The Crooked Road would like to offer heritage musicians living in the 19 county and 4 town region of Southwest Virginia the opportunity to apply for a new Artist-In-Residence program.

The selected artist would serve as ambassador for The Crooked Road in the following capacity:

  • Produce an original piece of music or new interpretation of an existing traditional piece of music for The Crooked Road use
  • Conduct at least 2 in-person educational workshop/master classes over the course of the residency
  • Prerecord a virtual lesson on heritage music for distribution to school systems of the region
  • Participate in various Crooked Road concerts, as scheduled, or at partner venue concerts

Musicians that live in The Crooked Road service region of Southwest Virginia and play heritage genre music are encouraged to apply.  Our goal is for these artists to share their artistic inspiration and knowledge of heritage music as they represent The Crooked Road and Southwest Virginia. The Crooked Road service region encompasses the following counties and cities of the Southwest Virginia region:  Bland, Bristol, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Galax, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Norton, Patrick, Pulaski, Radford, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, Wythe.

The Artist-in-Residence program requires the selected artist to donate an original piece of music, representative of the artist’s style and reflecting the heritage music of the SWVA region within the twelve-month duration of the residency. This piece of music can also be an original performance of an existing traditional public domain piece.  This music would need to be completed by the end of the residency.

Artists would be available for approximately one TCR event or related-event per month as well as participation in select educational initiatives including short pre-recorded lessons for educators.  Event participation will be scheduled per artist availability in conjunction with The Crooked Road to provide flexibility for working musicians. As this is a new program, input regarding the residency and the selection of the next Artist-In-Residence would be expected.

Artists must provide their own instruments during their residency.

Dates for the Residency
July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022


$6,000 stipend for the 12 month period paid at $500 per month, plus eligible reimbursable travel expenses (those that occur to/from TCR-directed events) such as mileage and daily meal allowance.  Mileage reimbursement will be paid at the federal rate and the daily meal allowance will be $25.

Application and Selection Process

Applications for the 2021 Artist-in-Residence program will be available April 19, 2021.  The deadline for applications will be May 15, 2021. All materials need to be emailed or postmarked by this date.

Applications and appropriate examples of recent work, per the application, can be submitted via email or mail submitted by email or mail to the following addresses:

Email:  admin@thecrookedroad.org


The Crooked Road

Attn:  Admin

1 Heartwood Circle

Abingdon, VA 24210

The selection process will begin on May 16, 2021.  Artist applications will be reviewed by a committee of TCR Board of Directors members and others with relevant knowledge about heritage music. Select residency candidates will undergo an interview as a second step and then the final selected musician will be notified by June 15, 2021.


Questions about this application?

Please email Carrie Beck, Executive Director, at cbeck@thecrookedroad.org for questions.



The Crooked Road is now accepting applications for heritage music artists from the SWVA region to apply to be a part of the Heritage Artist Directory, which will be listed online at the TCR website.  Application here: Heritage Artist Directory Application

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