Residencies 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. We also offer longer term residencies with bespoke support in our Open Space scheme.

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 a residency

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.

We assess applications every quarter, in January, April, July and October. You are welcome to submit an application at any time of year, but it may not be reviewed for a couple of months based on the timeline above. Please note that the Residency programme is fully subscribed for the 17-18 season, so we are only able to accept applications for residencies from April 2018 onwards.

Please note that although most expenses are covered by Snape Maltings, the Residency budgets cannot stretch to cover artists’ fees.

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