Sage Gateshead’s popular Summer Studios are underway this month as they welcome musicians from the North East and beyond to their flagship artist residencies.
Over 170 musicians applied for one of 20 free residencies earlier this year. The successful applicants joining the Summer Studios 2021 line-up are Glor1a, Jules, Wax Heart Sodality, Ni Maxine, Nadedja, Ani Sandwith, Badger, Burd Ellen, Dilettante, Elisabeth Elektra, Honeyflux, Kate Halsall, Lyras, Major Ruse, Poor Moi, Sam Cave, Shelly Knotts, Simeon Walker, Taupe and Yaatri.
This year’s Summer Studios run until 15 August 2021.
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, providing a great kickstart or boost to a creative project. Summer Studios is for music creators from all genres and backgrounds, at any career stage.
The residencies provide musicians with a dedicated rehearsal studio and facilities 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.
Residents can attend workshops on industry-relevant topics such as approaching promoters, writing funding bids, stage presence, song writing, music publishing and management.This year’s workshops feature professionals from Sony Music, NARC Magazine, PRS Foundation, Bandcamp, Help Musicians, Somewhere Soul and BAPAM amongst others.
Summer Studios 2021 resident, Nadedja launched her solo music career in the UK in 2019. She combines her Brazilian roots with alt-pop and R&B influences. Nadeja has been awarded support from the esteemed Help Musicians ‘Do It Differently Fund’, as well as gaining national radio airplay on BBC Radio 6 and being shortlisted as a Fresh Fave on Tom Robinson’s ‘Fresh on the Net’ blog.
Nadedja said: “Summer Studios has been a wonderful experience all round! What an absolute dream it is to be able to go to a magical place like Sage Gateshead to make music, get to know other creatives from all over the country and learn from many incredible music experts. This week I’ve been writing new material for a brand-new project, rehearsing and preparing for an important recording session due to happen by the end of August and planning for a single release that is also happening by the end of this month. It’s all very exciting and being here has definitely helped a lot with getting in the zone and letting my creative mind flow.”
Nadedja, photo credit Ben Hughes
Rapper, singer-songwriter and spoken word artist Jules also joined this year’s residency. Her debut EP ‘Take Care of Yourself ‘, earned her radio support from Choice for Music UK, RTM.fm and CFMU (Canada), multiple semi-finalist positions in song writing competitions and festival slots at Camberwell Fair and Joy Ruckus Club 3. She is currently set to release her second EP later this summer.
Jules said: “It’s been amazing to be in a city I’ve never been to before and at Sage Gateshead; a wonderful place made for music! It’s awesome to hear music flowing from all the other residents, learn about topics that I felt were daunting and have a space that was dedicated to my own creative process, allowing me to work on some new demos for upcoming projects!”
Jules photo credit Ben Hughes
GLOR1A is a multidisciplinary artist, creating boundary-defying pop music, eccentric performances and technology-rich visual experiences. Inspired by sci-fi and mythology, GLOR1A uses her work to challenge the under-representation of people of colour in these genres. GLOR1A has been using the residency to write new music for her third EP ‘Dark Matter’ and create a unique live show which will tour in Autumn 2021.
Glor1a said: “Summer Studios have been like nothing else. I’ve never been on an artist residency and the environment that Sage Gateshead creates is nurturing, challenging and exciting. It provided me with the much-needed headspace and physical space to create a new stage show and new music to tour in 2021/22. I got invaluable feedback on our work and I’m excited to keep dreaming.”Jayne Dent (aka Me Lost Me) took part in Summer Studios last year and is still benefiting from the time spent during her residency. Jayne has since gone on to become one of four Artists in Residence at Sage Gateshead, selected from over 100 applicants from across the region, benefiting from access to funding, investment in a creative project and ongoing support.
“I had a fantastic time on the Summer Studios residency; probably one of the best experiences I have had as a professional musician. The meetings with industry experts were so useful; I learned so much about self-promotion, and feel more prepared as I embark upon the next stage of my career. The people who work at Sage Gateshead are really friendly; not only did I receive amazing support during the residency, but I am still benefiting from the scheme months later. I urge any musician (regardless of genre and background) to apply for this amazing opportunity.”
Emily Jones, Senior Producer at Sage Gateshead said:
“We’re delighted that so many artists are enjoying the benefits of the residency programme in person this year and we are sure that they will feel it has provided help, guidance and the space to create new work. Sage Gateshead is committed more than ever to supporting emerging and independent artists as they progress their careers.”
Summer Studios is part of Sage Gateshead’s Artist Development programme which supports artists to develop their careers in music. The programme includes one to one advice sessions, GP clinics, networking events and performance opportunities, as well as an annual Artist In Residence programme.
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