The Crooked Road’s 2022 Artist-In-Residence Application

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 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

Heritage musicians of all genres 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 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’s within the twelve-month duration of the residency. Artists would be available for approximately one TCR event or related-event per month. Artists must provide their own instruments during their residency.

Dates for the Residency
July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

$6,000 stipend for the 12 month period, plus eligible reimbursable travel expenses (those that occur to/from events)

Application and Selection Process
Applications for the 2022 Artist-in-Residence program will be available May 6, 2022. The deadline for applications will be May 31, 2022. All materials need to be emailed or postmarked by this date.

Click Here for Application: TCR Artist-In-Residence Application 2022

Applications 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 June 1, 2022. Artist applications will be reviewed by a select committee of TCR Board of Directors members. Select residency candidates will undergo an interview as a second step and then the final selected musician will be notified by June 15, 2022.


The Crooked Road Request for Proposals (RFP) – Signature Art

The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail (TCR) invites artisans to submit a letter of interest for commissioned signature art. TCR is seeking 1-3 artisans to represent heritage stringed instruments in a 2D medium.

Parameters of the signature art:

  • The commissioned price for the piece will be $400
  • 2D painted piece of approximately 3’ x 3’ square
  • A stringed instrument needs to be represented (i.e. guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, bass) and will be assigned through discussion with the artist and TCR so there is not duplication of images represented.
  • TCR will be provided the original art piece, as well as images of the art piece in formats such as .ai, .eps, .jpg, .png
  • TCR will be the owner of the commissioned work

A letter of interest, with example images of artisan’s current artwork for reference, is due back to The Crooked Road’s offices by Friday, May 20.  Letters of interest will be reviewed and selected artist(s) will be notified of selection by Friday, June 3 .  The timeframe of use will be July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

The piece will be used in promotional merchandise that could include notecards, t-shirts and prints during the year. The selected artist(s) will have promotion via the following:

  • A press release posted to the TCR website and emailed to regional press contacts acknowledging the selected artist(s)
  • Acknowledgment through TCR’s e-newsletter & at TCR Board of Director’s meeting
  • Art will be displayed throughout the year at TCR events and at selected sites TBD
  • Artist will also be eligible for 10% royalty on any merchandise sold with the image
  • Art could be potentially be used as an auction item for TCR fundraiser(s). If sold, proceeds would be excluded from artist royalty.

This signature art program will be ongoing, with a new annual artist selected every year pending the success of the first-year pilot program.

TCR is a 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of TCR is to support economic development and tourism in

Southwest Virginia by promoting and celebrating the region’s unique heritage music.

Your letter of interest must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 20, and may be hand delivered, sent by email, or sent by mail. Hand delivered or mailed proposals should be mailed or delivered to:

The Crooked Road

1 Heartwood Circle

Abingdon, VA 24210

Proposals submitted by email should be sent to admin@thecrookedroad.org and you will be sent a reply email confirming receipt. Questions regarding this proposal can be directed to this email as well.



The Crooked Road’s Heritage Music Fund is to help assist heritage musicians of 19 county, 4 city region of Southwest Virginia with professional projects. The Heritage Music Fund is composed of allotted funds for artist development.


The fund has been established with $2,500 total amount for distribution.  From this, awards will be granted until the fund is exhausted.  The fund will be replenished each year in July, or as designated funding is received. Grant award amounts can vary, so the total number of awards will vary dependent on the requests.  The Crooked Road encourages anyone to apply and it is the desire of The Crooked Road to grant as many awards as possible.


  • 1st tier: SWVA artists can apply for funding assistance for recording and/or professional projects up to $500.
    • 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.
  • 2nd tier: artists wanting to record a project in SWVA with SWVA musicians and/or industry resources such as recording studios and engineers


This is a one-time grant for eligible professional projects including the following:

  • Recording Projects that occur in SWVA
  • CD design and purchase
  • Livestream Equipment
  • Website Updates
  • Headshot Photos
  • Marketing Needs
  • Professional Development funds to attend applicable seminars, conferences, workshops

More details and full application can be found here: Heritage Music Fund Application Final 8-2021



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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