About Summer Studios
Summer Studios are 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 2 August – 15 August 2021, offering dedicated rehearsal studio and facilities to artists for one week, as well as one-to-one sessions and clinics with music industry professionals. Participants 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 approaching promoters, writing funding bids, stage presence, songwriting, music publishing and management. Last year’s workshops featured professionals from Sony Music, NARC Magazine, PRS Foundation and PolyArts Management amongst others.
This year’s Summer Studios will be a special ‘hybrid’ edition with some of the programme happening in-person and some online. Building on the success of the 2020 online residency, this means artists who can travel to Sage Gateshead are welcome to make use of our rehearsal facilities, while one-to-one sessions and clinics will take place via video call to ensure no-one misses out.
Summer Studios is for music creators from all genres and backgrounds, at any career stage. Previous residents have included Big Joanie, Ross Millard (The Futureheads), Frankie & the Heartstrings, Talk Like Tigers, Holly Clarke, Martha Hill and John Pope.
Register your interest
All you need to do is register your interest, and we’ll send you everything you need direct to your email.
You will be sent a short form to fill out and you will need to have a link to an example of your music (unfortunately we cannot accept audio files attached to emails). 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 also answer these questions by video or audio recording if you prefer, details for this are on the form and a Word version of the form will also be provided for your reference.
Check out the answers to some frequently asked questions here. Once you have registered you can reply to ask any extra questions about the residency, financial help, access needs, or you can call us for a chat before you apply.
The deadline for registering your interest is 5pm on Thursday 1 April. You will then need to complete the application form by 12 noon on Tuesday 6 April.
If you do not receive the application form within 24 hours of registering, please check your junk folder first and then email us on [email protected]
If you would like to find out more about the programme, speak to someone about access needs, or have difficulty applying, please contact Matthew Jones on [email protected] or call 0191 443 4569 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).
Everyone is welcome to apply…
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, long-term health condition or would describe yourself as neurodiverse (this might include dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, autistic spectrum, Tourette’s syndrome and others)
- Consider yourself to be from a working class background
- 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 (under 16)
- Have been a refugee or asylum seeker
- Are from the African, South, East and South-East Asian, Middle East or North African diaspora, or have experienced racism
These are some common examples of challenging circumstances but there may be others.
Please note that we are only able to accept applications from those who will be aged 18 and over on 1 August 2021 and are based in the UK.
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 and replacing income which may be lost due to time off work for the residency. Access costs will be covered separately, see below. Further information on how the bursaries work will be sent to you when you register your interest.
Funding is available for accommodation and travel for those travelling from outside of Newcastle and Gateshead.
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. Accessible accommodation is available if you are coming from outside Newcastle/Gateshead.
Matthew Jones [email protected] 0191 443 4569 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
In association with
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.
Sage Gateshead is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner supported by PPL