Artists aim to interpret the world, and draw on personal experiences to develop work that creates an impact. To realize that goal, they need space, support, and guidance. As an artist-led institution, this was the genesis for the National Sawdust Artists-in-Residence program.

National Sawdust’s Artist-in-Residence program offers a structured time and space in which artists can develop new work based on pertinent social or political themes, experiment with new sounds leveraging state-of-the-art technology —

including the Meyer Sound Constellation® Acoustic System and Spacemap® Multi-Channel Panning System — and learn about the art of making art from industry leaders and the most renowned musicians in the field today.

Through peer interaction, discussion groups, venue rehearsals, formal lectures, mentorship, and performances of their work throughout the National Sawdust season, participants deeply explore the creative process and gain insights that can be applied to the professional development of their work.

Season 4 Artists-in-Residence

Beth Morrison Projects

With National Sawdust, BMP brings the most evocative new opera concert works to an intimate venue. BMP Presents Persona and Saga at Prototype this season.
October 27, 2016/by Zan Emerson


Taja Cheek, also known as L’Rain, is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and vocalist from Brooklyn.
July 11, 2018/by becki

Innov Gnawa

Innov Gnawa is a Grammy-nominated musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music tradition in the heart of New York City.
July 11, 2018/by becki

Gavin Rayna Russom

Gavin Rayna Russom is a New York based multimedia artist and composer of electronic music. Using the analog and digital synthesizer, she has produced a body of extremely influential art and music over the last 15 years. She is perhaps best known as the synthesist in the critically-acclaimed band LCD Soundsystem. Much of her work is informed by her deep relationship with the analog synthesizer, a tool she has applied herself to not only as a composer and player, but also as a designer and builder since 1999.
July 11, 2018/by becki

J Hoard

J. Hoard is a Brooklyn based singer and songwriter on the Grammy Award winning “Coloring Book”. Since moving to BK he’s served as vocalist of the legendary hip-hop curated jam, The Lesson, in LES. Over the last three year’s J. Hoard’s voice, lyrical genius, and fashion has become a staple in the urban and traditional music scenes.
August 2, 2018/by becki

Julian Wachner

Named one of New York City’s “10 Imagination-Grabbing, Trailblazing Artists of 2014” by WQXR, music director Julian Wachner continues to enjoy an international profile as conductor, composer and keyboard artist.
August 2, 2018/by becki


PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the classical music scene.
August 2, 2018/by becki

Thea Little

Thea Little investigates the hybrid of performance art, dance-theater and experimental music with solos and group works.
August 2, 2018/by becki