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NMC Artist in Residence

National Music Centre’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 our one-of-a-kind collection and expertise to create new works in a world-class facility.

The National Music Centre (NMC) has welcomed many exceptional artists to play, experiment, and record with its collection. Past alums of NMC’s artist residency program include singer-songwriter Shawnee Kish, indie alt-pop musician Rich Aucoin, R&B/hip-hop artist Jhyve, lo-fi soul duo Sargeant X Comrade, flutist and composer Jiajia Li, pop-rockers MAJOR LOVE, R&B/soul singer Tanika Charles, psych-rock trio nêhiyawak, classically-trained vocalist and composer Jeremy Dutcher, DJ-producer duo A Tribe Called Red, neo-classical pianist Jean-Michel Blais, guitar slinger Luke Doucet, singer-songwriter Basia Bulat, virtuosic scratch DJ and music producer Kid Koala, and many others.

NMC Artist in Residence presented by Partake Brewing x CBC Music's Searchlight

The next NMC Artist in Residence presented by Partake Brewing will be selected through CBC Music's Searchlight 2024 contest.

Searchlight is CBC Music's long-standing quest to discover Canada's next breakthrough musical act. Whether you've already released an album and want to take your career to the next level, or you're hoping to put out your very first EP, this contest is for all musicians who want to make it happen.

The winner of this year's Searchlight contest will receive a residency presented by Partake Brewing at the National Music Centre, with access to NMC’s one-of-a-kind musical instrument collection and recording studios.

CBC Music's Searchlight contest is open until June 27, 2024. Learn more and enter at

The National Music Centre Artist in Residence program at Studio Bell is made possible by support from Partake Brewing.