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Montréal: Residency for New Music

Anna Korsun - Residency for New Music Photo (detail): Anna Korsun © Konrad Fersterer

Who: Composers who have at least two years of artistic practice and who have had at least one work broadcasted or interpreted publicly in places or contexts recognized by their peers. 

Section: Music 

Duration: 2 months

Deadline for Application: May 15, 2023

Information about the call for application:


The Goethe-Institut Montreal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Le Vivier – Carrefour des musiques nouvelles are pleased to offer a two month residency in composition in new music to a composer living and working in Germany. This residency will offer the composer important experiences in his/her professional development. A new environment and the chance to meet other local artists will create favourable conditions for creativity, the development of his/her artistic practice and for an international career.

The residency in Montreal aims to offer networking opportunities and long-term exchange between Québécois and German composers, as well as contributing to the development of their artistic practices. The residency also aims to contribute to the dissemination of the selected composers’ works in Québec and Germany.

Within the framework of this exchange, a Québécois composer will reside two months at HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden.

Area of Focus

Contemporary music

Targeted Candidates 

This international residency is designed for composers who have at least two years of artistic practice and who have had at least one work broadcasted or interpreted publicly in places or contexts recognized by their peers.

The Location

Le Vivier – Comprising 50 music ensembles and organisations, Le Vivier is a community initiative. Its mission is to facilitate the development of new music, and offering through presentation of quality works, an open door to culture.

Duration of Residency

The length of each residency is two months:
1st residency: between mid-September and the end of November 2023
2nd residency: March and April 2024, with a possibility to perform as part of Le Vivier season.

Benefits of the Residency

  • The grant includes the following: transport costs and lodging. 
  • The selected artists will also receive $ 3,000 CAD to cover living costs.


To apply for these residencies, please send your application (in English) by May 15, 2023 to

Please include:

  • A cover letter in which you demonstrate how the residency will impact your professional development
  • A description of the project (one page)
  • A biography
  • An extract of a recent work

We request that composers mention their technical requirements for the residency and to distinguish between what is necessary from what is desirable. Le Vivier and its partners will try to provide this equipment to the best of their abilities.

An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to the applicants.

The residency is made possible through:  
  • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
  • HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden
  • Goethe-Institut Montreal
  • Le Vivier – Carrefour des musiques nouvelles
  • Antenne du Québec à Berlin
  • Head Office of the Goethe-Institut, Music Department
Past and coming residencies in new music in Montreal by German artists:
  • Hanna Hartman (2015)
  • Anna Korsun (2016)
  • Snezana Nešić (2017)
  • Christopher Williams (2018)
  • Yukiko Watanabe (2019)
  • Karin Wetzel (2020)

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