Workshop Opportunity: Indigenous Resilience in Music's Rhythm Of The People Artist Residency Program

Workshop Opportunity: Indigenous Resilience in Music's Rhythm Of The People Artist Residency Program

May 4 - May 17, 2020 at the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park in Siksika Nation, AB, & Studio Bell in Calgary, AB

Deadline: February 15, 2020

This artist residency program is the first of its kind and focuses on the revitalization of Indigenous languages through song.

In this program, a resident artist will begin learning their original people’s language under the guidance of a knowledge keeper who will mentor them in implementing their language into new music that will be produced, recorded, and showcased for the greater music community.

The goal of this residency program is to encourage and empower the resident artist to learn their original people’s language for the purpose of language and cultural preservation for future generations. Indigenous Resilience in Music asks that the songs created in this program be exclusive to the artist’s original people’s language and that they refrain from using other languages in the songs they create.

At the beginning of the residency, both the musician(s) and knowledge keeper will be placed in a 5-day intensive language revitalization mentorship program at the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park in Siksika Nation, AB. Throughout the mentorship program, the knowledge keeper will be guiding and mentoring the artist and/or musicians in learning their language which they will implement into their new music. In the 2nd week of the residency, the musician and knowledge keeper will be transitioning to the Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre in Calgary, AB, where they will begin the process of writing their new music that will be recorded and produced in Studio Rooms A & B of the Studio Bell. This writing process will be supported by the centre’s Studio Rooms A & B and instruments collections to assist the artist in the song production process. 

Once the residency is completed, Indigenous Resilience in Music will honour the hard work of the resident artist through a fully engineered, mastered, and produced vinyl record release of their new music and end the program with an invitation for the artist to perform during our Rhythm of the People – Music & Arts Festival. 

QUALIFICATIONS AND ASSESSMENT: 

All applicants must be able to self-identify as being of Indigenous heritage.

Artists applying to this program will be assessed based on the ethics and intention of their application as an artist and musician creating new music in this residency. Their assessment committee will review applications with high consideration of the artist's key steps and goals to addressing the importance of Indigenous language and cultural preservation for future generations through music. The assessment committee will consider more than an applicant’s career standing and will give equal opportunity to first-time applicants into a similar program.  

Applications are open from January 1, 2020 (12:00PM MST) - February 15, 2020 (11:59PM MST). 

Once applications are closed, no extensions will be granted to late applicants. This is a strict deadline.

For more info and to apply click here.

For the program guidelines click here.

Notice of Success: March 2, 2020

Artist residency program dates: May 4, 2020 - May 17, 2020  

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