NMC’s Artist In Residence program opens call for submissions

April 25, 2016

Even with access to so many government resources here in Canada, it can be difficult for musicians to make the album they dream of making. Something like that often requires a hard-to-find environment, access to the right equipment and people, and the time to achieve it. And that’s all on top of writing the actual record. Enter the National Music Centre’s Artist In Residence program.

With access to over 300 musical artifacts and three recording consoles, including the legendary portable studio, the Rolling Stones Recording Mobile (RSM), spanning 450 years of music history, technology, and innovation, it’s tough to find a better spot than Studio Bell in Calgary to make a record. Previously, the Artist In Residence program has inspired and contributed to recordings from artists like Basia Bulat, Gotye, and Timber Timbre. Last year, iconic Canadian artist and producer Daniel Lanois took part in the program. It’s one unique to not only the country, but the globe.

“There is no program in the world, to my knowledge, that offers the sort of access we are providing to historic artifacts,” Adam Fox, Director of Programs at NMC says. “Combining our immense and rich collection with world-class and historic recording facilities creates an unparalleled resource for Canadian artists. We are so excited to start exploring the possibilities of the program in the new space.”

Of the myriad resources available to artists taking place in the program, these are the basics:

  • A period of focused time to work on their proposed project, and artist development.
  • The ability to work with musical equipment from NMC’s collection.
  • Access to local performance spaces.
  • Access to NMC staff’s knowledge and expertise.

Overall, NMC’s Artist in Residence program provides unprecedented access to the peace of mind, time, and space provided, as well as the musical history, and equipment that NMC hopes inspires a future of great art works.

“With this stream of residencies, the goal is to inspire the creative growth of artists. Artists can come to Studio Bell to record and create, but also to experiment,” Fox says.

“We encourage applicants to consider creative approaches to utilizing NMC’s unique and world-class collection of music technology and instruments, and to consider collaborations that will produce outcomes they wouldn’t otherwise enjoy. I think that enabling artists to access our collection and recording facility, as well as knowledgeable NMC staff and experts and potential collaborators will certainly help to propel their work. We are creating the ideal environment for incubation, where artists will be inspired to create.”

Call for applications for fall/winter 2016-17 closes on May 31, 2016.

For more information, and to apply, check out the Artist In Residence program page. See the full press release regarding the Artist In Residence program.


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Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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