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A bit of support is always nice, especially for musicians trying to succeed in the vast and perplexing industry of music during a pandemic. Offering this helping hand is Sage Gateshead (a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner in association with Youth Music) who have just announced four new Artists In Residence for 2021-22. The artists will be working on various projects that will culminate in new recordings and productions in 2022.

Selected from a top notch pool of applicants were the exciting talents of alt-pop storyteller Martha Hill, gritty rapper Sagaboi, singer-songwriter, performer, producer, musical director and sound designer Beccy Owen and composer, activist and progressive music teacher Hannabiell Saunders. During their residency they will have access to funding, investment in a creative project of their choosing, a residential retreat, rehearsal space, one to one advice and support, and a concert at Sage Gateshead at the end of the residency.

Abigail Pogson, Managing Director at Sage Gateshead, adds “The last 18 months have been immensely challenging for independent and emerging musicians. We’ve worked hard to be here for artists and provide opportunities and practical support.

We are thrilled by the response we received to our recruitment for Artists In Residence and are delighted to be working with four artists who showcase the diverse creativity of our region.

It is fantastic to establish new creative relationships and look to the future. Welcome Martha Hill, Beccy Owen, Sågaboi and Hannabiell Sanders to Sage Gateshead.”

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