On Air Fest empowers storytellers and artists reimagining what an audio artwork can be. Two residents will be selected to create and showcase new work at On Air Fest 2019. We encourage applications that emphasize experimentation and showcase a unique point of view. Residents will be invited to stay for five nights at Wythe Hotel in mid-February, to develop their project and cultivate their craft. We support projects across poetry, narrative, sculptural, performance, fiction, ambient, interview, documentary or something we've never heard before.

On Air Audio Residency supports a project inspired by the above prompt. Boundary-pushing works on any subject are welcome.

Brooklyn Sound Residency supports a project inspired by Brooklyn. This special initiative spotlights place-based works that explore the culture of the city.

Alexis Wilkinson, Director of Exhibitions and Live Art, Knockdown Center
Ali Rosa-Salas, Director of Programming, Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement
Arif Noorani, Executive Producer, CBC Podcasts
Davia Nelson, Radio Producer, The Kitchen Sisters
Meredith Graves, Director of Music, Kickstarter
Phoebe Wang, Independent Radio Producer and Artist

Showcase installation or performance at On Air Fest
5-night stay at Wythe Hotel to create work
Work crit with industry mentor
Three-day festival pass
Invite to On Air Fest 2019 launch party

Submit your application using the form below by 11:59pm EST, January 17, 2019. Feel free to upload audio, photos or other files to help illustrate your idea (not required). The description must be 500 words or less, and include your answers to the following:

What is the concept for your piece?
Why are you uniquely suited to make this work?
How do you envision this work will be presented at the festival? I.e. performed, exhibited, screened. Include both anticipated duration and physical space needs where applicable.
If you are applying to the Brooklyn Sound Residency, how is this project inspired by Brooklyn?

On Air Fest 2019 Residency Program Application



When will the selected residents be announced?

Selected residents will be notified on Friday, February 1st.

Who is eligible to apply?

We encourage creative practitioners to apply irregardless of background or years of experience. Artists, documentarians, journalists, musicians and beyond are welcome to apply, as long as the project has not been previously broadcasted, performed or exhibited to a large audience.

May I submit more that one project proposal?

Go for it!

Can teams apply to the Residency Program?

Yes. Teams of up to three contributors may apply to the Residency Program. Please note however that the honorarium is fixed and hotel room stay limited to one room per project.

Does On Air Fest cover travel?

On Air Fest does not cover travel to and from New York City. Residents will be awarded a 5-night stay at Wythe Hotel to create their work.

I still have a question!

Send an email to hello@onairfest.com. We'll get back to you shortly!


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In 2018 we announced our commitment to support emerging audio artists and storytellers. Our inaugural On Air Residency was awarded to ‘Drill Meditations,’ an immersive sound and dance performance by Nola Hanson and Nicky S. Smith, members of the Trans Boxing Collective. As members of the trans and QTPOC communities, Nola & Nicky are deeply invested in exploring the ways in which embodied practices such as boxing, dance, and meditation, can be used to transform suffering and achieve collective liberation.

Gretta Cohn, Founder, Transmitter Media
Bill Curran, Programming Producer, Made in New York Media Center
Brittany Luse, Producer, Gimlet Media and Host, The Nod
Sachar Mathias, Supervising Producer, BRIC TV and BRIC Radio
Molly Webster, Reporter and Producer, RadioLab