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Music Spark

Music Spark is Sage Gateshead’s music training programme for young people and adults aged 15-25 years with additional needs. Trainees take part in accredited activity, facilitating music workshops for other young adults with additional needs, as well as planning and hosting the annual Music Spark Show.

Through creative activity and work experience, Music Spark aims to support independence and help participants realise professional and artistic aspirations. This has led to some participants being employed by Sage Gateshead to deliver workshops and training.

Participants have been signposted from organisations including MENCAP National College Dilston, Northern Counties College and Dryden School.

The programme has two main elements; the Music Spark Traineeship and the Music Spark POD (Progression Opportunity Development).

For more information please contact [email protected] or call 0191 443 5249.


Music Spark Traineeship

30 days over one full academic year, £1,000 per trainee.

Fridays 10am – 3pm, Music Education Centre at Sage Gateshead (term time only).

Starting in September 2020.

Trainees are supported to:

  • Lead, devise and evaluate music activities primarily for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities;
  • Explore development and progression routes within the organisation;
  • Develop skills and experience so they can access paid employment;
  • Explore and develop their confidence levels and sense of self belief;
  • Develop independence and confidence through training that explores diverse styles of workshops, decision making, appropriate content and choice;
  • Achieve Arts Award accreditation and NCFE Level 1 Award in Personal and Social Development.

Music Spark POD (Progression Opportunity Development)

30 sessions over 1 full academic year, £600 per POD member.

Starting in September 2020.

POD sessions are for Music Spark Trainees who have graduated and offer flexible progression and continued support opportunities.


Music Spark Show

The Music Spark Show is an annual event planned and hosted by the Music Spark Team. The show invites some of the regions most accomplished performers to celebrate diversity in our local communities and champion ability before disability. Music Spark Show 2020 coming soon!

Music Spark