Banff Musicians in Residence

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Banff Musicians in Residence

This program provides space and focused time for musicians of all genres to concentrate on artistic development while working on projects that can be either individually or group/ensemble based. You may be working in your established genre(s), or exploring a new one.

Along with the freedom to structure your time around the needs of your project, you will receive artistic inspiration and career advice from well-established faculty. You will have access to a range of artistic influences across the three weeks with the opportunity for interaction and collaboration to produce outstanding, creative results.

What does the Program Offer?

While this program is largely self-directed, there will be opportunities to gather as a group for lectures, seminars, and collaborative jam sessions. Faculty will be present to assist and mentor you throughout the program for group and/or one-on-one consultations. As well, a personal studio space is provided, accessible 24 hours per day, while production spaces are shared among all participants in the residency.

Culminating in a series of public concerts in an intimate Banff Centre venue for receptive and casual local audience, you will have opportunities to explore new material, perform repertoire, and share the stage with fellow artists and faculty. These concerts are also recorded for your archival use.

Those interested in additional professional development can apply for the role of artistic associate and act as the liaison between faculty and musicians for the program’s duration. An individual of exceptional musical ability and maturity will be offered this unique opportunity to be involved in the delivery and event curation of the Banff Musicians in Residence program. The Artistic Associate will liaise between visiting artists and resident musicians as well as Music programming and production staff.

We regret that demo and commercial recordings will not be available during this time period. Any additional technical requests for lighting, projections, sound amplification for your project may be limited and require review to confirm availability.

Who Should Apply?

The program is ideal for individual musicians, ensembles, bands, composers, and music researchers, to spend focused time working on a specific project; creating new works; preparing for concerts, auditions or competitions; or exploring and researching innovative ideas.

Participants should be comfortable working autonomously in an unstructured environment to benefit the most from the program. Musicians at all levels are encouraged to apply.

*Financial Aid available.

Program Dates: January 8 – 26, 2024Application Deadline: September 13, 2023

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