Estonian Traditional Music Center

Estonian Traditional Music Center is an openminded and innovative non-government organisation which supports and organises traditional music non-formal education and promotes live traditional music performances across the country.

The Estonian Traditional Music Centre residency program will begin in autumn 2017. We are looking for folk musicians, traditional music ensembles and pedagogues who are interested in cooperating with Estonian musicians or wish to learn about Estonian traditional music. The Centre is able to provide regular rehearsing space, a chamber hall and concert hall for performances and technical support. In addition, there is a regular concert program happening in the building, the Centre is home to the biggest folk music library in the Baltics and the organisation is frequented by folk musicians from Estonia. The Centre organises one of the biggest music festivals in the Baltics - the Viljandi Folk Music Festival. There are several different possibilities to collaborate with the Department of Folk Music at the Viljandi Culture Academy as well.

We expect the outcome of the residency to be presented at the Traditional Music Centre, whether in the form of a concert, a workshop program, research materials, lectures & seminars etc.

The Centre is available for residency from September to June.

Accommodation Information

Residents can be accommodated at the Centre, in a hostel near the Centre or in a cottage outside of Viljandi. Each place offers different living conditions, but all provide basic amenities like a bed, shower, toilet and wi-fi.

Technical Information - Both halls are equipped with PA & concert lighting. The rehearsing space can be adjusted to the artists' needs - there are recording equipment, different amplifiers and various other equipment which residents can use during their creative process, provided this can be agreed upon beforehand.