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Summer Studios 2023

FREE six-day residency opportunity for artists
Apply by Monday 27 March, 5pm

Summer Studios are free, 6-day residencies throughout August for artists; musicians, bands, producers, rappers and singers of all genres. The programme helps provide time for artists to create new work, develop their music 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 31 July– 12 August 2023, offering dedicated rehearsal space and facilities to artists for 6 days. As well as one-to-one sessions and masterclasses with music industry experts, artists also have the option to have a photoshoot and film a live session of one of their songs (watch previous live sessions here). Artists will be able to attend workshops on industry-relevant topics such as stage presence, management, funding and more. Last year’s workshops featured speakers from Sony Music, Arts Council and Bandcamp amongst others.

Summer Studios is for artists from all genres and backgrounds, at any career stage. Previous artists have included Martha Hill, Ross Millard (The Futureheads), Big Joanie, and Me Lost Me. (read blog by 2022 Summer Studios artist CHAINES here, and read Northern Echo interview with 2022 Summer Studios artist Daisy Chute here).

Please note that Summer Studios does not offer recording studios, but you are welcome to bring your own equipment and record on-site.


If you have any questions about Summer Studios, first check out the FAQs here. and watch our Q&A with Rianne (Producer of Summer Studios) on Instagram here.

And if you need to know anything else, please contact Matthew or George at or call 0191 443 4569 or 0191 443 4649 (Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm).

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:

  • Are d/Deaf, have a disability, learning difficulty or significant long-term health condition which affects your daily life
  • Describe yourself as neurodivergent (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
  • Have been a refugee or asylum seeker
  • Are from the African, South, East and South-East Asian, Middle East, Latinx or North African diaspora, or have experienced racism

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

Please note, to apply you must be aged 18 and over on 31 July 2023 and be based in the UK.

How to apply

Create an account with Sage Gateshead which will include your name, address and contact number. Please keep your log-in details safe as you will need your email and password to submit your application. You are then all set up and ready to apply!


You will need to complete the application form by 5pm on Monday 27 March.

What will we ask in the application form?

In the form we’ll ask you to write about you as an artist, provide links to your music and what you would like to work on during Summer Studios.

Please note, you can answer the questions by video or audio recording with details on how to do this on the application form. There is also a word document of the form that you can use for your reference, please click here to download.

What happens next?

You will receive an email confirming it has been submitted and all applicants will be contacted by the beginning of May.

Written feedback will be provided on request for unsuccessful applications OR you can arrange to have a 10 minute feedback session phone call.

Access costs

Additional money is available for access costs to help improve the experience, which might include transport costs for d/Deaf and disabled artists, 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 requirements before applying, please contact Matthew or George at or call 0191 443 4569 or 0191 443 4649 (Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm).

Hear from our 2022 Summer Studios artists:

Meet our 2022 Summer Studios artists:

Take a listen to our 2022 Summer Studios artists on Spotify:

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 and

Sage Gateshead is a signatory to Sound and Music’s Fair Access Principles