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Banff International Songwriter Residency

Performing Arts - Music

Program Information

Artists Brendan Kinley and Anders Kapur, 2019, Banff Centre.


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. 

What does the program offer?

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.

Who should apply?

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.

"The time I spent at Banff Centre with The Barr Brothers was more rewarding than I could have imagined. The location was therapeutic. The creative experimentation imbued in the atmosphere there is very real, and contagious. Working in their facility was relaxed yet professional. We left with a handful of unique sounding recordings.” Brad Barr, The Barr Brothers

What's Included

Single or Shared RoomRead MoreClose

When applying, choose between staying in a single or a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

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Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Regular Flex meal plan includes $30 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

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This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in one of our performance venues.

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Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

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Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

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Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee (single room)
$3 362.58
Program Fee with Financial Aid (single room)*
$1 952.58
Program Fee (shared room)
$2 757.57
Program Fee with Financial Aid (shared room)*
$1 347.57
Application fee: $65

*Financial Aid up to 100% is available to cover tuition (meal plans and accommodations are not eligible).  

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials to SlideRoom.

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How to Apply

Learn more about the steps to Complete Your Application.


A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Personal statement

A summary of your long-term goals, how you plan to achieve them, and how this experience will assist you.

Project proposal

A one-page description of your project, including the theme, an outline of materials and facilities required, and indicative timelines.


Please submit a sample of your work on audio or video (three files maximum). You should aim to demonstrate the full scope of your songwriting styles. You may submit work recorded solo or with a group, but the applicant must be the primary songwriter.

Resource request

Outline all studio, equipment, software, facility, or staff support required. Final resource allocation is at the discretion of the department.

Financial assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact Admissions

For questions on preparing your application, please contact Admissions:

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