Blue Mountain Center

Supporting writers, artists and activists in Blue Mountain Lake, New York

2019 Residency Session Dates

The application process for the 2019 season is now closed.

2019 Session dates:

Session 1: Friday, June 14—Friday, July 12
Session 2: Friday, July 19—Friday, August 16
Session 3: Friday, August 30—Friday, September 27

Applications for the 2020 residency season will open November 15, 2019. The application deadline will be February 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified about whether or not they’ve been accepted by March 29, 2020.

Blue Mountain Center values racial, economic and environmental justice and gender equality. We encourage applications from people of color, women and LGBTQ artists and activists. Contact us if you have concerns about or barriers to participating in a BMC residency,

Before you apply

Please note that cell phones are prohibited at Blue Mountain Center. We've found that cell phones and the constant connectivity they entail conflict with our mission and detract from the experience of being here. We have a phone booth with unlimited long distance calling available for resident use. Please read Rob Nixon's Reflections on the Cell Phone Policy for a former resident's perspective on the policy.

There is no Wi-Fi. A small internet center located in the Main House has one public computer and several ethernet cables for personal laptops. We have several Apple USB adapters available for residents whose laptops do not have ethernet ports.

Both the phone booth and internet center are open to residents 24 hours a day. Family and loved ones may call the BMC office in the event of an emergency.

Financial Support

Generous BMC alumni have teamed up with the Adirondack Foundation to create a Resident Support Fund to provide financial assistance to BMC applicants who require additional resources to participate in BMC's Residency program and meet criteria specified by donors. At this time our donors have created funds designed to assist people of color. Upon acceptance to a Residency, qualified applicants will be invited to request funding if needed. 

Application Guidelines

Blue Mountain Center accepts applications from writers, artists of all media types, activists, and composers who create original work. The following information will be requested through our online application system:

  • basic personal and contact info, availability, and session preferences

  • a brief bio that includes professional achievements (1 - 2 pages)

  • a brief statement of your proposed plan for work at BMC (1 - 2 pages)

  • $25 application processing fee (payable by credit card or PayPal)

We do not request references. Spouses are not included in the acceptance invitation, though they may apply separately. Each applicant will be evaluated as an individual. Collaborating applicants should contact before applying.


  • 10 pages (double-spaced PDF, manuscript style)

  • Please leave writing sample unsigned to ensure anonymity.

  • Playwrights may submit up to 30 pages.


  • Five JPEG images. Please include a corresponding image list (PDF) that cites titles, sizes, medium, and dates.

  • A brief artist statement.


  • Follow the regular application guidelines, and include more extensive information about your organization and activist background. A writing sample (up to 10 pages, PDF) is welcome but not required.

  • In your plan, activists may highlight your desire for rest and rejuvenation. We consider ourselves an active community of artists and activists but also recognize the value of time for reflection for those who have worked tirelessly for important causes for months or years without respite.


  • Composers can upload in MP4, MP3, M4a, or WAV format.

  • Scores are not necessary.


  • Film/video applicants should submit a link to a 10-minute work sample.

Photo credits: Trevor Nathan (Home), Karin Hayes (Community, Support Us, & Contact), & Jan Mammey (Apply).

Photo credits: Trevor Nathan (Home), Karin Hayes (Community, Support Us, & Contact), & Jan Mammey (Apply).