You’re a Composer in Manhattan or Queens and You Want Cash…


Before today I was unfamiliar with the Con Edison Musicians’ Residency Composition Program, which probably should not be abbreviated into CEMRCP but nevertheless seems like a great opportunity for composers.

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Courtesy of NYC Performing Arts Spaces, here is the 411 for residents of Manhattan and Queens:

NYC Performing Arts Spaces is pleased to announce an open call for applications for the Spring 2010 round of the Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program.

New York City-based composers in all genres are invited to apply for one of six (6) three-month residencies at one of three cultural facilities. The newly-expanded residency program will provide awardees with use of suitable composition and rehearsal space for a three-month period starting in spring 2010. Each composer-in-residence will also receive a stipend.

Here is a link for the residency guidelines.

Here is a link for the residency application.

All application materials must be received at the address below by February 26, 2010, 5:00 PM.

Award announcements will be made no later than April 1, 2010.

The residencies are funded by Con Edison, The Amphion Foundation, the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, the Reed Foundation, and individuals. NYC Performing Arts Spaces developed the program and continues to administer it.

The first Con Edison Musicians’ Residencies were awarded in the spring of 2009, when three Queens-based composers were chosen to work in residence at Flushing Town Hall.

The Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program had its genesis in NYC Performing Arts Spaces’ 2008 study “Where Can We Work?”, an examination of how access to workspace in New York City impacts musicians’ ability to compose, rehearse and perform. The study was made possible by a seminal grant from the New York State Music Fund. NYC Performing Arts Spaces is a program of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit organization serving the basic resource needs of a national community of performing and visual artists and arts organizations.

Questions about the residency program may be emailed to