Art Omi is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects and dancers. Art Omi believes that exposure to internationally diverse creative voices fosters tolerance and respect, raises awareness, inspires innovation, and ignites change. By forming community with creative expression as its common denominator, Omi creates a sanctuary for the artistic community and the public to affirm the transformative quality of art.

Since its founding, Art Omi has been guided by the principle that artistic expression transcends economic, political, and cultural boundaries. To date, Omi has hosted more than 2,000 artists from over 100 countries. By inviting a unique and varied mix of artists, writers, musicians and dancers from all over the world to create a diverse, positive working community, Omi transforms this guiding vision into an exciting reality.

Art Omi has five distinct residency programs. Through a competitive jury process, residents are chosen, invited to attend at no cost to themselves, except travel. Abundant, catered meals and comfortable, beautiful lodgings are provided in a scenic location in Columbia County, New York. Art Omi is two hours north of New York City by train.

Art Omi: Artists

Art Omi: Artists invites 30 artists from around the world, representing a wide diversity of artistic styles and practices, to gather in rural New York for four weeks each summer to experiment, collaborate and share ideas. Concentrated time for creative work is balanced with the stimulation of cultural exchange and critical appraisal.

Art Omi: Architecture

Art Omi: Architecture is the first residency program of its kind in the nation, inviting 10 early- to mid-career architects from around the world to develop their work during a full two-week residency on Art Omi's campus. Art Omi: Architecture aims to nurture experimentation at the intersection of architecture, art and landscape.

Art Omi: Dance

Art Omi: Dance brings together ten accomplished dance artists from around the world for three weeks of creative exchange each summer. Residents experience each other’s creative process and the freedom to play in this collaborative residency program.

Art Omi: Music

Art Omi: Music invites approximately a dozen musicians and composers from around the globe to come together for two and a half weeks each summer for a uniquely collaborative music making residency.

Art Omi: Writers

Art Omi: Writers, formerly known as Ledig House, hosts authors and translators from around the world for residencies throughout the spring and fall. The program’s strong international emphasis provides exposure for global literary voices and reflects the spirit of cultural exchange that is essential to Art Omi’s mission.

APPLICATION DEADLINE—January 2 (11:59 PM EST)

RESIDENCY DATES—July 15 - August 5, 2019

NOTIFICATION—March 2019

The emphasis of the Art Omi: Dance residency is not a performance product; rather, a gently facilitated process of experimentation and collaboration. This exploration is enhanced by providing resources that dancers and choreographers often lack: space, time and other artists with whom to work. The result is a model of creative process and community building that envisions consequences for the participants beyond the sphere of art making.

Informal public showings each summer invite the public to experience the creative process, collaboration and development of the residents.

Art Omi: Dance welcomes professional dancers and choreographers of all styles who have the desire to share ideas and process with dancers from around the world. Applicants should not have specific projects in mind, but should come open to working with others on jointly conceived projects. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE—January 2 (11:59 PM EST)

RESIDENCY DATES—August 8 - 25

NOTIFICATION—early March, 2019

We look forward to having an opportunity to become acquainted with your work. There is no fee to apply to Art Omi: Music, and no fee to attend (however, not that we do not provide travel to and from Art Omi: Music). Because of the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to offer feedback on your application. Note that many Music fellows have applied multiple times before being offered a residency.

Using this online application, you will be asked to upload an mp3 audio work sample of no longer than 4 minutes total. Your work sample may include up to three excerpts. It should contain work created in the last five years. It is recommended that you provide three excerpts if possible (you will be asked to indicate the year created and your role in each work—whether you are composer, performer, or both—what instruments/performers are featured, and whether the work is improvised, composed, a combination, or digitally produced). Do not indicate cue points on longer excerpts. Prepare a single work sample of no more than 4 minutes in length. If you supply a longer work sample, or include a work sample containing more than three excerpts, your application will not be considered.

You will also be asked to provide a very brief bio (100 words or fewer) and a short narrative explaining why you would like to attend Music Omi at this point in your career. 

Additional fields will allow you to provide information about country of origin (and country where you live if different), plus any instruments you might play while in residence and your primary role as a music-maker. 

A Note to Musicians with Disabilities

A fellowship is available for a disabled musician. Musicians with disabilities may apply for the Art Unlimited Fellowship, which provides a $500 stipend. Eligible candidates must have a permanent disability as described in the ADA website (www.ada.gov). Musicians with disabilities from all countries are encouraged to apply. You have a disability if you have at least one of the following:

  • a physical or mental impairment that "substantially limits" one or more "major life activities";
  •  a record of such an impairment; or
  • you are regarded as having such an impairment.

Apply by submitting to this website and also email the Music Omi Director at musicians@artomi.org so that your application can be considered for this fellowship opportunity.

A Note to Ensembles: 

The Art Omi: Music program will only consider applications from individual applicants. Joint applications will not be considered. Individuals members of performing ensembles may apply simultaneously, but will be evaluated as individual musicians. It is highly unlikely that members of ensembles will be invited to attend during the same residency. A goal of the Art Omi: Music  program is to encourage and foster participation in new collaborative environments—ongoing collaborators are discouraged from applying for the same residency.

NB: To prepare your work sample, you may wish to use the free Audacity sound editing software: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/


Upload the following documents:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae  (PDF or Word Document).  Files should be named with lastname.firstname.1 For example: jones.mary.1.pdf

2) ONE PAGE ONLY Description of the images you submitted  (PDF or Word Document) This document should be a numbered list of the images with: title, medium/materials, size and year of work. If needed, a brief (1 or 2 sentences) description can be included. This file should be named with lastname.firstname.2
For example: jones.mary.2pdf

3) Eight (8) JPEG images, Each image at 72 DPI resolution, maximum file size 2 MB each image. Files should be named with lastname.firstname.3 (and 4,5,6,7,8,9,10) continuing in number order, for example: jones.mary.3.jpg  Please DO NOT submit: Powerpoint presentations, PDF, TIFF, Gif or PSD files. 

4) Enter a 100-word ARTIST STATEMENT 

5) Enter the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of two professional references and indicate your professional relationship to them in the appropriate inputs. DO NOT SUBMIT LETTER OF RECOMMENDATIONS

Important:  Please be sure to attach all files.  Due to the high volume of applications received corrections cannot be made and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Upload the following documents:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae (PDF or Word Document).  Files should be named with lastname.firstname.1 For example: jones.mary.1.pdf

2) ONE PAGE ONLY Description of the videos or audio excerpts you submitted  (PDF or Word Document) This document should be a numbered list of the files with: title, medium/materials, how it should be listened or viewed in an exhibition setting, size and year of work. If needed, a brief (1 or 2 sentences) description can be included. This file should be named with lastname.firstname.2
For example: jones.mary.2pdf

3) Three (3) audio or video files, or links to videos or audios work. To note: if your video has a password DO NOT INCLUDE THE PASSWORD next to the link but make sure it is included in the description. Files should be named with lastname.firstname.3 (and 4,5) For example: jones.mary.3.jpg

4) Enter a 100-word ARTIST STATEMENT 

5) Enter the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of two professional references and indicate your professional relationship to them in the appropriate inputs.

Important:  Please be sure to attach all files.  Due to the high volume of applications received corrections cannot be made and incomplete applications will not be considered.

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