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CMC Library – Online Residence

The CMC national library contains some 25,000 works by nearly 900 composers—our Library Residency is designed to shine a light on exciting pieces in the collection. In many ways, the resident artist acts as an interpreter of the CMC collection, offering a personal glimpse into the historical, cultural, and artistic significance of various pieces.

What biographical information about the composer and performers should Canadians know about? Do these works impact you as an artist/listener today? CMC – Ontario will provide an honorarium to three artists to actively engage with the CMC library and generate blog posts highlighting various pieces in the collection, and injecting life into pieces that are often forgotten or overlooked. You can click here for examples of blog posts from the 2015-16 residencies.

Eligibility: Any artist living in Ontario, or affiliated with CMC Ontario

  • Composers, performers, conductors, choreographers, poets and artists in other disciplines who are interested in discussing contemporary music are eligible
  • Artists living outside of Toronto can remotely access the CMC digital archive (including scores, audio, articles, and other material) in collaboration with the Director of Ontario Region

Residence details:

  • First online residence: January to April 2017
    • 4 blog posts*
    • 400 words each
    • $200 honorarium
  • Second online residence: May to August 2017
    • 4 blog posts*
    • 400 words each
    • $200 honorarium
  • Third online residence: September to December 2017
    • 4 blog posts*
    • 400 words each
    • $200 honorarium

*Blog posts will be posted monthly


  • Each blog post represents a different composer and a different composition.
  • Represent a wide variety of composers (gender, age, region, aesthetic), styles, media
  • Featured composers must be CMC Associate Composers
  • Where possible, integrate digital content including PDF scores and audio streaming, and Centrediscs releases
  • Where possible, connect blog posts with content featured in CMC programming in Ontario region
  • Curate a small physical display/exhibit in Chalmers House (in collaboration with the Director of Ontario Region) to mirror select blog posts, integrating physical artifacts, commercial CDs, physical scores, and other material
  • Explore possibilities for replicating the archival display in other communities in Ontario

Deadline: December 5, 2016

Application Requirements: Complete the online form (click here or use the embedded form below) and provide the following

  • Link to your CV (hosted on dropbox, issuu, elsewhere)
  • Links to recent writing samples (at least 2 samples are required)
  • Artistic Statement (max 1000 words): What do you hope to achieve as part of the library residency program? Suggest possible composers/pieces that you might want to write about, and themes you would like to explore (a reminder that this proposal is speculative, and if selected you can deviate from your proposal). Discuss how you can promote your blog posts through personal channels.
  • If you have a preference, indicate the residency timing you prefer

For more information:
Matthew Fava
Director – Ontario Region
416-961-6601 ext. 207