Residency Opportunity: Banff Musicians in Residence - Jazz & Creative Music Fall 2021


This program provides space and focused time at Banff Centre for musicians specializing in Jazz and Creative Music to concentrate on artistic development while working on projects that can be either individually or group/ensemble based. You may be working in your established genre(s), or exploring a new one.

Along with the freedom to structure your time around the needs of your project, you will receive artistic inspiration and career advice from well-established faculty who will connect with participants during the program, both in person and online. The visiting artists come from all musical backgrounds, therefore over 3 weeks participants will have access to a range of artistic influences.

Weekly public concerts in an intimate Banff Centre venue will allow you to try out new material, perform repertoire, and share the stage with fellow artists and faculty, to a receptive and casual local audience. These concerts are also recorded for your archival use.

What does the program offer?

A different visiting artist is brought in each week to assist and mentor program participants. Visiting artists are available four to five hours per day for group and one-on-one consultations. The opportunities for interaction and collaboration have the potential to produce outstanding, creative results.  Performance and recording opportunities are also available.

A personal studio space to work from is provided and available 24 hours a day. Production spaces are shared among all participants in the residency.

Those interested in additional professional development can apply for the role of Artistic Associate and act as the liaison between faculty and musicians for the program’s duration. An individual of exceptional musical ability and maturity will be offered this unique opportunity to be involved in the delivery and event curation of the Banff Musicians in Residence program. The Artistic Associate will liaise between visiting artists and resident musicians as well as Music programming and production staff.

Who should apply?

The program is ideal for individual musicians, ensembles, bands, composers, and music researchers resident in Canada, to spend focused time working on a specific project; creating new works; preparing for concerts, auditions or competitions; or exploring and researching innovative ideas.
Participants should be comfortable working autonomously in an unstructured environment to benefit the most from the program. Musicians at all levels are encouraged to apply.

Program Dates: November 15 – December 03, 2021

Learn more about Banff Centre’s COVID-19 on-campus measures here.


How to Apply:
  • Resume
  • Project proposal
  • Portfolio
  • Resource request
  • Artistic Associate Only
Contact Information:

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

Email: MusicAdmissions@banffcentre.ca

Deadline: 15/09/2021 12:00 am (Timezone: Etc/GMT+12)

Artist in Residence, Exhibition Opportunity, Opportunities
Apply until 30/11/2021