Who is the Residency programme for?
The Residency programme is for artists at any stage of their career, who are creatively curious and who have burning ideas, or who, in light of Covid-19 and other social and political events of the past year, are wanting to re-focus their practice, to address anxieties brought on by a year of few or no performance opportunities, or to take their work in a new direction.
We are excited by and want to work with all music genres, including folk, jazz, classical, world, electronics, RnB, and music theatre, and we facilitate inter-disciplinary ideas and ideas for developing work within community settings. We also want to hear from you if you need time for your own development needs, which might include your creative wellbeing, mentorship, or exploring digital outcomes for your work.
Our criteria for selecting residencies this year will be:
- It’s a creative, risky idea that will push you out of your comfort zone. Or, you’ve identified a need for some specific personal development, which could include re-focusing or altering your career trajectory as a result of the past year.
- It has at least some element which is new for you or re-energises you.
- It involves musicians and artists whom we would like to experience the place, who will embrace the Snape Maltings ethos of performing, creating, collaborating and sharing, and who are likely to contribute to other aspects of Snape Maltings’s work either during the residency or in the future.
What can you expect from a Residency?
A Residency at Britten Pears Arts is a hugely valuable experience that provides unrivalled opportunity to focus on your own ideas and development. Residencies last between 3-7 days, depending on your specific needs. We provide an equipped space to work, space to sleep, travel expenses and lunch on site. Depending on individual need, other benefits of a Residency might include (but are not limited to):
- Producer support, in the lead-up to and/or during your Residency
- Mentorship or facilitation of your process
- Wellbeing support during your Residency
- Recording or filming of your process or outcomes
- Support with sourcing funding including advice on budget development
- Equipment to test out ideas
Please note that we do not pay fees, but can advise on support available should financial viability be an issue for you and your collaborators.
If you have a low income and feel you genuinely cannot access the Residency programme without additional support, we have a limited budget to provide financial support, including for those who have other access needs, for example care provision. If you do feel you need additional support, please tell us when you submit your application, including a paragraph of background information to help us assess how we can best support you.
We can also help you with funding applications to relevant funders if needed.
Once selected for a Residency, we’ll provide remote and in-person support both before and up to a year after your Residency. After an initial Residency we may be interested in exploring your idea further with you, which could include sign-posting you to other support channels that would make a perfect next step. We’ll also be looking at ways to connect you into other opportunities within the organisation.
What do we expect from you?
We expect you to be open, curious, and willing to engage with our creative campus beyond your own idea, which may include taking some time away from your project to meet with other artists also on site. Practically, you may be expected to allow public access to the work that’s being undertaken. This will be in the form of an informal Open Session at the end of your Residency, and additionally some projects may also be invited to participate in an upcoming Aldeburgh Festival or concert series, including the Festival of New.
One of the residency slots available will take place in the week leading up to Festival of New and will culminate in a performance as part of the festival. The festival is a whirlwind two days of freshly devised music and sound, exploring some of the most exciting work being made in the UK. The weekend is attended by industry professionals, media and a dedicated, open minded audience who immerse themselves in the spirit of the festival.
We are working to remove financial barriers to our programme. As a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner, we are now improving how we support artists who might not otherwise be able to access a Residency. Please click on the financial support button below to make a self-assessment and let us know in your application if you think you are eligible for this support.