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.
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.
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.
Create in the privacy of one of our specialised studios, accessible 24/7.
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.
Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
Fees & Financial Assistance
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.
Help fund your experience at Banff Centre. View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.
How to Apply
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.