Opening Times
Box Office

This week our Box Office phone lines are open 12noon – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. The building itself will remain closed until further notice.

☎️ 0191 443 4661
📧 [email protected]

Opening Times:
Box Office

This week our Box Office phone lines are open 12noon – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. The building itself will remain closed until further notice.

☎️ 0191 443 4661
📧 [email protected]

 →  Artist Development  →  Sage Sessions

Sage Sessions

Kris Halpin

Appy to perform at Sage Sessions

We are looking for artists based in the North East to perform a stripped-back set as part of Sage Sessions, a new cross-genre series of intimate gigs. We want to hear from you if you identify as being from a working class background* or have experienced challenging circumstances on your musical journey.

Sage Sessions is due to take place on stage in our largest venue, Sage One, but some of the events may take place online instead. If you apply you will also be added to our list of local artists for opportunities such as support slots, live streaming etc.

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:

  • 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

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

What we’re looking for:
  • pop, indie, alternative, folk, country, Americana, jazz/blues, soul/funk, classical, electronic, hip hop, ambient, sound art, experimental
  • original music or creative interpretations of existing music
  • artists at any stage of their career who have been paid to perform in the last 2 years
  • minimum set length of 20 minutes
  • finished pieces or work-in-progress which is ready for an audience
  • a stripped back performance: lightly amplified or totally acoustic, suitable for a seated audience, solo artists can perform with backing track if preferred, maximum group size of 6
  • promotional photos of you as an artist
  • you must be over 18
  • you must be based in the North East
  • if you have previously performed at Sage Gateshead, please still apply!
How to apply:

Complete this form by Friday 12 June, 5pm

>> Click here to complete the application form

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

You will receive a message confirming that your application has been submitted. If successful, you will hear from us from July onwards. Due to the number of applications and the nature of the opportunity, we will only be in touch if you have been selected for a performance. If you would like feedback on your application after the deadline has passed, please book an artist advice session and mention that you would like feedback when you book. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Jones [email protected] or on 0191 443 4579.

How it works:

Sage Sessions will take place monthly on weekday evenings. The first performance opportunity is likely to be in the autumn and the series will continue into 2021. The gigs are planned to take place in Sage One with the audience seated on stage with the artists, to create an intimate space which holds under 100 people. Due to Covid-19 the event may be livestreamed from the venue without an audience present, or even livestreamed directly from artists’ homes. Each event features 2-3 artists playing sets of either 20 or 45 minutes, and the audience pay what they can so there is no minimum ticket price.

We will pay artists a fee of at least £150 plus travel expenses, but a higher fee will be available depending on size of group, set length and artist’s level of experience/profile.

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 Emily Jones [email protected] or 0191 443 4579.

>> Check out the answers to some frequently asked questions here.

* ‘Working class’ can mean different things to different people and we know that some people feel uncomfortable with the term. We are including it for those people who do self-identify as working class.

PRSF Talent Development Partner (w Youth Music)