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Vermont studio offers residency opportunity

GUILFORD, VT Unsigned bands and songwriters across the northeast are being offered a chance to apply for unique residency opportunity. Guildford Sound, a recording studio located in Guilford, VT, is offering 12 10-hour days of studio time, a $1,000 stipend and on-site accommodations to one talented (and lucky) songwriter from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware. 

'We wanted to entice unsigned bands and make them feel like they could have a shot at coming to a real studio,' said David Snyder, the owner and operator of Guilford Sound. 'They can set up for an extended period of time in a real studio environment.'

Snyder noted that even though it's the early days of the application process, he's been impressed with the level of talent from the people submitting music. 

'It's incredible how talented the songwriters are,' he said. 'It's going to be very difficult to pick just one.'

Snyder explained that the winner is getting an incredible amount of value if they win the residency. Normally, the studio would charge $1,500 per day for the use of the lavish space, which comes equipped with all state-of-the-art recording equipment. 

According to their website, the studio consists of a 500-plus square foot control room, 64-input API Legacy console with an integrated 12-channel Neve Melbourne, both fitted with Flying Faders. The front wall of the control room is built around a pair of Griffin Audio G1 speakers, powered by custom Griffin Audio amplifiers.

To help offset the energy consumption, the studio was built with the intent to reduce the environmental impact by utilizing a solar array system, ground sourced heat pumps, high-performance windows, radiant heat and LED lighting just to name a few.

Snyder said the space can accommodate a 20-piece strong ensemble and boasts an antique microphone collection.

'This would be a real treat for a band with limited means and time to put something together,' he said. 

Guests can make use of the fully-equipped kitchen and stay in the five-bedroom farmhouse that is just down the path from the studio. You can take a virtual tour of the studio on the website.

There is a $15 administrative fee. This is due to the vast pool of applicants that they are drawing from and ensures that each entry is listened to and discussed by the staff of Guilford Sound.

The deadline for applications are March 29 and the winner will be picked on May 31. For more information or to submit an application visit www.guilfordsound.com/residency.

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