Nada Prabumi performing at the closing of Wallacea Week in 2018. 

This opportunity is CLOSED at 23:59 Jakarta time on Sunday, 5 September 2021
Musicians in Residence offers music creators the opportunity to spend extended time immersing themselves in another place. Hosted by a partner organisation, it is a self-directed exploration into a cultural landscape. Residents will have time and space to develop new ideas, experiment with their practice and make new creative connections. The programme is delivered in partnership with the PRS Foundation and host organisations around the world. Previous residencies have taken place in Brazil, China, Russia, and the UAE. 

The Project

This year’s Musicians in Residence programme offers individual music creators a four-week (or equivalent) digital residency. Hosted by a partner organisation in another part of the world, residents develop new ideas, experiment with their practice, and make new connections through engaging with the partners’ local cultural landscape. 

We will offer one residency for a UK music creator to be hosted by an Indonesian partner organisation. A further seven residencies will take place as part of the programme; three for UK music creators to be hosted by international partners in Brazil, Egypt, South Africa, and four for international music creators to be hosted by UK partner organisations. 

Host Partners

We are looking for one Indonesian organisation to join us as a hosting partner on the programme. We are open to organisations from all disciplines, from music (e.g. concert halls, festivals, conservatoires) to the wider arts and culture sector (e.g. arts centres, libraries, museums), and beyond (e.g. organisations working in science and technology). 

We’d like to work with partners who: 

  • Are eager to host a UK music creator in residence and can support them throughout the programme 
  • Are embedded in the local music and/or cultural landscape and can offer connections to the resident
  • Are able to articulate a distinct offer to potential residents (e.g. through their programme, place/community, history/collection)
  • Will approach the programme flexibly, are open to stretching their ways of working, and understand not to expect fully formed outcomes at the end of the residency
  • Want to share and tell the story of the residency to an engaged public audience
  • Are willing and able to help the resident artist connect and engage with relevant social media and wider media 
  • May be able to contribute in-kind resources as needed to support residency ambitions

How to apply  

To apply to become a Musicians in Residence host partner, please complete the expression of interest by 23:59 Jakarta time on Sunday, 5 September 2021. Late applications will not be considered. 

  • Please download and read the Brief for Indonesia partners.
  • Complete the online expression of interest form, through
  • Your expression of interest will be reviewed by the British Council Indonesia Arts team and UK Music team against the criteria in the partner brief. 
  • The team may invite some applicants for a further conversation before making a final selection.

We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please contact:  

Information Session

For interested applicants who wishes to know more about the opportunity to becoming a Musicians in Residence Indonesia Host partner, we will be holding an information session for this open call on Thursday, 26 August 2021 on 13.00 WIB

Register now to attend the session through this link: