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Sliding-Scale Recording Retreats

“Music has the power to make me feel good like nothing else does. It gives me some peace for a while. Takes me back to who I really am.”

-Gil Scott-Heron


The LGA sliding-scale retreats were established as a response to the fact that recording work can be prohibitively expensive for many musicians. LGA recognizes these challenges and seeks to support musicians on their journey to document their work. The sliding-scale model works on the honor system. Those who can afford to pay more will, and vice versa. The 4-6 day residency affords musicians time to record in the barn with our engineer, Rashaan Carter. The barn is over one hundred years old. It is a majestic and rustic space. The retreats are self-directed. We encourage artists to take time getting into their creative groove. There is no requirement for when and how long you record. You can do what you want with your time at LGA.



Each musician will get their own private bedroom in the farm house. The musicians will prepare their own meals in the fully-equipped kitchen on-site. 


Recording Space

The recording space is in LGA’s barn. The unfinished, rustic and majestic space is engineered by Rashaan Carter. He has spent years finding the sweet spots in the barn. The barn is equipped for acoustic, amplified or electronic sessions. Because of the nature of the space, full isolation is impossible– recordings pick up the sounds of the natural world around it. 



-PLAN A: $250/day for the engineer and studio + $100/day for up to 3 rooms  (Total: $350/day)

-PLAN B: $500 /day for the engineer and barn + $200/day for up to 3 rooms (Total: $700/day)

-PLAN C: $750/day for the engineer and barn + $300/day for up to 3 rooms (Total: $1050/day)


(Rates ABOVE $750/day will help LGA support more musicians who are able to pay lower daily rates. If the Plan A Rate is beyond your reach, please indicate so in your application)



Sliding-Scale retreat attendees are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from LGA. 



Looking Glass Arts prioritizes applications from Black and Brown people. Additionally, we highly encourage those of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and gender identities to apply. 

Important Dates

LGA accepts submissions on a rolling-basis. The application will remain live until all spots are filled. Musicians will be notified of the status of their submission within a month of submitting materials.