Residencies for musicians


Residencies for musicians

Some residential art centers offer excellent sound-in-residence programmes. These are the places to be for working in experimental music, digital sound, electronic music, and cross-overs between music, performance arts and visual arts. Some are also more specific for componists.

Find in this article a growing overview of residency programmes that you should keep in mind


No, it's not the movie, it's AVATAR! Avatar is part of the Méduse arts collective at Québec City. Avatar is an association dedicated to research, creation and the broadcast of audio and electronic art. To this end, Avatar offers artists, both professional and those just starting out, the equipment and the skills necessary in order to support their practices.

Harvest Works

Harvestworks Artist In Residence Program (NYC) offers commissions of up to $4000 to make a new work in a state of the art digital media facility. Each artist receives a fee which is used to manage and produce the work. The artist works with a team comprised of a project manager, engineer and programmer. New works may include the creation of a new video work with a surround sound audio mix, audio recording and mastering of a surround sound piece, the creation of a new web art work and the development of a live interactive music/video/installation system using Max/MSP/Jitter.

Visby International Centre for Composers

Visby International Centre for Composers is a work- and meeting place for composers from the Baltic Sea Region as well as the rest of the international world of composers. As part of its activities, the Centre manages and operates the electro-acoustic music studio.

Steim, Amsterdam

Steim, Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music, is an independent live electronic music centre exclusively dedicated to the performing arts. Steim invites performers, musicians and visual artists for residencies and provides them with an artistic environment and technical facilities, through which concepts can be given a concrete form.

Titanik AiR Programme

Titanik artist-in-residence programme offers one- to three-month residencies for sound artists, working in the intersection of sound and contemporary art. Titanik residency is run by the Arte Artists’ Association in Turku, southwestern coast of Finland. Titanik A.i.R programme has been running since 2006, shifting it's focus to sound in 2013, which made it the first sound art residency in Finland.

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

You might think that it is nearly impossible to be selected for the residency program of the famous Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. On the contrary: the Cité is remarkably hospitable to applications sent in by individual composers and sound artists. Although you have to pay for your own expenses or bring in your own funding, it is surely worth the effort. The center offers the very best facilities for any composer and sound artist: grand piano's, excellent sound studios and sound equipment.

MUSIC & SOUND at the Banff residency center, Canada

The Banff Residency Center in Canada has many different residency opportunities on offer for any kind of musician, composer and sound artist. The Music Creative Residencies are self-directed in nature, and provide participants with a period of focused time to concentrate on personal artistic development and work towards a specific project of their own choosing.

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)

The New York Times hailed the EMPAC, when it opened its doors in Troy, near Albany, New York, in 2008, as a “technological pleasure dome for the mind and senses… dedicated to the marriage of art and science as it has never been done before.” EMPAC has three acoustically isolated spaces for particular artists or researchers while in residence at EMPAC. They are ideal as a study, office, work, or rehearsal space, or for contained work using computers for audio or video. Each studio has an equipment closet to house noisy electronics. There are shared kitchen facilities for the Residency Studios.

Founded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, EMPAC offers artists, scholars, researchers, engineers, designers, and audiences opportunities for creative exploration under a single roof. EMPAC operates nationally and internationally, attracting creative individuals from around the world and sending new artworks and innovative ideas onto the global stage.

Avaloch Farm Music Institute, USA

Avaloch Farm Music Institute provides a unique opportunity for chamber music ensembles at any stage of development to have the time and space to work intensively on repertoire, prepare for recordings, concerts or competitions, work with composers on commissions, and forge or reconnect to a group musical identity.

Note that the Avaloch Farm Music Institute hosts performing musicians, not composers or music engineers.

Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Opera House Doctoral Composer-in-Residence Scheme

As part of the Research Degree programme of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, a doctoral studentship in association with the Royal Opera House is now available. This unique collaboration between a prestigious opera company and a conservatoire offers one composer every two years (commencing in September 2015, 2017 etc) the opportunity to be Composer-in-Residence at the Royal Opera House.

Bogong Centre for Sound Culture

The Bogong Centre for Sound Culture (BCSC) was established in 2010 to investigate the relationship between industry and the natural environment through projects that focus on acoustic ecology and environmental sustainability. It supports cultural initiatives investigating the history and ecology of the Australian Alps including research, festivals, commissioned artworks, masterclasses and Artist in Residency programs.


SoCCoS is a residency and research network engaging with exploratory music, sound art and culture. It provides residency opportunities via exchange of artists, cultural workers and theorists. Through the residencies SoCCoS offers time and space away from known environment and everyday routines, to discover new sites, different cultures of sound art and source materials, to develop special skills and expand artistic networks.

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