A MIX of musicians from all over the UK are taking part in Sage Gateshead’s flagship artist development programme Summer Studios to work on new material, learn from industry experts and develop their practice with the world-class concert hall.

Sage Gateshead’s Summer Studios are free, week-long residencies in August for musicians, producers, rappers and singers of all genres to be able to create new work, develop their practice or prepare for a performance.

Jay Moussa-Mann, an idiosyncratic songwriter whose songs draw on myriad sources – modern anxieties, her faith and her Turkish-Cypriot background, is one of this year's residents.

Residents will be able to attend one-to-one sessions and clinics with music industry professionals, as well as online workshops on industry-relevant topics such as stage presence, approaching promoters, writing funding bids, songwriting, PR and management. This year’s sessions feature professionals from Sony Music, NARC Magazine, Wipe Out Music Publishing, Singing Light Music and PolyArts Management amongst others.

Participants also have the option to have a professional photoshoot and film a live session of one of their songs.

As part of Sage Gateshead’s ongoing commitment to artist development and inclusion, it has worked in conjunction with Youth Music-funded partner organisations who have nominated three additional artists aged 18-25 to take part in Summer Studios this year, for the first time.

This year’s Summer Studios continue until August 16.

To find out more about this year’s Summer Studios residents, visit sagegateshead.com/artist-development/summer-studio.