Banff Musicians in Residence | Late Fall 2017

Performing Arts - Music
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Program Information


The Banff Musicians in Residence (BMiR) program provides emerging and established artists from the classical, jazz, singer songwriter, folk, pop, electronic, and world music traditions with a period of focused time to concentrate on artistic development. Residents are given the opportunity to expand their artistic insights through interaction with program peers and visiting artists.

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

What does the program offer?

In addition to having the freedom to structure their time around the needs of their project, you will receive artistic inspiration and career advice from well-established visiting artists who will be in residence at intervals throughout the program. This flexible program allows you to choose the length of your residency according to your needs. Residencies begin on Mondays and last for a minimum of two weeks up to the full six weeks of the program dates.

The Artistic Associate is a personal development opportunity for emerging artistic leaders wishing to develop their skills and network in a safe environment. You must be able to attend the entire residency to be considered for this portion of the program.

Who should apply?

This program is ideal for individual musicians, ensembles, bands, composers, and music researchers 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. 

The Artistic Associate may come from any musical background, but will have a wide-ranging knowledge and interest in a variety of musical genres. You must apply with a specific project and will be asked to submit a letter of intent specifically for the Artistic Associate role at the end of the application process.  A phone interview will be scheduled for the shortlisted candidates.  


Residency Length

Residency length can vary within the prescribed program dates. All residencies must begin on a Monday and last for a minimum of two weeks up to a maximum of five weeks. Musicians wishing to apply for other Banff Musicians in Residence programs (Early FallWinter) will have to indicate program preference and/or reason for a longer stay at the time of application. 


What's Included

Shared RoomRead MoreClose

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.

Choose your 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.

Choose between the Light, Regular and Full Flex meal plan - fees listed below are by default based on a regular meal plan.

Studio SpaceRead MoreClose

Create in the privacy of one of our specialised studios.

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

Daily rate (single room - subject to availability)*
Daily rate (shared room)*
Artistic Associate Program Fee (single room)**
$6 173.87

Application Fees: $65 for individuals or groups. Individual group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.

*Financial Aid up to 50% 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.

**The Artistic Associate will be offered a full scholarship to attend the program (tuition, room and board) as well as a living allowance and travel assistance. 

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre. View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here

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 goals as an artist, how you plan to achieve them, and how your experience at Banff Centre will assist you.

Project proposal

A one-page description of your proposed project, including the theme, an outline of materials and facilities that may be required, and a breakdown of timelines.


  • Performers: A sample of approximately 20 minutes of your work on audio or video support. You should aim to demonstrate the full scope of your capability by selecting contrasting works. Pre-formed ensembles must submit group recordings. There is a limit of three audio/video files within the tool.
  • Composers: Scores of two of your compositions and if possible a recording of these works. Indicate performance history if applicable. Compositions submitted should have been completed no more than five years prior to the application deadline.
  • Music researchers: Two to three essays/papers whose topics are closely related to your residency project at Banff Centre. If published, it is recommended to indicate the date of publication as well as the periodical(s) it has been published in.

Resource request

Outline all studio, equipment, software, facility, or staff support required for your project. Final resource allocation is at the discretion of the department.

Artistic Associate only

Contact details for two referees.

Additional information:

  • If you are applying as an individual, you must complete both the online application form (including $65 processing fee) and a SlideRoom application.
  • If you are applying as an ensemble, the ensemble leader must complete both the online application form (including $65 processing fee) and a SlideRoom application. Please submit only one SlideRoom application per group. There will be a $35 registration fee of each member upon acceptance to the program.


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.

Contact the Registrar

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

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)