Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music

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Program Information

Overview

This three-week program brings together emerging artists from around the world to work and study with Co-Artistic Directors Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey, as well as internationally acclaimed guest mentors. The goal is to learn, converse, build, experiment, refine, and transform — to reimagine the state of the art. This program is one of the most intensive that Banff Centre offers, and continues our 40-year history of incredible jazz exploration.  

What does the program offer?

The Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music is designed to help emerging musicians become performers/composers of consequence in the world, with an emphasis on community and collaboration.

There is a major recording component to the residency and two weeks of sessions spent in our world-class studio with renowned faculty engineers and producers.  

Participants will receive a personal studio space to work from, available 24 hours a day. Production spaces are shared among all participants in the residency. Scholarship is available.

Who should apply?

Open to applicants worldwide, this residency is a call for artists and composers who have an established practice. 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.

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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.

Regular Meal PlanRead MoreClose

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.

Showcase Your WorkRead MoreClose

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

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

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.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

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

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

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)*
$3 199.10
+GST
Program Fee (shared room)*
$2 622.90
+GST
Program Fee with Financial Aid (single room)
$1 859.60
+GST
Program Fee with Financial Aid (shared room)
$1 283.40
+GST

Application fee: $65

*Financial Aid up to 100% is available to cover tuition. (accommodation and meals are not eligible)

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

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre! View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

How to Apply

Resume

A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience. Indicate years or periods involved and organizations or relevant persons with whom you have studied.

Personal statement

Briefly describe why you wish to attend this program.

Recordings

Up to four recent recordings up to 15 minutes in length highlighting the applicant’s creative work, as a composer and performer, as well as the artist’s ability to integrate his or her work into a varied musical environment.

Financial assistance

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

Adjudication

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. 

Eligibility

Participants must be at least 16 years of age.

Note:

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 Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)
1.800.565.9989