Every summer, Music Omi invites approximately a dozen musicians — composers and performers from around the globe — to come together for two and a half weeks in a unique collaborative music making residency program.
Music Omi encourages its participants to share ideas; perform each other's works and write music for one another while exploring their own musical vision; and broaden their artistic and cultural horizons.
A singular feature of the Music Omi experience is the presentation of public performances during and at the conclusion of the residency, where collaborative work can be shared with the public.
Everyone accepted to Music Omi receives lodging, including a private room, and delicious meals during his or her stay, but accepted fellows must secure their own travel funds. All awarded fellows commit to remaining for the entire residency.
Ghent, New York: United States
Omi International Arts Center, where the Music Omi residency takes place, is located two and a half hours north of New York City in the historic Hudson River Valley's Columbia County. Named for a neighboring village, Omi is close to the small town of Ghent, NY, as well as Albany, Chatham, and Hudson, NY, which offers train connections less than thirty minutes away.
The facilities, situated on three hundred acres of open land, include The Fields Sculpture Park and Visitor Center & Cafe, a large two-story barn and other farm structures with spaces for rehearsing; and contemporary residence buildings designed with a vernacular reference to local barns, all surrounded by abundant perennial beds and expansive lawns dotted with fruit trees.
A Federal Period farm house serves as a gathering center for residents, providing a full kitchen, television room and library; while the front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access and several computers are available on the premises.
Columbia County, and the nearby Berkshire Mountains, are popular destinations because of their historical, natural and cultural riches. From bird sanctuaries to summer performance festivals, presidential mansions to farmer's markets, the environs offer a singular blend of rural quiet and cultural stimulation. Staff and friends in the neighborhood are often available for excursions of interest to residents.
- Residency Length: 18 days
- Average number of artists in residence at a time: 12-14
- Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 14
- Total applicant pool in most current year: 200
- Application type: Open application
- Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
- Geography: Open to non-US artists
- Application deadline: January 02
- Additional deadline info:
Music Omi has one application deadline each year: February 1 for the summer of that year. The online portal and detailed applications instructions appear in December of the previous year.
Facilities & Services
- Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
- Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
Music serves lunch and dinner and provides a fully stocked kitchen for breakfast and snacks.
- Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
- Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
- Studios/special equipment: Music studio (non-recording)
Additional studio information:
While musicians can easily find spaces at Omi to practice privately, as Music Omi aims to encourage collaboration, it does not provide dedicated private practice studios. Instead, several group rehearsal spaces are provided.
There is no fee to apply to Music Omi and no fee to attend. However, residents are expected to provide their own travel to the Omi campus.
Stipends / other support
Sponsored fellowships for musicians from selected countries are occasionally offered based on available funding—if such sponsorships are available, information will appear on the Omi website along with the application instructions.
Additional expectations / opportunities
Note that Music Omi seeks to encourage new collaborations and does not accept joint applications or applications from existing ensembles. The residency is not project-based; musicians should attend with open minds and their talent rather than pre-conceived notions of what they specifically might accomplish.