Call for submissions: National Music Centre Artist in Residence program

April 19, 2016

With the opening of Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC), mere months away, NMC is excited to start accepting new submissions to its Artist in Residence program.

NMC’s unique approach to having a “living” collection allows artists to access our historic instruments in the composition and recording of new music, while at the same time balancing their preservation.

“At the National Music Centre, we believe that instigating the future of music is just as important as preserving it,” said Adam Fox, director of programs at NMC. “The Artist in Residence program is a vital part of our vision to be a catalyst for the creation of new music in Canada.”

Basia Bulat performing during the 2014 Polaris long list announcement at NMC. Bulat is an alum of the Artist in Residence program, and an instrument from NMC’s collection was used on her latest LP,
Good Advice. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

The Artist in Residence program has inspired and contributed to recordings from acts such as Gotye, Basia BulatTimber Timbre, and Shout Out Out Out Out, along with collaborative works between Montreal’s Kid Koala and noted Beastie Boys associate Money Mark. Last summer, celebrated producer, engineer, and musician Daniel Lanois also took part in this program.

The program is designed to feed and nurture artistic creativity and technical innovation by providing artists at various levels of professional development with uninterrupted time and space, and the use of our unique collection and expertise, to create new and innovative works in a unique and supportive world-class facility. NMC’s vision is to become a national catalyst for discovery, innovation, and renewal through music.

Artists in Residence are provided with:
• A period of focused time to concentrate on personal artistic development and work towards their proposed project
• An opportunity to use, sample, and record unique instruments and equipment from the NMC Collection
• Access to performance spaces for community outreach and engagement
• Access to NMC Collections’ staff and their expertise

As well, the Artist in Residence program offers access to three historic recording consoles, including the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio (RSM), and over 300 musical artifacts, spanning 450 years of music technology and innovation.

“As the recording industry continues to change because of new technologies, it will be important that these types of recording spaces are built in the public domain, so that high-quality musical works remain accessible to artists of all stripes,” said Andrew Mosker, president and CEO at NMC.

Construction of Studio Bell began in early 2013 and will open to the public in July 2016. The project will cost $191 million, and NMC has raised over $130 million to complete the 160,000 square foot cultural space. Call for applications for fall / winter 2016–17 closes on May 31, 2016. 

To apply for NMC’s Artist in Residence program or learn more, click here.

The National Music Centre’s Artist in Residence program is generously supported by Bell Media.

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