher, DJ-producer duo A Tribe Called Red, neo-classical pianist Jean-Michel Blais, FRONTPERSON (the project of Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers and Mark Andrew Hamilton of Woodpidgeon), jazz artist Quinsin Nachoff, psych-rock trio nêhiyawak, guitar slinger Luke Doucet, folk singer-songwriter Basia Bulat, and many others.
NMC’s Artist in Residence program applications for the 2022 season are now closed. Thank you to all those who applied.
The self-directed Artist in Residence program offers access to unique studio environments, technical assistance from NMC staff, including an audio engineer and technical assistant, and access to NMC’s living collection, spanning 450 years of music technology and innovation.
NMC will be awarding a limited number of residencies for recording and studio projects. Before the start of their residency, successful applicants will work with NMC staff to coordinate details such as residency length, studio and collections access, and working hours. Residencies typically take place in the day between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. However, this may be negotiated around artist needs, resources, and other NMC programming. Transportation, accommodation, and meals are the responsibility of the artist.
Artists in Residence participate in a public presentation, such as a performance, workshop, live or recorded interview, or collaborative project. The public presentation will be developed before the residency with the support of NMC’s programming staff.
Canadian musicians of all genres, backgrounds, and skill levels are encouraged to apply. The program is ideal for individuals, ensembles, bands, and researchers wishing to focus their attention on a specific project, including, but not limited to, recording, exploring NMC’s acoustic and electronic instrument collection, songwriting, and academic research. Successful applicants will demonstrate a focused, feasible project that can be completed within the scope of the program.
Residency length is awarded based on the scope and scale of the project proposed. The standard residency length is five days between Mondays and Fridays. Larger recording-based projects may be given special consideration for longer residencies.
Applications will be reviewed by a jury of NMC staff and industry professionals.
Successful artists and projects will:
The National Music Centre’s Artist in Residence program is generously supported by Bell Media.