Opera North Resonance Residencies 2022/2023

Chris Joseph

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Opera North is seeking applications from music creators of colour for our next Resonance residency programme.

The Resonance music residency programme is an opportunity for music creators and composers working in any genre to develop a new performance idea with music at its heart. Resonance is open to all professional music-makers of colour living across the north of England.

You might be interested in testing an exciting possibility, exploring a great musical idea, in telling a story through music, in making new music in collaboration with a filmmaker or visual artist, or something else altogether.

The residency could be your first step towards making the project, or part of a longer process that you are working on.

The programme offers:

· Up to a week of free rehearsal space in Leeds with appropriate technical support
· A grant of up to £3,500 to cover fees for those involved and other costs
· Support and advice from technicians, producers and other specialists as needed
· An optional ‘work in progress’ performance opportunity for an invited audience
· An optional short film and/or audio recording
· Bespoke advice and support for up to a year after the residency


Up to a week’s residency to take place between October 2022 and April 2023. There are five open residency opportunities in total.


· Applicants must be a person of colour and live in the north of England or the Midlands
· Applicants must be professional composers or music creators
· All applicants must be 18 years old or over at the time of application and not in full time education
· Lead artists who have been recipients of Resonance residencies within the last year are not eligible. Priority may be given to applicants who have not received Resonance funding previously.

As a signatory of the Keychange initiative founded by PRS Foundation, Opera North is committed to a 50/50 gender balance among recipients of Resonance residencies.

We also aim to support music creators across a range of genres across the north and Midlands.

Application process:  

· Please fill in the short form below and submit it by 10am on Monday 11th July 2022.  If you have any queries or would like to discuss making an application, please feel free to email us: kathryn.gasic@operanorth.co.uk

Previous Resonance artists Jose Puello and Jasdeep Singh Degun will join Opera North Projects on the selection panel.

· We will let everyone know whether they have been successful within three weeks of the deadline.

· Shortlisted artists will be asked for an informal meeting to discuss their project.

We’re committed to making the application process as accessible as possible:

If you require a form in large print, braille or audio please let us know.

If you require specific support in making an application please contact Kathryn.gasic@operanorth.co.uk

We accept video applications answering the questions in the application form of no more than 5 minutes.


How to apply

To apply for Resonance 2022-23, artists should fill in this short form and submit it by 10am on Monday 11 July 2022. To qualify for consideration, the lead artist must be a professional composer, musician or music-maker of colour, aged 18 years old or over and living in the north of England or the Midlands.


Opera North is keen to attract the widest possible range of talented artists for the scheme. The entry form is available in alternative formats, including Easy Read, Braille, hard copy and audio, and submissions can be accepted via audio or video. To discuss any additional needs or overcoming further barriers to applying, please contact kathryn.gasic@operanorth.co.uk


The Resonance 2022/2023 programme is developed by Opera North Projects, based in Leeds. Opera North Projects is part of the national opera company for the north of England, but works with musicians across all styles of music.

Opera North Projects produces the programme in the Howard Assembly Room (www.howardassemblyroom.co.uk), a 300-seat venue for an eclectic range of music from Afrobeat and reggae to classical western and Indian music; from blues, folk, jazz and electronic music, to throat singing and live film scores. We hope to reflect this musical diversity in the Resonance 2022/2023 programme.

Resonance 2022/2023 is a member of PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partner Network supported by PPL

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