Residencies & Workshops

World Cafe Live’s in-depth school residencies explore music-making through programs that connect with real-world issues. We prioritize skills such as creativity, collaboration, and communication. 

These programs are designed to complement schools’ existing curriculum, deepen learning, and provide new opportunities for students and teachers. We engage highly skilled teaching artists representing diverse traditions, who work with World Cafe Live staff as well as school faculty and administrators to tailor programs for the needs and interests of each school.

See our programs in action! The HBO Documentary Stand Up & Shout: Songs From a Philly High School, produced by Amy Schatz in association with John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co., follows our 2022 album-making residency with Hill-Freedman World Academy.

Want to participate or learn more? Fill out the form below to get in touch!

Education & Community Programs Interest Form


When do residencies take place?

Our school-based programs run anywhere from 6 weeks to an entire school year and may include in-school and/or after-school sessions. Schedule is determined based on school and artist availability.

How do I get a residency at my school?

We approach each residency organically, understanding that each school has unique needs and challenges. We have a generative, student-led approach to music-making, so programs frequently evolve as we go. We recommend that interested schools begin by attending Bridge Sessions. Fill out the interest form above to learn more or begin discussing next steps.

Does my school need to have a music program?

Not necessarily! When a music program already exists, we seek to join forces and complement what is already happening. When there isn’t a music program, we collaborate with teachers and administrators to create something distinct for that school. Our programs are most successful when they happen collaboratively with classroom teachers seeking to provide in-depth arts enrichment opportunities tailored to their students.

How are school residencies funded?

World Cafe Live raises funds from foundations, corporations, and individuals to cover teaching artist fees, production costs, supplies, and other residency expenses. Some schools we partner with have also secured funding through their own sources to help offset costs.