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Champions of the Sunderland music scene, The Bunker & Independent are launching their new Sunderland Summer Sessions project, aimed at providing support and guidance to musicians from Wearside and beyond, through a month-long residency based at The Bunker studios.

Local artists who are selected to take part will receive over 30 hours of free rehearsal and recording time, as well as support from industry professionals and experienced musicians to develop their songwriting, live performance skills, artist management assets (EPK’s, Tech Specs, One Sheets) and more. Artists will also receive a 3 track live sessions video and a new tech spec and editable template for future.

At the end of the residency, all artists will perform in a weekend of shows at Independent on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September, as well as having their music featured on a compilation album to be released on all streaming platforms.

Independent’s Ben Richardson explains “We’re really pleased to be partnering with The Bunker on this project, since moving into our joint office together last year we’ve been working closely alongside each other to support the work we both do in the city but this is the biggest and best project to date.”

Kenny Sanger, from The Bunker adds “We hope that the Summer Sessions project is something we can work on for years to come and hopefully this year’s activities will allow us to gain funding and further support to grow the initiative in future alongside developing other like-minded opportunities with the team at Independent.”

Applications for Sunderland Summer Sessions are open to artists around the North-East  until Friday 30th June at 5 pm. You can apply by filling out this short form here.

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