Since 1999, the ESS Artist Residency Program has facilitated the creation of 54 new works involving the exploration of sound. Audio art, experimental music, installation, cinema, performing arts, and radio art have all been represented in the roster of former ARP recipients.


Thank you for submitting your applications! The due date has now passed; stay tuned for an announcement of the recipients.


ARP 2015

ESS is extremely pleased to announce the next installment of the Artist Residency Program, thanks once again to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Program.


We will offer four 40-hour residencies through the 2015 Artists Residency Program (ARP). At least three of these residencies are for Chicago area artists, and one residency will be open to a non-Chicago US artist. Each residency includes access to the ESS recording facilities with engineering assistance.


The ESS recording facilities include:


  • one 700-sq-ft live recording studio with 16-track ProTools system, baby grand piano, isolation booth, numerous microphones, amplifiers, and assorted gear;
  • one soundtrack, mixing, and mastering studio with ProTools HD, 5.1 surround-sound, and MAX-MSP/Jitter;
  • multi-channel mixing, playback, and sync-to-image capabilities;
  • various digital and analog processors and recorders, and location/field recording capacity.



Proposed projects must be completed between May 1, 2015 and October 31, 2015.


The purpose of the ARP is to facilitate the production of finished works that will be presented to the public, so please propose only projects that can be completed within the allotted time frame. ESS intends to facilitate public presentation of these new works between October 1 and December 15, 2015, assuming that the finished work’s quality and format are within the scope of our presentational capacity.


Application Deadline

11:59pm, April 5, 2015

Click below to download a PDF of the complete eligibility requirements and submission guidelines for the 2015 ARP.


2015 ARP Application Guidelines



Click the sublinks in the sidebar to the left to view a list of current and past recipients.


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