Resonance Residencies 2022

Chris Joseph

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Resonance is Opera North’s workshop programme for minority ethnic professional music creators, working in any genre, and based in the north of England. Launched in 2017, it is part of PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partner Network supported by PPL.

It’s a unique opportunity to develop new ideas, to collaborate with performers from other disciplines, and to take your work in new directions.

You might be interested in testing an exciting possibility, exploring a great musical idea, in telling a story through music, in collaborating 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.

Following our successful, socially distant ‘Lockdown Edition’ in summer 2020, we returned to collaborations in person in spring 2021, and we’re now seeking lead artists for 2022:


  •  Applicants must be from a minority ethnic background and live in the north of England
  • Applicants must be professional composers, musicians or music-makers
  • All applicants must be 18 years old or over at the time of application
  • Lead artists who have been recipients of Resonance residencies previously are not eligible for further support in 2022


Subject to the COVID-19 situation, successful applicants for the new round of residencies will receive:

  • Up to a week of free rehearsal space in Leeds with basic 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, or a live stream opportunity
  • An optional short film following the work in progress/performance
  • Signposting to further opportunities


Up to a week’s residency to take place between January – April 2022. There are five residency opportunities in total.

How to apply

To apply for a residency as part of Resonance 2022, artists should fill in the short form and submit it by 10am on Friday 10 September 2021.

As part of our commitment to making the application process as accessible as possible, this information is available in audio format, large print and braille.

If you have any queries, if you would like to arrange a time to submit an audio or video application, or if you feel that you are experiencing any further barriers to applying, please feel free to email:

You’ll be notified of the outcome of your application within three weeks of the deadline.

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

Audio information and entry form

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