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NMC Artist in Residence

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.  

Artist in Residence applications are now closed. Applications for our 2021 season will open in Fall 2020. Please check back then!

  • About the program

    The Artist in Residence program offers access to unique studio environments, technical assistance from NMC staff, including an audio engineer and technical assistant, and over 300 musical artifacts, spanning 450 years of music technology and innovation.

    EXPLORE LIVING COLLECTION

    Successful applicants collaborate with NMC staff before the start of their residency to determine 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.

    All Artists in Residence participate in a public presentation, such as a performance, workshop, live interview or collaborative project. The public presentation will be developed before the residency with the support of NMC’s programming staff.

  • Who should apply?

    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 the NMC’s acoustic and electronic instrument collection, songwriting, and academic research. Successful applicants will be self-motivated and comfortable working in an unstructured environment.

  • Length of program

    Residency length is awarded based on the scope and scale of the project proposed. The standard residency length is five days. Larger recording-based projects may be given special consideration for longer residencies.

  • Adjudication

    Applications will be reviewed by a jury of NMC staff and industry professionals.

    Successful artists and projects will:

    • Demonstrate excellence, aptitude, and drive in their chosen prospective field of work
    • Display artistic merit that shows promise and originality
    • Propose creative use of the NMC collection, equipment, and resources
    • Help fulfill the National Music Centre mandate to serve all levels of artistic development and diversity regarding genre, region, ethnicity, gender, and age
    • Show community outreach potential

The National Music Centre’s Artist in Residence program is generously supported by Bell Media.