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Oxford Development Company is seeking proposals for their one of a kind Musician-inResidence program at the CODA on Centre apartment building in the East Liberty / Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The premise of this program is to activate the common areas and enliven resident events through live music. The expected duration of this program is one year. We are seeking proposals from individual musicians and collaborative musician groups that will provide the highest quality and innovative approaches to activating these spaces and events with both a daytime and nighttime presence.
Request for Proposals
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019
Installation: July 1, 2019
CODA on Centre is a newly constructed 175-unit apartment building at 5765 Centre Avenue on the border of the East Liberty and Shadyside neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Opened in March 2018, Coda offers studio, 1-and 2-bedroom rental apartments and has achieved LEED®Gold
certification. Occupancy remains steady at 98 percent.
CODA is located within walking distance of the Eastside shopping plaza, Target, the Giant Eagle Market District, Whole Foods and local restaurants and shops in the East Liberty / Shadyside area. The residence welcomes pets and features a pet-wash room, in-house fitness center, coworking lounge, game room, communal kitchen, secure bicycle storage, and round-the-clock concierge service. In-unit amenities include washers and dryers, ample storage, and modern kitchens complete with dark wood cabinetry and granite countertops. A number of units have terraces that open directly to the courtyard while others offer balconies with views of the urban neighborhood.
For more information visit CODA.
CODA on Centre is designed and managed to offer living in tune with the edgy beat of the East
End. The goals of this program are:
o create a mechanism in which musicians can occupy the building common spaces infunctional and engaging ways
o develop a creative atmosphere that builds community
o foster opportunities for upcoming artists
Preferred eligible applicants to the program include musicians that seek to work collaboratively
with building management to develop engaging resident events. Musician “teams” are
encouraged, and could consist of instrumentalists, vocalists, poets, etc. The definition of
“musician team” is very broad within the context of this program and is meant to allow for the
most interesting and engaging partnerships possible among a variety of disciplines.
A curatorial committee that consists of local music experts, staff members of Oxford
Development Company, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and a group of local music lovers will
review all applications. Applications will be evaluated for feasibility, innovation, creativity, and
the potential for greatest impact.
From the applicant pool, the committee will select a group of finalists who will be invited to
perform in person for the curatorial committee. The committee will select one applicant to
participate in the program.
The selected applicant will receive one (1) rent-free, furnished 1-bedroom apartment (unit to
be determined by management staff) for the term of the agreement.
The selected applicant will work with Oxford staff to determine plans for regular performances
in each space and at resident events. It is anticipated that the Musician-in-Residence will
perform at a total of three (3) resident, prospect, or community events per month, as well as
host regular 2-hour performances two (2) times per week. Once plans have been approved, the
selected applicant will sign a contract for a one-year commitment.
The selected applicant must undertake the regular lease application process in order to sign a
month-to-month Lease Agreement and all applicable Addenda with terms as determined by the
owner of the property. The selected applicant will abide by all rules and regulations for the
property or those set forth in the Lease Agreement and the accompanying Addenda. The
selected applicant will not be required to pay a security deposit, however, if and when they
vacate the apartment, they will be monetarily responsible for any damages found in the
The selected applicant will be required to obtain Renters Insurance with a minimum General
Liability coverage of $100,000 and minimum contents coverage of $10,000 for the duration of
their residency. The applicant will also need to name Oxford Development Company as
additional insured to the policy.
Program Informational Session: March 27, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019
Curatorial Committee Review: April 18, 2019
Applicants Notified: April 23, 2019
Finalists present to Committee: May 6, 2019
Final Selection of Applicant: May 10, 2019
Installation/Move-In: July 1, 2019
Musicians and Musician teams who are interested in this project must prepare and submit the
following within a single PDF document formatted to 8.5 x 11 inches. Please place text and
images within the PDF as outlined below. When images are presented, please place caption
below each noting specifications as described below:
o Cover Page: Please place name of applicant(s), along with email, telephone, address, and
either artist collective or business name as applicable.
o Page 1: A Letter of Interest which explains interest in and approach to the program.
o Page 2-3 (or more): A current résumé or curriculum vitae. If submitting as a team, a résumé
or c.v. should be submitted for each team member.
o Page 4: A list of at least three professional references. This list must include complete
addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
o Pages 5-10 (or less): images of past performances, or relevant business or artistic portfolio
images. Images should be clearly labeled by caption below each within the PDF document.
These captions must include: date, location, and, team member.
Five (5) music samples should be provided by digital means that allow for playback on various
devices, and are both Mac and PC compatible. (dropbox or website links are permissible)
Application packets are due by 5p.m. EST, April 15, 2019 via email.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. All materials submitted will not be returned.
For additional information and to submit application packet via email please direct to: