Open Call

Banff Musicians in Residence | Winter 2020

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

With Funding
Banff, Canada


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. In addition to having the freedom to structure your time around the needs of your project, you will receive artistic inspiration and career advice from well-established faculty (visiting artists) who will be in residence at intervals throughout the program. The visiting artists come from all musical backgrounds, therefore over six weeks, participants will have access to a range of artistic influences.

Number of Participants

Open to applicants worldwide, this residency is an opportunity to create without the daily stresses of life. 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.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


January 07, 2020 - February 08, 2020


  • CA$71.00 stipend (daily)


  • CA$65.00 application fee
  • CA$163.00 program fee (one-time)


Individual Studio, Library, Sound Studio, Stage


Private Room, Shared Room


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

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


Composers, Music, Music Composition


No languages listed

Program Description

A different visiting artist is brought in each week to assist and mentor program participants. Visiting artists are available four to five hours per day for group and one-on-one consultations. The opportunities for interaction and collaboration have the potential to produce outstanding, creative results. Performance and recording opportunities are also available. 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.

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