Jon Lemon Artist in Residence Program

The Jon Lemon Artist in Residence (JLAIR) program is offered in recognition of one of the world’s leading and most experienced live-sound engineers and aims to support South Australian song writers, producers and engineers to create new music through collaboration.

South Australian-born, Jon Lemon has worked with many world class, successful artists including Sia, Christina Aguilera, Lana Del Rey, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins and The Cure, just to name a few. When he’s not traveling the globe for his craft, he happily resides in the state’s Fleurieu Peninsula, and has a great passion for nurturing local songwriting.

Through the JLAIR program, South Australian song writers, music producers and engineers can apply to become an ‘Artist in Residence’, working in one of two brand new song writing rooms based at St Paul’s Creative Centre.

These “Songspace” rooms at St Paul’s are purpose built and uniquely designed to provide a comfortable, creative space to assist artists with developing new work.

The 2018-19 rounds of this residency program:

2018 Closing Dates:
5PM 19 January 2018, 5PM 06 Aug 2018, 5PM 10 Dec 2018

Commencement Dates:
19 March 2018, 01 Oct 2018, 01 Mar 2019



For the August 2018 round of the JLAIR program, the collaborative songwriting project will be themed around the specific art of creating original music for a video game, potentially putting artists on the path to a new and exciting income stream.

Successful applicants will be paired with reps from two of the hottest game developers in Adelaide: Novus Res, known for their acclaimed range of Virtual Reality (VR) games, and Mighty Kingdom, Australia’s largest independent game developers.

Matthew and Luke Wilson (Novus Res) have already collaborated with local artist Tim Whitt in a recent successful pilot project that saw them all create new music for the market ready VR game “26 Rob Plays”.  Morgan Read of Mighty Kingdom is a world class, professional musician and in house composer who lends his artistic expertise to the creation of games for the likes of Lego and Disney.

These masters will guide successful applicants through the ins and outs of the composing process, where they will collaboratively work on new music from the initial conceptual stages of a game to a theoretically “market-ready” product.

Over 8 days (non-consecutive), the artists and game developers will work collaboratively on a music brief for a ‘demo’ product, and also gain valuable insight into how to market musical work in this capacity in future. This project will also help to introduce South Australia’s games creatives to a larger network of local artists who could potentially compose new original content for them.

This project offers a grant of $2000 to the successful applicant(s), to cover their personal expenses in time and involvement with the 8 day project. Up to 2 successful applicants will be chosen in a peer assessed process, for individual participation in their respective projects.

Applications open Monday 16th July, with submissions through the  new online portal from Arts South Australia. Please do not submit applications prior to Monday 16th July, for you will need to refer to the HANDBOOK for this grant for the essential information to provide in your application. This Handbook will be downloadable from the Arts South Australia grant portal website from Monday 16th July.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 6th August.

For questions or further details: attend a FREE INFO SESSION on the Jon Lemon Artist in Residence round, and the Contemporary Music Grant Program on Thursday 19th July, 5:30pm SHARP at St Paul’s Creative Centre. RSVP via EventBrite.

Elizabeth Reid, Program Officer, Music Development Office: 08 7320 3307, 


About the Songspace Rooms

Artists in Residence will have access to a suite of amenities and equipment in the Songspace rooms, including digital interfaces, hard drives, and software that will facilitate the demo-ing of new material.

Artists in Residence will also enjoy Membership Benefits as a part-time co-worker at St Paul’s, including access to members-only events and facilities.

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