Open Call

Banff Musicians in Residence - Jazz & Creative Music Fall 2021

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

With Funding
Banff, Canada


The program is ideal for individual musicians, ensembles, bands, composers, and music researchers resident in Canada, 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.

Number of Participants

The Artistic Associate may come from any musical background, but will have a wide-ranging knowledge and interest in a variety of musical genres. You must apply with a specific project and will be asked to submit a letter of intent specifically for the Artistic Associate role at the end of the application process. A phone interview will be scheduled for the shortlisted candidates. As we re-open campus and welcome artists back to programming in a safe and mindful way, we have made the difficult decision to restrict recruitment for on-campus programs to those currently residing in Canada. We continue to monitor the situation closely and look forward to the future relaxation of travel measures that will allow us to welcome international artists once again. (Please click here for up to date travel restriction measures).


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


November 15, 2021 - December 03, 2021


  • CA$2,706.00 stipend (one-time)


  • CA$25.00 application fee
  • CA$4,046.00 program fee (one-time)


Piano, Shared Studio, Sound Studio


Private Room


Breakfast, Coffee, Dinner, Lunch, Tea

Public Programs

Courses, Discussion, Mentors, Open Studios, Professional Development, Retreat, Visiting Professionals, Workshops


Composers, Music, Singing, Sound Art



Program Description

This program provides space and focused time at Banff Centre for musicians specializing in Jazz and Creative Music 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 who will connect with participants during the program, both in person and online. The visiting artists come from all musical backgrounds, therefore over 3 weeks participants will have access to a range of artistic influences. Weekly public concerts in an intimate Banff Centre venue will allow you to try out new material, perform repertoire, and share the stage with fellow artists and faculty, to a receptive and casual local audience. These concerts are also recorded for your archival use.

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