Singer Songwriter Residency

Performing Arts - Music
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Program Information


Explore the craft of songwriting with Grammy Award-winning and Hall of Fame artists in this 20-day residency. This songwriting-focused intensive provides participants the opportunity to advance their creative practice and further their career in one-on-one sessions with expert faculty and group workshops with peers. 

Participants will have performance opportunities in front of a passionate audience and recording studio time with support from the artistic director, faculty mentors, staff producers, and engineers. Participants will also have the freedom to structure their time around the needs of their project, explore the unique process of songwriting, and discover the art of the song.

What does the program offer?

Programming includes a series of studio visits, workshops, and performance opportunities. You'll interact with a supportive community of up to 30 peers and have 24-hour access to a personal studio. Production spaces are also available; shared with other participants in the residency.

Who should apply?

Open to applicants worldwide, this residency is perfect for singer songwriters, artists, and musicians who have an established professional practice writing and performing their own original material and creating their own musical arrangements. Artists should have produced an independent body of work, and received recognition through public presentation in performance or recordings and from their peers.


What's Included

Shared RoomRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes 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.

Note: Only participants residing within a 100-km radius of Banff Centre can opt out from on-site accommodation.

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 $29 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Studio SpaceRead MoreClose

Create in the privacy of one of our specialised studios, accessible 24/7.

Recording OpportunitiesRead MoreClose

Recording opportunities in the Telus studio with staff producers and engineers will be provided.

Showcase Your WorkRead MoreClose

Professionally stage managed performance opportunities will be offered during the residency program in Rolston Recital Hall, The Club, and community venues. Self-directed performance opportunities will also be available during the residency, mostly taking place in the Bentley Chamber Music Studio.

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*
$2 537.96

Application fee: $65

*Financial Aid up to 60% is available for this program.  

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

Financial assistance

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


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 song-writing 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.


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.

Acceptance to residencies is based on:  

  • Artistic excellence and integrity, as well as the merit of the suggested artistic project
  • Probability the artist will realize the project
  • Ability of Banff Centre to provide appropriate support

Acceptance to more than one program will be based on the musician's demonstrated and genuine artistic need.

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 the Registrar

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

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