The Australia Council has a number of International
Residences to help Australian artists expand their artistic practice, develop
market opportunities as well as provide a valuable cultural exchange and
Australia Council supported residencies are available in
Berlin, London, Paris, the United States, Rome and Helsinki in a number of
artforms, including a three-month songwriters’ residency in Nashville.
The benefits of residencies most cited by artists are
providing time and resources for reflection and experimentation, and building
networks with other artists and industry professionals that is only possible
through a residency. Residencies can
also have flow-on effects, such as invitations to perform, exhibit and publish
Melbourne folk rock musician Ben Wright Smith was the most
recent recipient of the Nashville residency.
He said there were many highlights during the residency,
including being mentored by the program’s facilitator, Australian producer Mark
“To be working with Mark, recording and writing new stuff
was great, but also just being in such a vibrant place and play tunes with the
locals was amazing too,” Mr Wright Smith said.
“The countless gigs I saw while there too helped me to
explore new sounds and ideas that I wanted to put forward into my own music.”
He said the residency had helped his career in many ways,
including developing new music.
“Having the space and time to play so much definitely
improved us all in the band, not to mention having Mark there to help me
develop these ideas while showing me around town.”
Mr Wright Smith said the advice he would give to potential
applicants was to be yourself.
“A lot of people would think that the Nashville scene is
primarily country, but it really isn’t.
Most of the bands there play all sorts of music, from punk to soul, so I
wouldn’t be deterred if you think that your music doesn’t fit into some kind of
Applications for Australia Council international residencies
close on 1 December.
Apply here: http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/new-grants-model/international-residencies/