Residency Programme

Silence, to the composer, is like a clean canvas to a painter or blank white paper to a poet. Tabula rasa.”
– Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt Centre Residency Programme and Scholarships

The peace, the light and the silence at the creative spaces of the Arvo Pärt Centre are welcoming artists from all over the world here to work, create and find inspiration. Our spacious residency room with views opening to the surrounding pine forest is open for composers and performers as well as creators from other fields – writers, visual artists, architects, film and dance artists. We welcome solo artists as well as smaller ensembles, collectives or small working groups.

Our aim is to offer the time and space for open-ended, creative processes. During the chosen residency period, the artist is welcome to work and practise at the APC building as well as the surrounding area with no fixed requirement for a completed work or project.

To see in more detail what is available in the residency room, please click here.


Accommodation and location

The Arvo Pärt Centre is located in Laulasmaa, 35 kilometres from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, on a beautiful natural peninsula between the sea and a pine forest.
As the centre does not include accommodation facilities,
the residency will be combined with hotel accommodation in the area, 800m walking distance from the centre building. 

For more information about how to get here, please click here.


Applying for Residency

There are two types of residency available: 

APC Residency Scholarhip (1-4 weeks)

Residency Scholarship – Two scholarships are awarded every year, one for musicians and one for other artists.

The scholarship will provide an all costs covered residency by the APC, including international and local travel, use of residency facilities, hotel accommodation in the area and per diems. The applicant is free to decide the duration for the residency between 1 to 4 weeks.  Please note this residency is personal and does not include any accompanying persons. The next round of applications for the residency scholarship will start in January 2023.

Externally or self-funded residency (1-4 weeks)

Externally funded residency – Costs partly or fully covered by external funds, supporters or APC partners. Please note that it is necessary to apply for funding separately.

Self-funded residency – The residency room can also be used for shorter periods throughout the year. The applications can be submitted throughout the year and depend on the availability of the room. All costs will be paid by the applicant.


The application round for the 2022 Arvo Pärt Centre residency scholarship has ended.

To apply for the self-funded/externally funded residency, please fill in this application form. Applications for the self-funded/externally funded residency are accepted throughout the year.

The final selection for the use of the residency room remains with the APC, all residents must comply with our Terms and Conditions

The application process is open to all.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For further questions, feel free to contact:
Saara Laurik
+372 335 3000



The Centre will be closed for visitors on October 21 due to a private conference.