Performing Arts at Banff Centre is committed to the commissioning, development, and production of new works in all major performance disciplines. These residencies are designed for artists in the initial creation phase of a new work in our studio spaces. Artists may stay for the entire period or for one of the two weeks.
Additional dates are available in winter and spring, as well as during the Dance Artist in Residence program.
What does the program offer?
This residency offers a range of work spaces and facilities depending on participants' needs and availability. Artists can create in our dance studios and fully-equipped music studios. More information about our facilities can be found here.
Banff Centre provides limited production support for these residencies. Additional technical support may be negotiated when possible. Partial residencies may be available.
Who should apply?
We invite project proposals from individual artists, artistic collectives, and companies. Artists at various stages of practice are encouraged to apply, whether they are at the conceptual stage or ready for creation, development, and refinement of a new work.
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.
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 Full Flex meal plan includes $38 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.
This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in one of our performance venues.
Demo recordings: you’ll have the option to record up to 30 minutes of music at a reduced rate as part of your program. These recordings are intended to be used for auditions or personal promotion, not for commercial purposes.
Studio recordings: commercial recordings can also be integrated into a music residency at normal rates.
Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $65 for individuals or groups. Individual group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.
*Prices per person. Financial Aid up to 100% is available to cover tuition (meal plans and accommodations are not eligible).
Shorter residencies may be available. Please inquire for details.
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How to Apply
Group applications: the group leader must complete a single application and upload supporting materials on behalf of the whole group.
Adjudication is based on artistic merit and the ability of Banff Centre to help realize the project. 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 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 Banff Centre.