2023 Applications are now closed!
Thank you for your interest in the Songwriter in Residence program. Applications for the 2023 program closed at 11:59pm MT on November 14, 2022. The successful applicant will be contacted by DCMF by November 21, 2022, via email.
2024 Application Information
RESIDENCY DATES: Full month of January 2024
LOCATION: Dawson City, Yukon, Canada (Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in traditional and contemporary territory)
APPLICATION PERIOD: Applications are typically accepted between September and November annually.
HOW TO APPLY
1. Read the guidelines here.
2. Check out this fun additional info, if you’re curious.
3. Wait for our Call for Submissions in the fall of 2023 for full details.
Note: we will not accept applications outside of the application period.
This program is open to Canadian and international songwriters aged 19+ with a professional practice at any stage in their career (established, mid-career, and emerging). Equal consideration will be given to all musical genres, and eligibility is not limited to traditional lyric-based songwriting.
We encourage applications from songwriters from all communities and backgrounds. Please let us know if there are any accommodations you need during the application process or the residency itself.
APPLICATION GUIDELINES AVAILABLE HERE.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE RESIDENCY AND DAWSON CITY IS AVAILABLE HERE.
The Songwriter-in-Residence program is hosted in the Macaulay House, constructed in 1901. This two-story furnished home is owned by Parks Canada as part of the Klondike National Historic Sites Complex and is centrally located within Dawson City.
There are two studio spaces and bedrooms to choose from, a living room, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, and internet.
Artists have access to DCMF audio equipment and facilities, and Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC) equipment and facilities including video & sound equipment, art supplies, printing facilities, a piano, and performance space as available.
Dawson City is made up of dirt roads and elevated wooden boardwalks, often uneven, exacerbated by snowbanks and ice in the wintertime. In January, there is limited daylight so artists can expect to be in the dark when outside, except for a couple afternoon hours.
There is no public transit or taxis in Dawson, however, DCMF will pick up and drop off the artist from the airport. Many residents walk throughout the winter despite the colder temperatures as the townsite is not very big and amenities are close.
The Macaulay House has six steps up to the front door, and no ramp unfortunately. The laundry, kitchen, living room and one studio are located on the main floor. Both bedrooms, the second studio space, and a washroom (standard tub with showerhead) are located on the second floor.
Please get in touch with us at email@example.com if you would like more accessibility-related information about the Macaulay House or Dawson City prior to applying.
Due to the nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the public performance and community outreach delivery and format may be subject to change. DCMF reserves the right to cancel the residency program should the need occur.
Dawson City is a small, remote community with limited healthcare resources – DCMF continues to conduct all events and operations with consideration for safety and caution. The successful applicant will discuss conduct and safety precautions with DCMF in advance of travel to Dawson City.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Since 2006, the Dawson City Music Festival Association has proudly operated an annual Songwriter in Residence program in partnership with the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, North Klondyke Highway Music Society, and Parks Canada. Each January, the program brings a songwriter to Dawson City for a month-long stay in the historic Parks Canada Macaulay House.
Past DCMF Songwriters in Residence have been shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, received Juno Awards, and performed at some of Canada’s premier venues such as Massey Hall and the National Arts Centre.
We invite an artist to Dawson City for the month of January to work on their craft, perform one public concert, and facilitate one outreach activity.
We contribute to our community with programming intended to promote interaction, engagement, and foster an appreciation and understanding of songwriting, music, and the arts in general.
We provide songwriters with ample time, space, and resources to research, develop, and produce ongoing and/or new material, and work on related activities.
We create opportunities for collaboration between visiting artists and both professional and developing Yukon songwriters and musicians.
We introduce artists to the people, culture, and land of the North in a respectful way.
We ensure Dawson City has exposure and access to a wide range of contemporary music, live performances, and educational opportunities.