Summer Studios are free, week-long residencies throughout August for musicians, producers, artists, rappers and singers of all genres to be able to create new work, develop their practice 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 2 August – 15 August 2021, offering dedicated rehearsal studio and facilities to artists for one week, as well as one-to-one sessions and clinics with music industry professionals. Participants also have the option to have a professional photoshoot and film a live session of one of their songs (watch the 2019 live sessions here). Residents will be able to attend workshops on industry-relevant topics such as approaching promoters, writing funding bids, stage presence, songwriting, music publishing and management. Last year’s workshops featured professionals from Sony Music, NARC Magazine, PRS Foundation and PolyArts Management amongst others.
This year’s Summer Studios will be a special ‘hybrid’ edition with some of the programme happening in-person and some online. Building on the success of the 2020 online residency, this means artists who can travel to Sage Gateshead are welcome to make use of our rehearsal facilities, while one-to-one sessions and clinics will take place via video call to ensure no-one misses out.
Summer Studios is for music creators from all genres and backgrounds, at any career stage. Previous residents have included Big Joanie, Ross Millard (The Futureheads), Frankie & the Heartstrings, Talk Like Tigers, Holly Clarke, Martha Hill and John Pope.