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Summer Studios 2023

FREE six-day residency opportunity for artists

Applications are now closed. There will be another open call next year – if you’d like a reminder nearer the time, or to hear about other upcoming opportunities for artists, sign up to our newsletter by emailing

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.

Find out more about the application process for next year here.


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).

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