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We’re offering young women aged 16-25 the opportunity to develop their artistic skills on our five day Both Sides Now residency – She Creates – in partnership with Z-arts this May.

During the week, you’ll get an overview of everything it takes to be an artist and move forward with your own music, learning from inspirational women who will lead masterclasses in songwriting, music production, DJ skills, music industry insights, and studio engineering.

What to expect

The week will focus on the creation of brand new material, inspired by a series of masterclasses that will explore different elements of the creative process:

Tue 28 May – Songwriting – Led by Charlotte Barber

Wed 29 May – Production – Led by Poppy Roberts

Thu 30 May – Studio Recording – Led by Helen K

Fri 31 May – Mixing & Mastering – Led by Sara De Clara

The days will be split into two slots to accommodate for beginner and advanced level musicians. The beginner sessions will take place between 1.30-4.30pm, followed by the advanced sessions between 5.30-8.30pm.

Then on Sat 1 Jun (12-5pm) there will be a Music Industry Insights day for all participants, featuring a lineup of industry professionals who will touch base on how to release your music, build a following and engage a fanbase. This will be followed by a Listening Party and mixer event to play back the material that’s been created during the week.

How to take part

To apply you should be:

  • 16-25 years old
  • A female musician
  • Based in Greater Manchester
  • Interested in music and want to learn new skills OR already make music and want to hone your skills and take next steps
  • Available between Tue 28 May – Fri 31 May (1.30-4.30pm for beginners, or 5.30-8.30pm for advanced) AND for the Music Industry Insights day on Sat 1 Jun (12-5pm)

We use an inclusive definition of ‘women’ and ‘female’, welcoming participants who may identify as non-binary, cis-gendered, or trans.

Application info

To apply, please complete a short online application* no later than 12pm, Mon 6 May.


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

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.

This opportunity is part of Both Sides Now – our groundbreaking initiative to support, inspire and support women in music across the North of England.