The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society, in partnership with the Landfall Trust, is proud to announce Jake Nicoll as the 2019 Musician in Residence.

The Trust owns and oversees the undeveloped 11-acre Landfall Preserve, a provincial heritage site with its 200-year old Kent Cottage in the scenic community of Brigus, NL. Since 2005, The Landfall Trust has worked to preserve Kent Cottage, protect Landfall’s pristine natural environment, and provide arts, cultural, and educational activities through the legacy of the late Bradley Jacob Folensbee, Jr. (Jake). The Musician in Residence program allows an artist to live in the cottage for two weeks to work on their craft.

This year’s artist, Jake Nicoll, takes a distinctive approach to creating music. His passion for exploring new ways to create and refine makes for a sound that is uniquely his own. Not one to toe the line, each of his offerings brings something completely new. The NL Folk Arts Society and the Landfall Trust are thrilled to have Jake spend two weeks working on songs for a new album in scenic Brigus. Learn more about the Landfall Trust here, and check out Jake’s music here.

In Partnership with the Landfall Trust

The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society in partnership with the Landfall Trust is pleased to offer a unique opportunity to artists to apply for a two-week musician-in-residence program in the scenic town of Brigus located in Conception Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, 84 km by car from the capital, St. John’s.

Residency Details:

  • Dates: Saturday, August 3rd to Friday, August 16th, 2019. The duration of the residency is negotiable based on artist availability but would require at least a one week commitment.
  • Musician(s)-in-residence living allowance of $1,000 provided by the Folk Arts Society.
  • Accommodation at historic Kent Cottage provided by the Landfall Trust; a 2-bedroom solar-powered house. The electrical system is limited and not suited to instruments requiring amplification.
  • Musician(s)-in-residence will be responsible for some form of public engagement in the town of Brigus which could include a presentation, workshop, or local performance.
  • Transportation is not provided. A vehicle is highly recommended.
  • Two artists may make a joint application as a working duo if they are prepared to share the living allowance and accommodations. The residency is intended for artistic development; family and friends cannot accompany the artist(s).
  • All musicians are welcome to apply, however preference will be given to musicians working in a traditional or folk genre, and/or inspired by the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. This is in keeping with the mandate of the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society “to preserve and promote the traditional folk arts of Newfoundland and Labrador.”                               

Application Checklist

If you have not provided the following to the Folk Arts Society as part of your 2019 Festival application package, please forward:

  • Current CV.
  • Two audio or video recordings of your work.

In addition, please forward:

  • Statement of interest (250 to 750 words) including a description of the planned residency project, what the residency would mean for your work, and what your perspective will bring to the residency program.
  • Short description of the planned public engagement.

Please forward your application by May 31st, 2019 for consideration to:

NL Folk Arts Society Inc. 223 Duckworth Street, Suite #206 St. John’s, NL, A1C 6N1

If you have any questions, please contact us at the above email address or call (709) 576-8508.

Applications are now open for youth performers (18 years and younger) for a variety of opportunities over the summer, including the Neil Murray Stage at the Folk Festival, and the City of St. John’s concert series.

Deadline to apply is Monday April 29th.

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society would like to obtain the services of an accredited, full-service agency to assist the Society in marketing, communications and media relations for the 43rd annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, August 9-11, 2019.

The deadline to submit proposals is April 15th. Written questions will be accepted until April 8th. Download the full RFP document below.