Blue Mountain Center Residency

Blue Mountain Center, founded in 1982, provides a supportive working community for writers, artists, and activists. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the center also serves as a meeting place and resource for progressive movement building. We expand and deepen conversation among cultural workers and support projects that emerge from these dialogues.

During the summer and early fall, BMC offers three month-long residency sessions. Our Traditional Residency Program is open to creative and non-fiction writers, activists, and artists of all disciplines—including composers, filmmakers, and visual artists. Applications are reviewed by an Admissions Committee of accomplished authors and artists. The committee is particularly interested in fine work that evinces social and ecological concern and is aimed at a general audience.

Blue Mountain Center also hosts conferences for up to 22 people during the spring and fall months. The meetings bring together individuals working on pressing social problems such as civil liberties, environmental health and safety, peace, and economic justice.

Blue Mountain Center accepts applications from writers, artists of all media types, activists, and composers who create original work. The following information will be requested through our online application system:

basic personal and contact info, availability, and session preferences
a brief bio that includes professional achievements (1 - 2 pages)
a brief statement of your proposed plan for work at BMC (1 - 2 pages)
$25 application processing fee (payable by credit card or PayPal)
We do not request references. Spouses are not included in the acceptance invitation, though they may apply separately. Each applicant will be evaluated as an individual. Collaborating applicants should contact bmc@bluemountaincenter.org before applying.

Writers

10 pages (double-spaced PDF, manuscript style)
Please leave writing sample unsigned to ensure anonymity.
Playwrights may submit up to 30 pages.
Artists

Five JPEG images. Please include a corresponding image list (PDF) that cites titles, sizes, medium, and dates.
A brief artist statement.
Activists

Follow the regular application guidelines, and include more extensive information about your organization and activist background. A writing sample (up to 10 pages, PDF) is welcome but not required.
Composers

Composers can upload in MP4, MP3, M4a, or WAV format.
Scores are not necessary.
Film/Video

Film/video applicants should submit a link to a 10-minute vimeo.com work sample.