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CMC Library Residency

The CMC national library contains some 25,000 works by nearly 900 composers—the CMC Library Residency is designed to shine a light on exciting works. In many ways, the resident artists act as interpreters 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? Do these works impact you as an artist/listener today? In 2018, CMC – Ontario will provide an honorarium to two 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 2015-17 residencies.

Eligibility: Any artist living in 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. Library scores can also be mailed to participating artists.

Residency details:

Following the application process, two artists will be selected. Each artist will engage in the residency process as outlined below.

  • Duration: 4 months (scheduled with input from selected artists)
  • Contribution: 4 blog posts (minimum 500 words), posted monthly
  • Honorarium: $300


  • 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 score samples, audio/video streaming, and Centrediscs releases
  • Where possible, connect blog posts with content featured in CMC programming in Ontario region
  • Curate a small physical display/exhibit at the CMC in Toronto (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: February 5, 2018

Application Requirements:

Complete the online form embedded below and provide the following:

  • CV
  • Links to recent writing samples (a minimum of 2 samples are required)
  • Artistic Statement: 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).
  • Promo: Discuss how you can promote your blog posts through personal channels.

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