Creators Corps Program

Call for Applications


Submission period

Fri Jan 12 at 05AM UTC

End of submission period

Sat Mar 2 at 04:59AM UTC

Results date

Sun Jun 30 at 04PM UTC


For U.S. citizen or permanent resident based in the U.S. or its territories
The Louisville Orchestra (LO) Creators Corps offers fully-funded residencies in Louisville, KY, to three selected composers/creators for the 2025-26 season. The selected creators will collaborate with the orchestra to write new works, participate in community engagement programming, and maintain vibrant and active presences in the local community. The orchestra will provide each creator with a $40,000 salary, health benefits, housing, and studio workspaces.

We envision the invited creators as distinctly public figures who will be active and conspicuous throughout the city (particularly the Shelby Park neighborhood, where they will live). The creators will act as “artist-leaders” who will develop meaningful relationships with neighborhood residents and embody the LO’s conviction that music is a fundamental part of civic life.

Each creator will:

- Make Louisville, KY, their primary residence for 30-48 weeks of the year.
- Create at least one large-scale orchestral work for the LO’s subscription season
- Design at least one community-based project per year within one of the following categories:
o Family programming: Create new and entertaining ways for audiences of all ages to engage with the orchestra and its musicians.
o Community Engagement: Create collaborative works in partnership with another Louisville-based organization that explores social/cultural themes, engages with the mission/audience of the partnering organization, or connects with listeners beyond the concert hall.
o School Programs: Create works that feature or are performed by/for Louisville-area K-12 students, helping them connect with their instruments, the orchestra, and music generally in a new way
o Other projects, as proposed and agreed upon between the Creator and the LO.

- Curate a portion of at least one program per year for the LO. - Assist with existing educational and community partnership initiatives. - Participate in public and private events, media interviews, pre-concert talks, and other promotional activities - Should they wish, each creator can receive private conducting training from Teddy Abrams.

We seek creators with bold ideas about collaborating with an orchestra. Our ideal candidates: - Have a distinctive, fully realized creative voice with the technical capacity to achieve their vision. - Are fluent in composing for orchestral forces (or be willing to collaborate with someone who is), though they need not necessarily come from a traditional Western Classical background. - Are passionate about forging relationships with community organizations to advance music’s role in civic life. - Care deeply about education, having experience in or being excited to work with local students and teachers on creative music-making programs. - Be willing to engage with and be accessible to residents of the neighborhood where they will live, participate in public events, and share their work.

The Louisville Orchestra aims to assemble a cohort of “artist-leaders” that represent diverse backgrounds and practices yet share the LO’s conviction that music is a fundamental part of civic life.

Details are available at web pages:

We expect the 2025-26 cohort to arrive in Louisville, KY, in June 2025.

For questions about the Louisville Orchestra Creators Corps, please contact Jacob Gotlib, Creators Corps Program Manager, at or (502) 585-9434.