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CfP – Centre d’Expérimentation Musicale Residencies

January 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Call for Applications

Creative Music Production Residencies

Deadline : January 13th 2020
The Centre d’Expérimentation Musicale invites creators to apply for a creative music production residency. Along with musicians which are CEM members, the guest artists will be asked to perform one or many works in front of an audience. Those works will be shot with multiple cameras and multitrack recorded. This broadcast-quality recording will be available on the Web.

In 2020, three residencies of three weeks will be granted. One of those residencies is intended for cultural diversity (immigrants or persons of immigrant background who were  born in Canada, of Latin American, African, Asian or Middle Eastern descent).

Offered Conditions
* $2000 for artist fee and copyrights;
* Accommodation for the whole residency period;
* A daily allowance of $30/day (residents have access to a kitchen);
* Travel expenses (by plane if more than 1000 km from the CEM);
* A complete access to the Centre’s facilities and equipment.

The CEM also has a considerable budget for hiring musicians. This way, residents will be able to rehearse with them on a daily basis. During the residencies, creators will be supported by a producer with whom they will be able to discuss about their work. The producer will be in charge of the music production while acting as a bridge between the residents and the musicians.

The Production Project
Along with musicians which are CEM members, the guest creators will be asked to present one or many works in front of an audience. Those works will be shot with multiple cameras and multitrack recorded. The goal is to present, at the end of the residency, a completed musical performance ready to be captured. It is not required for composers to play during the performance, but they are welcome to do so or to conduct the performance.

As for the musical style of the project, the Centre is very open: contemporary, musique actuelle, electronic, modern jazz, contemporary song or other unusual and unclassifiable music. The musical style doesn’t matter as much as the hybridity and the renewal of the practice, the research and the challenge. Thus, the residencies are open to creators of all backgrounds, as long as the proposal is innovative and forward-looking. As a matter of fact, the musician members of the CEM have different backgrounds and have played almost every style. Improvised music is welcome, as long as the creators offer innovative proposals regarding the approach and the themes.

These residencies are aimed to continually go back and forth between experimentation, composition, rehearsal, recording and discussions so that the creation grows through the exchanges. Since the residencies are production periods, the research-creation part and/or the music composition will have to start before arriving in residency. Most of the works produced as part of the residency must be unprecedented (i.e. never played in front of an audience), and none of them should have been recorded or captured on a video that has been or will be broadcast.

As for the duration or the form of the performance, there are very few limitations: the Centre’s facilities and high-quality equipment, as well as the budget for hiring the best local musicians will provide an opportunity to create and experiment freely, under stimulating and professional conditions. Acting as a first step or as a stage for larger projects, those proposals aim at becoming productions which are actively supported and promoted by the Centre d’Expérimentation Musicale.

You can listen to the works of our 2018 and 2019 resident on our website at:


January 13
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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