Both Sides Now: Beth Orton in Leeds – closed

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Both Sides Now: Beth Orton in Leeds – closed

We’re offering female music makers the opportunity to work with award-winning and internationally renowned artist Beth Orton on a week-long songwriting residency.

Over five days, successful participants will get a unique insight into Beth’s creative processes and collaborate to create new music that will be premiered on the opening night of Sounds Like THIS festival in Leeds.

Who can apply

This residency is for women aged 18+ from Yorkshire and the Humber who are in the early stages of their careers. We use an inclusive definition of ‘women’ and ‘female’, welcoming participants who may identify as non-binary, cis-gendered, or trans.

Whether you predominately write on more traditional electric or acoustic instruments, are an electronic instrumentalist who would like experience writing with lyrical songwriters, or are a spoken word artist curious about putting something to music – writers of all worlds, genres and styles are welcome to apply.

Where and when

Thu 7 Mar – Mon 11 Mar at Leeds College of Music.

Participants must be available for all dates.

What to expect

“This residency is about inspiring and encouraging you to further your songwriting through collaboration with each other. Together we’ll work on unfinished song ideas  – songs that you might be stuck on, or want to gain new perspectives on. From lyrics to arrangement to editing, I’ll be pushing and suggesting every step of the way. I will ask a lot of you at times but you can ask just about anything of me in return. I hope I’ll be able to help you draw back the curtains on your own creative processes.” – Beth Orton

During the week, Beth will be supported by DJ, producer and electronic artist AFRODEUTSCHE.

This opportunity is part of Both Sides Now – our groundbreaking initiative to support, inspire and support women in music across the North of England. As an ambassador for the programme, Beth has worked closely with us as a residency leader, speaker and advocate.

Apply online here*

We recommend downloading a sample application form (for reference only) before you begin your online application.

Deadline: Monday 14 January, midnight

Successful participants will receive £20 per day to help towards the cost of travel and food.

A limited number of bursaries are also available for artists who require additional support with access, travel or accommodation (e.g. you live in an isolated rural area and have no means of daily transport to and from Leeds). Please express your interest by completing the relevant question in the application form.

For more information about the project please contact Lucy Scott at or 0161 830 3899.

*We’re committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you require the application in a different format or have difficulty completing your application online, please call us to discuss alternative options on 0161 830 3899.

About Beth Orton

Beth Orton is one of the most unique and beguiling voices in British music. Over two decades she has proved herself to be a peerless artist able to effortlessly bridge the previously unseen musical gaps between the Chemical Brothers and Bert Jansch. Pairing her inimitable voice to a synthesis of electronic and acoustic instruments, Beth started out as both an outlier for the nascent UK folk revival and a one of the few recognisable faces at the forefront of the mid ’90s dance scene. She earned a Mercury nomination with her first album ‘Trailer Park’ and won the Brit Award for Best British Female Artist with the follow up, ‘Central Reservation’.  

Throughout her career, Beth has consistently challenged perceptions of her music – both as a solo artist and in collaboration with musicians and producers as diverse as Four Tet, Terry Callier, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Marr and Nick Cave. Her stunning sixth album ‘Kidsticks’ was co-produced with Andrew Hung of experimental electronic noise band Fuck Buttons. Hailed as a triumph, it was described by Music OMH as “comfortably among the best things she’s ever done. A delightful return.”


Afrodeutsche is a British born Ghanaian/Russian/German composer, producer and DJ based in Manchester. Her productions cross a wide range of styles including classical solo piano, techno, house and electro. She holds a monthly radio show on the reputable NTS, featuring her own productions, ranging from dark electro to breaks and jacking house.