The National Sawdust Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program is designed for artists seeking to incubate and develop a new multidisciplinary work. Whether creating a composition or presenting ensemble or solo work, participants are encouraged to explore new ideas and create and cultivate new directions in their work. With access to state-of-the-art facilities — including the Meyer Sound Constellation® Acoustic System and Spacemap® Multi-Channel Panning System, National Sawdust’s recording facilities — and knowledgeable staff who are available to provide technical, marketing, development assistance,* the program provides a perfect playground for learning, experimentation, and risk-taking. Participants attend talks and performances by world-renowned visiting artists and industry experts and receive mentorship from established leaders in the arts field. In addition, artists have the opportunity to build connections, create networks, collaborate, and share their work in 2-4 performances throughout the year at the National Sawdust venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 

What does the program offer?

With a total financial commitment of $450k (in kind and reward payments combined), the National Sawdust Artist-in-Residence program ensures that dedicated artists can present their new works in various stages of development in concert.

  • Up to 20 hours of in-kind rehearsal time in the space
  • Discount off-site rehearsal space rates
  • Residency Stipend in the range of $2500 – $10,000, to be divided amongst 2-4 performances throughout the year. 
  • Technical support with a lighting designer, a sound engineer as well as OPS team for all rehearsals, engagements & performances. 
  • Inclusion in National Sawdust’s’ season press release announcement 
  • Highlighted on the National Sawdust website and throughout our residency pages.
  • Included in community initiatives (after school programs, community days)
  • The opportunity for various off-site/special event gigs (National Sawdust Gala, Board Member events, Art Basel, SXSW, Sotheby’s,Touring NS Projects to Kennedy Center, Wallis Annenburg and more)
  • Access to Artist Development Workshops with visiting artists and National Sawdust staff

What is the length of the residency?

The National Sawdust Artist-in-Residence program begins in September and lasts one year (the length of an entire performance season). Residents will be asked to present their work in 2-4 shows throughout the entire year.

Who should apply?

National Sawdust Artists-in-Residence embody artistic excellence and are diverse in background and style. Past residents have included musicians, writers, set designers, and stage directors. Residents have some history of published work and/or performance history; they have completed some formal training in the arts; and/or they have some recognition from their peers or media. Collaborative groups are welcome to apply.