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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. The program is designed to explore the entire process of songwriting and all of the different methodologies. 

Participants will have performance opportunities in front of a passionate audience as well as time in Banff Centre’s recording studio 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 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

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 $29 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-progress in [one of our performance venues / an open studios event in Glyde Hall].

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 6 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)*
$3 264.55
Program fee with Financial Aid (Single Room)*
$1 922.55
Program fee (Shared Room)*
$2 670.04
Program fee with Financial Aid (Shared Room)*
$1 328.04

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

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.

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:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)