For artists and researchers at all stages of their careers to be creative, curious, to play, to make and to experiment.


The Residency programme at Snape Maltings is centred around exciting, adventurous ideas from interesting artists and researchers who are in need of development time.

We provide a supportive, safe environment to be creative, curious, to play, to make and to experiment. Our focus is on giving artists and researchers the space to develop new ideas, skills and ways of working that will enable a step change in your career.

“Our residency at Snape gave us something we've never been given before, a safe space to do things to see if they work. It enabled us to be bolder, braver and take more risks than we've ever done before.”

Ruth Mariner

Snape Maltings is uniquely positioned in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that inspired many of Benjamin Britten’s great works and ideas. The Residency programme draws on Britten and Pears’ vision for invaluable artist development opportunities, and there are a range of amazing projects that come out of the programme and go on to be successful and life-changing for the artists involved.

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“Having the chance to develop our opera at Snape Maltings was a gamechanger. The surroundings are so inspiring and the support from the technical and admin staff is amazing. Our piece has gone from ‘R and D’ to ‘ready to perform’ stage in a really large part because of this support”

John Barber

We are very excited to be teaming up with BT to offer Residencies in their Acoustic Laboratory.

We want to hear from anyone who might be interested in spending a week in this environment, whether you’re a composer, a specialist in found sound, a music group such as a choir or acoustic ensemble, or someone interested in research and music, to name but a few examples. Dates for these Residencies are more flexible, so please tell us when you send your application form in that you want to apply for a BT Residency.

"The most valuable, artistically intensive and productive week of work in our recent history, the direct outcomes of which, including an international tour and collaborations with other major ensembles, artists and promoters are continuing to develop and flourish more than a year after the residency ended"

Piano Circus

“The midwife to my latest album and creative project was without question the Snape Residency. The 5 short days there provided the sanctuary and nutrients to start what has been one of the most inspiring musical journeys yet, the fruits of which would not have been as healthy and rich anywhere else.”

Sam Lee

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.

Residential courses are being developed and piloted for:

  • Orchestral Violinists
  • Musicians working in Challenging Settings
  • Choir Directors
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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 is generously supported by the John Ellerman Foundation, Help Musicians UK, and the PRS Foundation

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.

Snape Maltings is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner