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Submission Open for Banff Centre Independent Music Residency

Friday, June 10th, 2016

2015 participant Charlotte Cornfield performing with faculty Brendan Canning

2015 participant Charlotte Cornfield performing with faculty Brendan Canning [Photo: Banff Centre]

The Banff Centre is currently accepting applications for its Independent Music Residency until July 13, 2016. The program will run Oct. 3-15, 2016.

The Banff Centre says the Independent Music Residency has been designed to meet the needs of emerging bands ready to take the next step in their careers and artistic development. It offers four indie bands a unique opportunity to write, rehearse, and record new music in a two-week stint at The Banff Centre, away from the distractions of touring and day-to-day life.

What does the program offer?

The successful bands will focus on developing their sound and creating new material, with Brendan Canning and other professional faculty on hand to provide inspiration and guidance. There will also be plenty of time to collaborate with fellow bands on the program, exchanging ideas, and sparking off each other. Each band will have their own dedicated rehearsal space, production support to assist in the creation of new material.

Recording is a central part of this residency. Artists will spend several days in the Banff Centre’s recording studio. These  sessions are intended to give artists an opportunity to experiment with new approaches to production, arrangement, recording and performance in the studio.  On average, participants are able to record two to three songs over the course of this residency, and all recorded materials remain property of the artist.

Who should apply?

This program is aimed at emerging Canadian and international bands who would benefit from time in the studio, with the opportunity to collaborate with peers and professional mentors who have been there and done it. Bands must be available to participate in the entire residency without interruption.

To apply or find out more information, go to


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