Open Call

Banff International Songwriter Residency

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

With Funding
Banff, Canada


Open to applicants worldwide regardless of genre, this residency is a call for songwriters who have an established professional practice, be it in pop, folk, country, soul, or hip-hop. Artists should have produced an independent body of work and received recognition through public presentation in performance or recordings, as well as from their peers.

Number of Participants

The Banff International Songwriter Residency offers one-on-one sessions and group workshops with faculty, performance opportunities, and recording sessions in a state-of-the-art recording facility. A personal studio space to work from is provided and available 24 hours a day. Production spaces are shared among all participants in the residency. Scholarship is available of up to 100% to cover tuition.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


March 02, 2020 - March 21, 2020


  • $1,410.00 stipend (one-time)


  • $65.00 application fee
  • $2,757.00 program fee (one-time)


Individual Studio, Piano, Shared Studio, Sound Studio, Stage


Private Room, Shared Room


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Discussion, Mentors, Open Studios, Performances, Visiting Professionals, Workshops


Composers, Music, Music Composition, Singing


No languages listed

Program Description

Surrounded by Banff’s majestic mountain landscape, this 20-day residency provides songwriters an opportunity to explore their artistic practice alongside award-winning faculty. The Banff International Songwriter Residency delves deeply into the entire process of songwriting through various methodologies. You’ll have the freedom to structure your time around the needs of your project(s). This intensive program is the ideal opportunity to expand your practice in an inspiring setting while being fully supported by world-class artists and sound engineers.

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