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Sage Gateshead launches one to one advice sessions for emerging artists and musicians

Posted on 26 March 2020


Sage Gateshead is hosting a series of new online one-to-one advice sessions to support emerging artists, musicians and music leaders from April.

As part of its ongoing commitment to artist development, Sage Gateshead’s artistic team will offer free advice to musicians on their career in the music industry. It will happen through a one-to-one session tailored to each individual, offering advice on topics such as how to approach venues and festivals, applying for funding, dealing with record labels, to questions about support available during the current crisis.

The Advice Sessions are available via video or telephone between 10.30am and 6pm on the first Thursday of every month, starting from Thursday 9 April until 2 July.

Emily Jones, Senior Producer at Sage Gateshead said: “These sessions have always been part of our artist support plan for Spring 2020, but now more than ever we hope that they will provide help, guidance and some peace of mind during an unprecedented time for the music industry.

“During this uncertain period Sage Gateshead remains committed more than ever to the health and wellbeing of the artistic community.”

Sage Gateshead music leaders will also be running free, 30-minute sessions with other music leaders, music teachers, project workers and musicians who work with young people across the North East that experience challenging circumstances. These sessions are part of Sage Gateshead’s CoMusica programme which supports children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances to fulfil their potential musically, personally and socially. It is funded by Youth Music as part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England (AMIE), a collective that work together to promote equity in music education.

The sessions will range from instrumental expertise to working with people with additional needs and offer practical advice on musical delivery techniques. They will be available through video and followed up with face to face meetings later on in the year. The first free online session will take place on Thursday April 23 at 12pm and will have a focus on SEN/D education, bass, double bass and music production.

Coinciding with the launch of the Advice Sessions, Sage Gateshead is also hosting a series of specialist GP Clinics with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), the largest provider of career-specific healthcare in the performing arts. The first of these will also take place on Thursday 9 April and run monthly until 2 July.

The clinics will be run by Dr. Melanie Grundy, a BAPAM and NHS GP with special interests in mental health and wellbeing, gender dysphoria and performance health.

The clinics are for anyone who makes a proportion of their living from or are studying the performing arts and has a physical or psychological health problem related to their work. The clinics will support creative practitioners with advice on work-related health problems. This may include identifying the best sources of ongoing care, both in the NHS and from other specialists and advice on sources of financial support for people experiencing health problems affecting their ability to work or study.

In addition to the monthly GP clinics, BAPAM is also running a series of webinars focusing on performers’ health, and how to sustain a career in the performing arts. These are all available online until further notice.

The first webinar, titled ‘Healthy Performance Training: Keeping Well Physically, Mentally and Vocally’ (Monday 20 April) is an introductory session designed for performing arts professionals and students and outlines risk factors and key strategies to maintain good physical, mental and vocal health throughout a sustainable career. Participants will learn how to avoid health problems and identify the signs and symptoms if they do occur, how to manage issues, promote good health, and where to go for help.

Claire Cordeaux, from BAPAM, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sage Gateshead in supporting health and artistic excellence throughout the creative community.”

Further information and booking instructions for all of the above opportunities are available at For any questions please contact [email protected]




Artist Career Advice Sessions

Thursday 9 April, Thursday 7 May, Thursday 4 June and Thursday 2 July,

One-to-one sessions are available between 10.30am and 6pm. All sessions will last between 30 – 40 minutes and will take place via phone or video call.


BAPAM Performing Artist GP Clinics

Thursday 9 April, Thursday 7 May, Thursday 4 June and Thursday 2 July,

One-to-one sessions are available between 10am and 6pm. All sessions will take place via phone or video call.

To book an appointment at the clinic, please register as a patient at BAPAM 0207 404 8444 [email protected]


Healthy Performance Training: Keeping Well Physically, Mentally and Vocally

Monday 20 April, 10am – 1.30pm


The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) is the largest provider of career-specific healthcare for performers in the UK. Working with partners Equity, Musicians’ Union, Help Musicians UK and venues such as Sage Gateshead, BAPAM is expanding its national training programme supporting healthy performance in the UK.

Dr Melanie Grundy is a GP with special interests in mental health/wellbeing, gender dysphoria and performers’ health. Prior to studying medicine, she gained a degree in Theatre Costume design from Edinburgh College of Art and worked for several years as a freelance designer/maker; consequently she has personal experience of some of the issues facing those who are self-employed in the Arts. Outside her clinical work, Melanie remains involved with the creative sphere as Trustee/Secretary of music promoter Jazz North East and performing as one half of the voice & piano duo Alembic. The clinical and creative come together in her roles as Trustee of Help Musicians UK and as an assessing clinician and trainer for BAPAM.

Sage Gateshead is an international music centre and renowned conference and event venue located in the North East of England. It is for artists, for audiences and for the North.

Our iconic building, designed by Foster & Partners, welcomes around 500,000 visitors each year. It is home to the acclaimed Royal Northern Sinfonia and presents around 400 events and festivals each year for a live audience of 350,000 (six million people hear our work via stream or broadcasts). Every year we support over 100 musicians through our artist development programme and we work with 30,000 children and young people as well as 20,000 adults in our creative learning programme.

As a charity we rely on financial support from Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, Arts Council England and our donors to ensure everyone in the community can experience the joys of music.

Positioned as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation, our continued ambition for the future is to work to significantly to increase the number and range of people connected with music.

Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.