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When you live in the North-East of England you can see why the saying, “Sun’s out, artist development fun’s out”, is such a common saying. The region has really got behind musicians as of late and as a result the music scene is bouncing. 

One of the organisations leading the way with its nurturing touch is The Sage in Gateshead, which continues with its PRS endorsed programme of talent development with Summer Studios. Run in association with ourselves (that’s NARC Magazine for people unsure what website they are on), the project provides opportunities for some of the UK’s best and brightest from across the genre spectrum. 

Summer Studios is a free, week-long residency for music creators to be able to produce new work or prepare for a performance. Throughout the week, musicians have access to rehearsal studios and other world class facilities; the opportunity for a professional photoshoot and the chance to create a promotional film; as well as one-to-one sessions and clinics with industry experts. This year’s successful applicants include indie legends Frankie & the Heartstrings, alt-pop act Martha Hill, creative musician John Pope, Leeds/Sheffield-based synth-jazz four-piece Beyond Albedo, black feminist punk band Big Joanie, Scottish guitarist and composer Dorian Cloudsley and Essex singer-songwriter M G Boulter.

Last year’s musicians included The Futurehead’s Ross Millard, who took the opportunity to work on some of his own music and Talk Like Tigers whose music career is currently at a high with a forthcoming new single and gigs booked. This year Newcastle-based musician Martha Hill and improviser and composer John Pope are among some of the regional talent to have been selected for this year’s project.

Martha said: “I am excited to have an entire week dedicated to developing my music within an establishment like Sage Gateshead. I am really looking forward to learning from the industry and other artists, as well as having the time set aside to work on new music.”

And for John Pope, “The opportunity to dedicate some serious time to new creative ventures, surrounded by like-minded musicians and supported by Sage Gateshead is a huge benefit to any artist trying to make dynamic new work in this era of challenges and austerity.”

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