Link to 2019-20 Application

Download 2019-20 Guidelines (PDF)


EtM is committed to resolving the workspace needs of the performing arts community in New York City.

The EtM Con Edison Composer Residencies program was created to provide free, long-term studio space to composers who are in need of a dedicated workspace outside of their home.

Since 2009, EtM has administered the EtM Con Edison Composer Residencies, a program which grew out of our 2008 study, “Where Can We Work?” (PDF).

Since 2009, the EtM Con Edison Composer Residencies has supported more than 60 composers, providing them with more than $750,000 worth of no-cost rehearsal space and cash support. In addition, this program has supported more than 60 free public programs for New York City audiences.
Previous EtM Composers-in-Residence have gone on to win awards, recognition and commissions from the Pulitzers, the Jerome Foundation, the Kleban Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Latin Grammys, American Composers Orchestra, New Music USA, ASCAP Plus, the Prototype Festival and American Lyric Theater.

This annual residency is open to New York City composers. Composers, chosen by a panel of music professionals, receive a stipend of $2,500 and six months of free suitable workspace in a cultural or community facility. Each composer must present or conduct one public program in cooperation with the host facility.

This year we will be introducing an interactive programming component to the EtM Con Edison Composer Residencies. This will take the shape of a masterclass, assembly, workshop, meet and greet, and/or enrichment project to participants of all ages including youth, adults, and/or seniors. This is in addition to the required public program.

For 2019-20, we will place six composers in residence in the following community/cultural facilities.

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn (Two composers will be in residence in this facility.)
Bloomingdale School of Music, Manhattan
Greenwich House Music School, Manhattan
Flushing Town Hall, Queens (Two composers will be in residence in this facility.)


Email us at katie@exploringthemetropolis.org or see our FAQ page.

The EtM Con Edison Composer Residencies program is funded by Consolidated Edison, the George L. Shields Foundation, The Reed Foundation, the Amphion Foundation, AOH Foundation, DJ McManus Foundation and individuals. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


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“This is such a magical program, thank you so much for having us be a part of it!!” – Ellen Kodadek, Executive & Artistic Director, Flushing Town Hall