The Horniman Museum relaunches 696 Resident Artist programme

By Balamii

The Horniman’s 696 Resident Artists programme supports music artists at the cutting edge of south London’s music scene, each with their own budget of up to £3k to develop a new creative project.

You can apply now to join the Horniman’s new 696 music project as a Resident Artist.

696 is a project platforming the best new Afrobeat, Jazz, Grime, Rap, R&B, Reggae and Soul music. The project focuses on championing music genres (and the people working in them) that have been disproportionately affected by bias in legislation.

During a year-long residency, Resident Artists will develop an artistic project in response to the Horniman’s collection of musical instruments which is one of the most comprehensive and exciting in the UK.

The 696 project will also include a series of live gigs, a major exhibition and a summer music festival.

Applications close Monday 7 September 2020.

The residency includes:

  • A budget of up to £3,000 to develop your creative project
  • Behind the scenes access to our Musical Instrument Collection
  • One-to-one coaching sessions
  • Access to free writing/rehearsal space
  • Free and exclusive access to Museum gallery, work and performance spaces
  • Bespoke digital content created about you and your work
  • Potential performance slots at the Horniman’s summer festival in partnership with Balamii in 2021

Download full programme information and application guidance.

How to apply

To apply, you need to:

  • Submit a video no longer than six minutes in length. This should include you answering the three questions in the guidance. You will not be assessed on the quality of the video only the content of your answers.
  • Complete the online application form

696: Online application form

If you have any questions or require any access support in making your application, please contact

Adem Holness, Music Curator:

Original dates for the Resident Artists programme have been changed due to the Museum’s closure from 18 March to 30 July 2020, following the advice from Public Health England regarding coronavirus.

The schedule has been updated to reflect this.

Key Dates

7 September 2020
Application Deadline

If shortlisted, you must be able to attend the following dates:

22 September 2020
Meet the Music Team
Shortlisted artists will be invited to discuss their project idea with the Music Curator and Keeper of Musical Instruments via Zoom.

28 September 2020
Decision Date

13 October 2020 – TBC
Resident Artist Induction Day

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Supported by

696 is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.
696 is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.