Since 2006, the Dawson City Music Festival has proudly operated an annual Songwriter in Residence program with the support of the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture. The program brings a musician to Dawson City for a month-long, mid-winter stay (MONTH OF JANUARY) where the artist receives studio and living space at the historic goldrush-era Macaulay House. Previous songwriters in residence have involved themselves deeply with the local community and have found it to be an enriching, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Whether mentoring local musicians, volunteering for the Yukon Quest International Dogsled Race, performing at the local Seniors Home, or leading workshops at the Robert Service School, there are many opportunities to get involved around Dawson. Most songwriters find the relationship with the community to be mutually inspiring.

Expectations of the residency are flexible – the only requirements are that the artist spend the bulk of the month of January in the Dawson City community, perform one public concert, and collaborate with local musicians by leading a workshop. No stipend is provided to the songwriter; however, DCMF will pay artist fees for the public concert and cover travel expenses to and from Dawson City.