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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.


Opening Times:

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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Summer Studios

Expression of Interest for Summer Studios 2020 is now closed. Thank you to everyone who has registered an interest in the programme. If you have submitted an application form, we will be in touch to let you know whether you have been selected by mid May.

Sage Gateshead is committed to artist development and in the event that we’re unable to host face to face residencies, we’ll move these online where we can continue to support you to create new work, develop your practice or prepare for a performance.

If you’ve registered your interest – next steps

You will be sent a short form to fill out and you will need to have an example of your music that you can send us a link to. In the form we’ll ask you to write a bit about you as an artist (or your band), and what you’d like to use the Summer Studio residency to do. You can send us a video with this information instead, if you prefer.

Check out the answers to some frequently asked questions here. Once you have registered you can ask any extra questions about the residency, financial help, access needs, or you can arrange to come and see the venue before you apply.

You will then need to complete the application form by midnight on Monday 13 April.

About Summer Studios

Sage Gateshead are offering free, week-long residencies throughout August for musicians, producers, artists, rappers and singers of all genres to be able to create new work, develop their practice or prepare for a performance. A one week residency can provide a great kickstart or boost to a creative project.

This year’s Summer Studios will take place from 3 August – 16 August 2020, offering dedicated rehearsal studio and facilities to artists for one week, as well as one-to-one sessions and clinics with music industry professionals. Residents also have the option to have a professional photoshoot and film a live session of one of their songs (watch the 2019 live sessions here). Residents will be able to attend workshops on industry-relevant topics such as stage presence, approaching promoters, writing funding bids, songwriting, PR and management. Last year’s workshops featured professionals from Sony Music, NARC Magazine, i-D Magazine and Funky Fly Music amongst others.

Summer Studios is for music creators from all genres and backgrounds, at any career stage. Previous residents have included Talk Like Tigers, Big Joanie, Ross Millard (The Futureheads), Frankie & the Heartstrings, Holly Clarke, Martha Hill, Hayley McKay and John Pope.

Summer Studios is produced by Sage Gateshead in association with NARC. magazine.

Sage Gateshead is one of 40 PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partners. Sage Summer Studios forms part of a wider programme of talent development at Sage Gateshead that will provide opportunities for a broad range of musicians working across different music genres.

Everyone is welcome to apply, but 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 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, 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

Please note that we are only able to accept applications from those who will be aged 18 and over on 1 August 2020.

Financial help

We do not pay artist fees for taking part in Summer Studios, but if you are unable to take up the residency for financial reasons, bursaries are available towards costs such as: meals, childcare, transport, project materials for the residency, the cost of a support worker, access costs, and replacing income which may be lost due to doing the residency. Further information on how the bursaries work will be sent to you when you register your interest.

Some funding is available for accommodation and travel for those travelling from outside of the region.

Additional funding is available to help improve the experience for disabled musicians, including for transport costs if you have specific transport requirements. Accessible accommodation is available if you are coming from outside Newcastle and Gateshead.  If you would like to speak to someone about access needs before applying, please email [email protected]

Find out more about our Summer Studios residents 2019 below.

In association with

PRSF Talent Development Partner (w Youth Music)