Artist in Residence Applications

Fresh AIR 2019 By Jim Saah

Applications for the Class of 2025 are now closed.

Launched in 2005, the highly-respected Strathmore Artist in Residence Program was created to support the transition of outstanding local musicians into career artists. Each year through a competitive selection process, a class of 6 is chosen and benefits greatly from the support of participating mentors and musicians. The 10-month program also includes 30 hours of professional development seminars, a professional photo shoot, videography, extensive performance opportunities, and a $4,000 stipend.

Read about the program in WTOP's recent series:

Eligibility Requirements

  • Between the ages of 16-32
  • ​Performing at a high level of musical integrity
  • An ability to compose and improvise
  • Living in the greater DC-Baltimore region

How to Apply

Audition for the AIR Class of 2024-25, our 20th anniversary season!

All artists must first submit materials via email. From applicants, we select candidates for auditions. Auditions will be held in late January 2024.

Applications open October 13 and close December 13. During this window only, please submit the following items to

  • Personal contact information
  • Personal bio
  • Your performance history from September 2021 to the present, including venues and dates
  • Three YouTube links featuring you performing. At least one of these should be an original composition. Please choose these carefully for sound and visibility qualities

Earlier and incomplete applications will not be considered. You will be notified regarding the status of your application. Details will be provided if you are selected to audition.

Click here to see the current AIR class.

More to Explore



Frédéric Yonnet, Chelsey Green, Invoke, and Christylez Bacon are just a few of the incredible artists who have passed through the program.

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