Located in the heart of historic New Orleans, The New Quorum Artist Residency program provides emerging and established musicians and writers with a focused period of time to pursue artistic development, exchange ideas, and engage with the larger New Orleans arts community. Residents can expand their artistic potential through interaction with peer artists in an atmosphere that encourages new work free from the restrictions of the marketplace and academia.
Our Artist Residency program is designed to immerse talented professional musicians and writers from across the world in the culture of New Orleans, providing these artists with life-changing experiences and converting them into global ambassadors for New Orleans music and culture. The New Quorum seeks to distinguish itself from other local and national artist residency organizations with a special emphasis on bringing accomplished international artists to New Orleans, facilitating cultural exchange between visiting artists and those who live and work in New Orleans, and by shaping all its activities for maximum benefit to local musicians, writers, and the community at large.
New Orleans, Louisiana: United States
Built in 1911, the property was part of the Dunbar Plantation on Esplanade Avenue in the area known as Esplanade Ridge, between the Treme and Bayou St. John neighborhoods. Once the grand avenue for wealthy French in the 18th and 19th centuries, Esplanade Avenue is one of the most scenic and historic major thoroughfares in New Orleans. The immediate neighborhood includes the Musicians' Union, the Free People of Color Museum, and the Degas House, once owned by the artist Edgar Degas’ extended family. New neighbors include Esplanade Studios — a new premiere recording facility where Eric Clapton and John Legend recently recorded — and visual arts institution the Joan Mitchell Center, which recently completed a $20 million renovation and recently launched an Artist-in-Residence program supporting artists in the visual arts.
- Residency Length: 2 weeks to one month
- Average number of artists in residence at a time: 5
- Number of artists accepted in most recent year: N/A
- Total applicant pool in most current year: N/A
- Application type: Open application
- Collaboration: May apply as a team
- Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
- Application deadline: March 04
- Application Ongoing: No
Facilities & Services
- Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
All residents have their own private bedroom with shared bathrooms.
The New Quorum is a two-story mansion on historic Esplanade Avenue that embodies elegant New Orleans architecture with high ceilings, pocket doors, and a beautiful porch view of Esplanade Avenue. The property features five charming guest rooms and 3-1/2 bathrooms — two bathtubs/showers and one walk-in shower.
- Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
The program offers daily breakfast and five nightly meals during the week. Residents are on their own for lunch and Friday/Saturday night dinners. In homage to the traditions of old New Orleans, Sunday suppers will be a weekly celebration and will be an opportunity to relax, enjoy, and linger over a table of local culinary favorites.
- Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
- Accessibility: no
Additional studio information:
Recording and rehearsal facilities are available off-site.
- Other facilities and services: Musicians, there is not a recording or formal studio at The New Quorum, and the residency is not designed to support recording an album. Residents are provided studio space at various locations, please inquire. Thus, the residency is limited to those who can bring their own equipment and materials.
There is no fee for the residency. A non-refundable processing fee of $45.00 (U.S. currency) is requested with each application. The New Quorum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Stipends / other support
No stipend but residents are supported with board, food, community and a bicycle.
Additional expectations / opportunities
A hand-picked group of talented and accomplished artists is available throughout the residency for collaboration and help with access to local resources. In addition to one-on-one opportunities, musicians are encouraged to sit in on performances with The New Quorum-affiliated musicians. Participants should be comfortable working autonomously in an unstructured environment to benefit most from the program. A public sharing at the end of the residency is strongly encouraged.