For artists at all stages of their careers to experiment, take risks, develop new skills and recharge creative batteries.



Residencies at Snape Maltings are designed to provide a unique opportunity for musicians and other artists at all stages of their career to experiment, take risks, develop new skills and recharge creative batteries.

With its dramatic landscapes, soaring skies and a rich musical history, Snape Maltings is a haven for creativity. Since the days of Benjamin Britten it remains a place where artists from around the world find inspiration and are stimulated to reach their full potential.

Residencies usually last for a week – longer, sometimes, in the case of composers. Groups or individuals are generally funded for their accommodation, food and UK travel and will be expected to allow public access to the work that’s being undertaken.

This will be in the form of an informal Open Session performance, and additionally some projects may also be invited to participate in an upcoming Aldeburgh Festival or concert series.

Applying for residencies

The residency programme is always oversubscribed, and as such we plan our residencies at least six months in advance. It is intended for the development of specific creative projects and therefore not meant simply to provide a funded rehearsal period. Our criteria for selecting residencies are:

  • It’s a creative project which will really benefit from a Residency. Risky is good.
  • It has at least some element which is new, whether in terms of music, collaborations or processes.
  • It involves musicians and artists whom we would like to experience the place, who will embrace the Snape Maltings ethos of performing, creating and sharing, and who are likely to contribute to other aspects of Snape Maltings’s work either during the residency or in the future.

Please note that we cannot pay fees.
Applications for residencies are currently closed. Please check back soon for information about the next application period.

MOT Programme

As part of the developments taking shape within the Creative Campus, Snape Maltings is being supported by Help Musicians UK to create residential courses that provide rejuvenation, inspiration and support for musicians from a variety of settings.

Mon 10 Dec – Fri 14 Dec 2018
MOT: Strings
Giving busy professional violinists the time, space and resources to gain perspective on their career, re-inspire their artistic instincts and develop any technical, physical or psychological areas in relation to their career as a musician.

Weds 6 March – Mon 11 March 2019
MOT: Musicians working in Challenging Settings
For experienced music leaders working with people who are living in challenging circumstances, which may include in prisons, care homes, hospitals, hospices or other community settings.

February 2020
MOT: Choir Directors
Vocal health, self-resilience and an exploration of how the nation’s leading choral conductors can best support those who look to them for guidance.

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Open Space

Between 2013-2019, we have been fortunate to support a number of individual artists and ensembles on a long-term artist development scheme, Open Space, which has been generously supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Through a series of artist-led residencies, Open Space has offered the flexibility to explore and create new works, try out new collaborations and experiment with new ways of working, away from the pressures of everyday life as a professional musician.

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Snape Maltings gratefully acknowledges the support of the PRS for Music Foundation.

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Help Musicians UK is the leading independent charity for musicians. For the last 96 years, we have helped thousands of musicians establish themselves in the music business, get through a serious crisis, cope with long-term difficulties and enjoy retirement. We are proud to invest in outstanding talent and help artists take their career to the next level.