Music Artist in Residence Application

Deadline: 11:59 pm, March 31st, 2019

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation is pleased to announce that we are seeking applications for the 2019/2020 Music Artist in Residence program. This extended residency is designed for professional jazz musicians from varying stages of their career who wish to explore new aspects of musical performance, composition, promotion, and business. The program includes routine performances at Kranzberg Arts Foundation venues (notably the Dark Room at the Grandel), as well as co-working spaces, marketing support, networking opportunities, dedicated studio time, and pro bono accounting and legal services.

Program Goals:

The mission of the Music Artist in Residence program is to help each participant to define, pursue, and achieve their own personal goals as an artist and working musician. Regardless of individual objectives, each Resident will exit the program with improved skills, new professional relationships, and increased knowledge.

Important Dates:

Selections finalized April 15th 2019
Public announcements May 1st 2019
Residency begins June 1st 2019; ends December 30th, 2020

Program Schedule:

June 2019 – December 2020: Routine performances centered at the Dark Room at the Grandel Theater and other Kranzberg Arts Foundation venues
June 2019 – December 2019
: Onboarding, focus on performance and bandleading skills and goals assessment
September 2019: Resident Artist Showcase/ Fundraiser Concert
January 2020- March 2020: Studio recording session rotations
March 2020 – June 2020: Re-assessment of self-directed goals, focus on building industry connections
April 2020- June 2020: Live video recording session rotations
June 2020: Release of Resident studio compilation album
July 2020 – December 2020: Focus on self-directed goals, out of town booking, and marketing

Participating Venues:

The Grandel Theatre (performance), The Dark Room at the Grandel (performance), The Kranzberg Arts Center Studio (performance and rehearsal), Performing Arts Incubator co-working space at .ZACK (office work and meetings), Gaslight Studios (performance and recording), Clayton Studios (recording)


The Music Artist in Residence program serves as a point of connection for performance opportunities both within and without the Kranzberg sphere of venues and events. The hiring of Resident Artists will be leveraged with outside partners whenever appropriate, providing both financial support and valuable exposure. Program participants will also be included as opening slots for touring artists hosted by Kranzberg Arts Foundation venues and showcased through various special events through the year.

Residents will also participate in a “live” studio compilation record which will feature one original track from each Artist, as well as an individual live performance with video recording.


Residency participants will be eligible to utilize up to 10 hours of one-on-one consultation with Kranzberg Arts Foundation staff, Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA), instructional partners, and program alumni. Subject to individual artist needs, areas of specialization may include any of the following topics:

  • Publishing, royalties, and contracts
  • Marketing, promotions, and press
  • Songwriting and composition
  • Recording
  • Booking and fee negotiation
  • Web development and online distribution
  • Networking
  • Bandleading

Promotional Resources:

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation marketing team will produce artist biography and press photography as needed in order to establish an effective starting point for successful promotion of each Resident Artist. Over the course of the residency, our staff will continue to provide promotional support to each Resident Artist as well as their individual endeavors during that time. This includes but is not limited to press releases, mail lists, social media posts, and radio spots on 88.1 KDHX.

Eligibility and Selection:

Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria: professionalism in their craft, composition, marketing, social skills, and community focus.

Final selections will be determined by a panel of judges comprising MAIR program alumni and outside patrons and partners. Both aptitude and accomplishment will be taken into consideration relative to each candidate’s level of experience. Between 6 and 8 participants will be chosen based on the strength and diversity of the submission pool.