Summer Studios FAQs
What will I be doing each day at Summer Studios?
The time is yours to use as you wish and you will be allocated a rehearsal room to work in, which is available at any time between 10am and 10pm. Workshops and 1 to 1 sessions will also be on offer. Our facilities are not recording studios, but you can record here if you bring equipment.
Singer-songwriter MG Boulter took part in Summer Studios last year and told us about what he did with his time:
“As a solo performer I was made to feel welcome from the outset with Sage Gateshead staff organising meet and greet drinks on the first day, which really helped me get to know the other musicians and artists on the programme. A lot of the other groups were working on performances but I had decided to use the week for song writing and practising my guitar playing.
I found the time alone to work on things quite intense to begin with but within a day or so I had built a schedule. My day started with a nice walk to Sage Gateshead from my accommodation with a coffee and then an hours practice before a day of writing. Between all this I attended clinics and meetings with industry guest speakers. These group meetings allowed me to share ideas and perspectives with other people. Two of the most engaging sessions were actually the clinics on health and stage confidence. These were aspects of my music career I had paid little attention to in the past and it was good to have the time to consider them.
I live a long way from Gateshead so it was important for me to experience the city and the environment. Most evenings I would finish around 6pm and head into the city, walk along the Tyne, visit galleries and generally find nice places to eat and have a drink. I found this experience rejuvenated my creativity and was as worthwhile as the hours in the rehearsal room. I would recommend this week for any musician wanting some time and space to work on their music, it was a treat to do it. Thank you Sage Gateshead!”
How does the selection process work?
Applications will be assessed by a group of experts including staff from Sage Gateshead, a music professional from the North East, and an artist who previously took part in Summer Studios.
This is always a competitive process and that can’t be avoided. We will be selecting based on the information you have sent us, and will be looking for artists who demonstrate talent, have a clear idea of what they want to achieve during the residency, and who will benefit from this opportunity.
How many people apply and how many will you choose?
We expect to receive over 100 applications and will choose 20-25 artists/bands to take part.
If you are unsuccessful you will receive a short piece of feedback and will still be able to get some support and advice on your career in a short advice session with one of our team.
I’ve never been to Sage Gateshead, what will it be like?
You’ll receive a warm welcome from all the team when you arrive, and we’ll look after you during your week here to make sure you have all the support you need with creative and practical things.
You can have a look inside the building’s main concourse using Google Maps.
There’s a café on the Concourse which has a great view across Newcastle and the River Tyne, and you’re also welcome to bring your own food to eat in your rehearsal room. Plenty of parking is available, there are bus and metro routes nearby, and if you’re staying overnight the accommodation is a 5 minute walk from the venue.
If you’d like to come and have a look around before applying, just let us know once you’ve registered.
Can you help me find musicians for my project?
You should bring together the musicians you need before you start the residency. During the residency you may find some musicians that you want to collaborate with amongst the participants, but those musicians also need to work on their own projects while they are here.
If I receive financial help, how does it work?
If we are covering accommodation or travel, we will pay for this up front so you don’t have to claim anything back. If you receive a bursary, you will need to send us an invoice for the full amount and it will be paid to you during the week of the residency. Full details of how this works will be sent to you if you receive a bursary.
What happens after Summer Studios?
All artists/bands receive ongoing support with their project and their career for around one year after the residency if they would like it. This will usually take the form of 3-4 meetings or Skype calls with someone from Sage Gateshead offering advice, as well as information by email on other opportunities.