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Unity Church-Unitarian, St. Paul

Artist in Residence Program

Location: MN — Twin Cities Metro
Type: Residency

Deadline: 11/15/2023

Other Criteria:
Open to artists nationally
Open to artists statewide
Paid opportunity ($3000)


During the 2023-2024 church year, Unity’s Artist in Residence program is seeking one musician or one musical group. This artist or group will perform in worship services on select Sundays, and may also collaborate with Unity’s choral program, religious education program, or other community programming.

The selected artist or group will receive $3,000 to create, prepare, and perform music for services and/or other church programs between January 1-May 30, 2024. These funds should cover the artist(s) payment, payment for any collaborators or guest artists, access to any sheet music, rights to perform certain pieces, or payment to composers, and any necessary equipment or instruments that the artist or group does not already possess. Please note that if a group is selected, payment for each group member must come out of this $3,000 budget.

Applicants will be asked to propose a series of musical performances and activities that express Unity’s values of “wonder, open-hearted engagement, and courageous action,” that align with Unity’s ends, and that create meaningful connections between community members within and outside the walls of the church. Please visit the Unity Church-Unitarian website ( to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, who we are, our mission, values, and current programs.

The selected artist or group will develop their planned musical performances in conversation with Unity Church ministers, Director of Music Ministry, and Worship Associates as part of the worship planning process, and will collaborate on creating worship services that are cohesive and aligned with each month’s theme. The music will be one element—along with text, prayer, personal reflections, and sermons—of a larger service.

Applications are due by Friday, November 16, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Click here ( for application details.