IDA Sound Residency 2021

IDA Radio is happy to announce the open call for a sound residency for musicians, music producers and sound artists coming from the Baltic States and Nordic countries in collaboration with festivals Skaņu Mežs and Intonal. The residency will take place in different parts of Estonia in autumn 2021.

Four artists will be selected who will work together for two months in September & October 2021. There are no restrictions or obligations, but we expect the artists to share their process and possible outcome at the end of the residency – a new piece of music, performance or something completely different in the field of sound-art. That said, we will provide an inspiring program for the residents throughout their stay. We encourage professionals as well as emerging sound artists to apply.

The first two weeks of the residency program will be covered by a number of workshops hosted by local & international artists, followed by a two week mini-residency at project space MAAJAAM in an old farm in Estonian countryside. The fifth week will be free and the residents will meet again on week six for a week-long “top secret project” in Tartu. The last two weeks will be spent in a recording studio in Tallinn.

IDA is partnering up with two festivals – Intonal in Malmö & Skaņu Mežs in Riga. The four residents will perform their outcome at named festivals in 2022.

Studio, recording & workshops

A studio space with basic equipment will be covered by the organisers and a professional sound engineer will be available for recording sessions. There will be several workshops lead by different artists during the residency, each focusing on a particular instrument or technique.

Transport, accommodation & catering

International and local transport and accommodation for the residency period will be covered by the organisers. Each resident will receive a 1500€ grant, food will be covered most of the time. The free week shall be covered by artists themselves. Special dinners and excursions will be organised.

Residents will be invited to do shows on IDA Radio. Creative residency period will be documented & shared on the communication channels of IDA & MAAJAAM.

How to apply?

To apply please send a link to your previous work and a cover letter (max 1000 characters) to, subject line “IDA Sound Residency 2021: Your Name”

The deadline for the application is 14.06.2021, the results will be public 28.06.2021.

Participants will be selected by a committee including Timo Toots (Maajaam), Natalie Mets (IDA Raadio), Ats Luik (IDA Raadio), Robert Nikolajev (IDA Raadio), Dmytro Nikolaienko (Muscut), Intonal, Skanu Meźs.


Application opens: 17.05.2021

Application deadline: 14.06.2021

Sept–October 2021: IDA Sound Residency 2021

IDA Radio

IDA Radio is an online community radio station based in Tallinn & Helsinki.


MAAJAAM is a farm for art and tech situated in South of Estonia. It is is concentrated on researching of, experimenting with and reflecting on the relationships between people, technology and nature. Substituting the urban environment with a hilly rural landscape allows us to observe technology in it’s pure form. Mixing the past technological wonders of the historical farm with present day hi-tech offers us a shift in perspective. This perspective is projected through the prism of art. MAAJAAM is operated by artists Timo Toots and Mari-Liis Rebane.

Skaņu Mežs

Skaņu Mežs is a festival for adventurous (innovative, experimental, avant-garde, etc.) music. It happens in Riga, Latvia since 2003. The festival usually happens in the beginning of October, whereas one-off events by Skaņu Mežs happen more often.


Intonal is an annual festival for experimental and electronic music that has been held in Malmö, Sweden since 2015. The festival is held at and by Inkonst. The focus of the festival is to offer an international programme of experimental and electronic music covering a wide range of genres, subgenres, and unique expressions. Besides established artists within the electronic avant garde and acts bordering towards sound art, a hefty club-oriented programme also presents DJs acting within innovative scenes for dance music. Parallel to this, there are also a number of installations, exhibitions, and artist talks.

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