FAQ

Call for Applications

May I apply with a collective and an ensemble? Am I required to hire CEM and local musicians or may I invite the musicians with whom I usually play with?

The residency program was conceived to receive single creators rather than collectives or ensembles, but you can always submit an application with a collective.

However, the resident’s dedicated budget will be the same and it will be up to you to split it. The same goes for daily allowances, accommodation and travel expenses. We will only be able to cover these expenses for one person. Therefore, unless you have access to funding or already have received it, it seems like less attractive residency conditions. But it is up to you and we will assume that these conditions are right for you if you submit your application with a collective.

Furthermore, the budget allocated for hiring musicians is for CEM and local musicians, so your project must involve musicians that are not in your collective. The residency program attempts to create exchanges between local musicians and artists from outside the region while developing long-term ties.

I don’t live in Canada, can I submit an application?


Yes!

However, it is most likely that only one international residency will be granted in 2019. The two others would be Canadian, unless the international artist has access to additional funding to cover the travel expenses.

I am confused about what instruments are available. Does it say that only members of CEM can be hired for the project? Can any other musician be included? If there are instruments not played by any of your members, can they be played by non-members? Can you send bio/web info on the musicians, so I can best prepare the application/submission that can match the best the players? Do all the musicians live in the same city or does anyone travel from out of town?

In fact, it’s willingly unclear, because we work with a lot of different musicians each year, usually around 30-40. The CEM member “label” is wide, there’s a core of a few musicians and several join us for projects, depending on the needs. From time to time, musicians from Montreal or other region are traveling to Saguenay for projects. As an example, a large part of players from our modern jazz big band, Le Gros Groupe, lives in Montreal. But usually, all musicians are natives of Saguenay region.

So we prefer not to display or send a list of musicians, but rather try to respond to the needs of the composer’s projects. If we really want to host a composer, we’ll certainly find a way to gather the necessary musicians, or offer alternatives. All rock-jazz instruments are easily available for sure: drum, bass, double bass, guitar, keyboards, saxophone, etc. And there’s a symphonic orchestra in Saguenay, so no problem with most classical instruments too. As long as you don’t ask for exotic or rare instruments or several players of the same instruments (4 trumpets as an example), we should be ok.

Furthermore, the budget allocated for hiring musicians is for CEM and local musicians. The residency program attempts to create exchanges between local musicians and artists from outside the region while developing long-term ties.