Free music residencies up for grabs at Sage Gateshead this Summer

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Sage Gateshead‘s Summer Studio programme will open the doors to its rehearsal studios from 6-26 August 2018, offering free residencies of up to one week for musicians, singers and artists of all genres to create new work, develop their practice or prepare for a performance.

As part of Great Exhibition of the North, a three-month celebration of the North of England’s inventors, artists and designers, participants of the programme will have the chance to:

  • rehearse, create and collaborate in a studio space
  • attend a one-to-one session with an industry professional
  • attend a professional photoshoot
  • record a demo
  • perform in a two-day showcase in the Sage Two concert hall in front of family, friends and members of the music industry

There will also be an opportunity to perform at Sage Gateshead’s New Year New Artists festival in January 2019.

Sage Gateshead artists in residence

Previous artists in residence have included Sarah Fisher, AeytherSwine Tax, Katie Doherty and Harri Endersby.

Aeyther said of the programme:

‘The residency allowed us the time and space to really focus on developing ourselves musically and plan for the year ahead in terms of recording and performance.

‘We were very grateful to be given a safe space in which to try out ideas. We have successfully completed writing our song, fleshed out one of our puppetry pieces, applied for rural touring and made a master plan for next year!’

Broader opportunities

Abigail Pogson, Managing Director at Sage Gateshead, said:

‘Summer Studio is part of our wider programme of artist development that provides opportunities for a broad range of emerging musicians working across different music genres.

‘Alongside Summer Studio, we run New Year New Artists, an annual festival in January showcasing the best new talent from the North and internationally. Our third strand is our Associate Artists programme, which gives emerging artists a 12-month programme of development and profile through work with Sage Gateshead.

‘At Summer Studio, your experience will be tailored by you, with support from us to make sure that you gain what you need from the residency. This year, the opportunity sits at the heart of Great Exhibition of the North – we think it is very important to be hosting musicians to make work whilst this event is taking place.’


Applicants for Sage Gateshead’s Summer Studio should visit the web page here or send a one-minute video on what they would like to achieve to TDP@sagegateshead.com by Friday 25 May 2018.

Header photo: Sage Gateshead © Sage Gateshead

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