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In light of the most recent Government advice, Sage Gateshead will be closed to the public until further notice.

The health and safety of audiences, musicians and staff at Sage Gateshead is our priority. Keep up to date here.


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Artists In Residence


Artists in Residence 20/21 – Applications Now Open

A 10 month artist-led programme to develop an ambitious creative project, with a filmed showcase for the project at Sage Gateshead.

We are looking for 4 artists across a range of music genres who are among the most exciting artists in the region. We are looking for artists at any career stage, but at a ‘pivotal point’ in their career where an ambitious project will open up new possibilities and move their work forward. We are interested in projects which reflect your personal story or the local area (although this is not essential), and in supporting artists to adapt to the current situation by working digitally.

The residency runs from September to June and is self-directed so you decide what you will do with the time and money available in order to create the final performance, with our support.

The package includes:

  • £3000 towards your time
  • £500 for creative development, e.g. 1 to 1 creative support and tuition, buying music equipment
  • Five-day residential retreat to work on your project alone, away from the distractions of everyday life
  • Access to the rehearsal spaces at Sage Gateshead
  • Concert at Sage or virtual event to showcase the project at the end of the residency
  • Video footage of the final project for promotional use
  • Access to advice and contacts from our team
  • Access to wellbeing support – regular catch-ups and GP clinics especially for performers
  • Additional money is available for access costs if needed, see below

As part of the role we will ask you to provide us with some ‘work in progress’ updates for use online (e.g. short videos, a blog post) and we may occasionally ask you to act as an ambassador for Sage Gateshead in media interviews.

We are looking for artists who are:
  • Based primarily in the North East
  • Writing your own music in any genre
  • A professional musician: regularly working and earning money from your original music, whether performances, commissions or releases
  • Have been earning money from performing or writing music for at least 3 years
  • Applying as an individual not as a group. Your project can involve other musicians, but they will only be paid a fee for the performance.
  • Have some experience of leading your own projects
  • Over 18

We recognise that some communities have not been represented in our previous work. We want to make sure this opportunity is available to everyone, no matter what your background or the challenges you have faced.

For example, we would love to hear from you if you:

  • Have a disability, learning difficulty, a long-term health condition or would describe yourself as neurodivergent
  • Consider yourself to be from a working class community
  • Received free school meals in secondary school
  • Grew up in a family receiving Universal Credit or state benefits
  • Have ever lived in council or social housing, been on the housing register
  • Have ever lived in sheltered accommodation or experienced homelessness
  • Attended a state-run school and were the first generation in your family to attend university
  • Experienced being in care at any point
  • Were a young parent or young carer
  • Have been a refugee or asylum seeker
  • Are Black, Asian or a minority ethnicity

These are some common examples of challenging circumstances but there may be others.

Previous Sage Gateshead Artists in Residence are not eligible to apply.

How to apply:

Please fill out this form by Friday 12 June, 5pm.

>> Click here to complete the online application form

>> Click here to download the questions (Microsoft Word)

You will receive an email confirming it has been submitted. A small number of artists will be invited for an informal interview by video/phone call on 20 & 21 July.

Feedback will be provided on request for unsuccessful applications and further advice on your career is available.

Additional money is available for access needs to help improve the experience, which might include transport costs for disabled artists with specific needs, a personal assistant or care worker, BSL interpretation, information in large print or another language etc. If you would like to speak to someone about access needs before applying, please contact us using the details below. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Jones [email protected] or on 0191 443 4579.

>> Check out the answers to our frequently asked questions here.
Find out more about our 2019/20 Artists in Residence below.
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