2021 – 2022 New Works and Creative Residency Program

Announcing The New Works and Creative Residency Program 2021 – 2022, a national program that will award contemporary American artists and legal US residents working in sound art and emerging technology a $5000 commission to research and produce a new artwork. The residencies will take place in New York City at the Harvestworks’ Technology, Engineering, Art and Music Lab (T.E.A.M).  We will adhere to all COVID health guidelines.

Deadline to Apply: Sept. 13, 2021

Two TIMEFRAMES on the application will be offered:

2021: Artist should choose September – December 2021 for immediate project production needs OR

2022 Artists should choose January 2022 – December 2022 for production projects during that time period.

Harvestworks is a leading center for the development of artworks that combine and integrate art forms, explore boundaries and create new forms of expression through art and technology. The works will be shared with the public upon completion and show that innovative use of new technology can help viewers understand their environment, be receptive of new ideas, and enrich their imagination.

Each artist receives up to a $2000 artist fee with the balance of the award used for TEAM lab activities including research and development, sound and image production, programming and prototyping. The artist works with a Harvestworks team comprised of a Project Manager and technical engineer / programmer OR can bring in their own team. The proposed projects should explore new aesthetic premises and push the boundaries of conventional art forms and media. Women, ethnic and gender-neutral artists are encouraged to apply.

A limited number of scholarships and Technology Lab Workspace Residencies will be recommended by the panel depending on our funding. The Technology Lab Workspace Residency includes 24hr access to the Harvestworks studios and collaborative working environment.


Projects may take the form of multiple channel audio or video installations, live performances with interactive performance systems and live processing methods, data visualization as single or multiple channel video or computer images, Augmented Reality  or Virtual Reality and hardware hacking or circuit bending as custom built interfaces or instruments.  Project descriptions may include the development of a new work for music, theater, media art and interdisciplinary performance; experimenting with new creative concepts, approaches, or methods and researching and developing new technology for use in performance or exhibition (e.g. musical instrument invention or new exhibition technology).



Projects will be chosen based on their artistic excellence, the artists’ commitment to the field, the need for support, the creative use of the Harvestworks sound technology resources and the feasibility of completing the project within the timeframe of the residency.  


The New Works program is designed to assist individual working artists. Collaborations, groups, ensembles and collectives have to designate a Lead Artist to apply to the program. Only new work proposals are accepted. Proposals that document an existing work are not eligible. Students, including PHD candidates, who are enrolled in a university are not eligible. Program recipients from the past 2 years are not eligible this year. Lead artists must reside in the U.S.

2021 Residencies run from September 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021

2022 Residencies run between January 1, 2022 – December 2022

  • This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
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