Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
Apply Now for the Black Opry Residency, Expanding Audiences for Black Americana Artists

Apply Now for the Black Opry Residency, Expanding Audiences for Black Americana Artists

Artists are encouraged to apply for the Black Opry Residency through December 21, which will take place in Philadelphia during March 2023.

A search for five emerging Black Americana musicians who will have the opportunity to hone their artistic and professional pursuits during a unique artist development residency is launching today through a partnership between Philadelphia public radio music station WXPN and The Black Opry, a platform for Black musicians and Black fans of country, blues, folk and Americana music. Artists are encouraged to apply for the Black Opry Residency through December 21, which will take place in Philadelphia during March 2023.

In its ongoing commitment to discovering and supporting new artists, WXPN saw a clear need for creating the artist development project. "This creative residency seeks to help change the situation in which, despite their considerable contributions, Black Americana artists can still be overlooked," said Holly G, Founder and Co-Director of The Black Opry. Executive Producer Bruce Warren, WXPN Assistant General Manager for Programming said, "It is designed to nurture new talent and support careers in a way that goes beyond airplay, interviews, in-studio sessions, and festival performances."

During their residency week in Philadelphia, the five up-and-coming musicians will be immersed in mentor sessions with respected experts, songwriting and song sharing, studio sessions and recordings, and educational and community engagement workshops. A public Finale Performance will highlight residents' new work individually as well as their collective artistic talents, and a podcast will chronicle the project and the participants' creative processes.

"Our mission is to connect artists with audiences, and WXPN is widely recognized and credited with discovering and supporting new artists," said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. "Our goals for the Black Opry Residency are to expand the opportunities and audiences for emerging Black artists who are working to redefine their place in the American musical canon."

Americana integrates traditional roots music genres, including country, bluegrass, folk, blues, gospel, alternative country, and singer-songwriter. Americana music has long been an integral part of WXPN programming, and is also spotlighted through its weekly Americana Music Hour program.

WXPN highlights new artists through ongoing programming that includes the "Artist To Watch" feature which, for the past 20 years, has spotlighted up-and-coming performers with a combination of on-air promotion and online features to help audiences deepen their discovery of each artist. Station-produced events such as the annual three-day XPoNential Music Festival also present a variety of established and emerging artists, with the 2022 edition featuring performances by Black Americana artists Black Opry Revue, Valerie June, Bartees Strange and Buffalo Nichols.

More information and artist applications for the residency can be found at xpn.org through December 21, 2022.


Join Team BroadwayWorld

Are you an avid theatergoer in Philadelphia? We're looking for people like you to share your thoughts and insights with our readers. Team BroadwayWorld members get access to shows to review, conduct interviews with artists, and the opportunity to meet and network with fellow theatre lovers and arts workers.

Interested? Learn more here.


 



Ensemble 20/21 Presents MUSIC OF THE EARTH, February 11 Photo
Ensemble 20/21 presents “Music of the Earth,” the second of three programs in the contemporary music ensemble's bold and eclectic 2022–23 season, on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 8:00 p.m., in Gould Rehearsal Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Elements Music & Arts Festival Announces Phase One Lineup For 6th Edition Photo
Elements Music & Arts Festival, the Northeast's premier boutique festival experience, has announced the phase one lineup for its 2023 edition.

Founding Fathers Debuts Giant New Sports Bar and Restaurant in Time for Super Bowl Photo
One of Philadelphia's most popular and iconic sports bars is expanding to Bucks County with a new restaurant, grill, sports bar and event/banquet space.

Winners Announced For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Philadelphia Awards Photo
The winners have been announced for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Philadelphia Awards, honoring the best in regional productions, touring shows, and more which had their first performance between October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022.


More Hot Stories For You


Penn Live Arts To Present VOCES8, Martha Graham Dance Company and More In February 2023Penn Live Arts To Present VOCES8, Martha Graham Dance Company and More In February 2023
January 27, 2023

Penn Live Arts has released its February 2023 Calendar of Events. Get full details!

Alanna Smith, Matthew Amira & More to Star in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at Walnut Street TheatreAlanna Smith, Matthew Amira & More to Star in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at Walnut Street Theatre
January 27, 2023

Walnut Street Theatre is continuing its 214th season with a Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The production begins previews February 14, opens February 22, and continues through March 12, 2023, on the Walnut’s Mainstage.

Joseph Quinn, Christina Ricci, Sam Raimi & More to Join FAN EXPO PhiladelphiaJoseph Quinn, Christina Ricci, Sam Raimi & More to Join FAN EXPO Philadelphia
January 27, 2023

FAN EXPO Philadelphia will feature Joseph Quinn, Christina Ricci, Sam Raimi and more, and will take place June 2-4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin And The Philadelphia Orchestra Announce 2023-24 SeasonMusic Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin And The Philadelphia Orchestra Announce 2023-24 Season
January 26, 2023

The GRAMMY Award–winning Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin have announced a musical journey of discovery, beauty, and inspiration: the 2023–24 season.

Photos: Cast Of A SOLDIER'S PLAY Joins Charles Fuller's Family At Dedication Of The Fuller Theater At Roman Catholic High SchoolPhotos: Cast Of A SOLDIER'S PLAY Joins Charles Fuller's Family At Dedication Of The Fuller Theater At Roman Catholic High School
January 26, 2023

Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic High School officially renamed its current Black Box Theatre in the Howard Center for the Performing Arts as the Fuller Theatre, in honor of the late Charles Fuller, a school alumnus and Philadelphia-born playwright of the Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-winning Best Revival of a Play, A SOLDIER’S PLAY, playing at Philadelphia’s Forrest Theatre through January 29. See photos from the ceremony!