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What does it mean to be a female artist in 2019? Apply to take part in our latest Both Sides Now residency in Leeds this July…

Both Sides Now at Studio12 - applications closed
30th May 2019

What does it mean to be a female artist in 2019? Apply to take part in our latest Both Sides Now residency in Leeds this July…

We’re offering female singers, songwriters and instrumentalists aged 16-25 the opportunity to take part in a free five-day music residency in Leeds this July.

Part of Both Sides Now – our initiative set up to address the gender imbalance in the music industry in the North of England – this is an exciting time to join us as we continue to create change around the roles and representation of women in music.

What’s involved

Led by Leeds-based singer-songwriter Bianca Gerald with support from composer and producer Christella Litras, you’ll spend 5 days (Mon 22 – Fri 26 Jul) experimenting, improvising and collaborating with like-minded emerging artists to create new music.

You will also have opportunities to record and produce your work, with the week resulting in a special live performance at Leeds Central Library.

Delivered in partnership with Studio12, this is a unique opportunity to develop your songwriting and performance skills in a relaxed and supportive environment.

The theme

What does it mean to be a female artist in 2019?

This residency will explore themes of empowerment, artistic identity and authenticity for early career female musicians.

“We are living in a beautiful, exciting and progressive time of female empowerment. A time where our voices can be heard over our aesthetic or the preconceived notions and characteristics imposed upon us.

With legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin, India Arie and Jhené Aiko and writers such as Alice Walker and Maya Angelou as influences, I aim to create a space within the residency where we shed the pressures and materialistic aspects of society and begin to weave colours of a new world and a new future.”
Bianca Gerald

Application info

To take part you should be:

  • 16-25 years old
  • A female music creator
  • Based in Leeds or the surrounding areas
  • Available between Mon 22 Jul – Fri 26 Jul

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

“The residency has given me the confidence to pursue a career in the music industry, helped improve my collaboration skills and inspired me to work more with others. It has also introduced me to a new network of musicians, friends and collaborators.”
Previous Both Sides Now residency artist

If you’re interested in taking part please complete an online* application form by Monday 1 July, midnight.


We recommend downloading a sample application form for reference before submitting online.

If you have any questions or require more information 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.

Practical info

  • This residency will take place at Studio12, Leeds Central Library, Calverley St, Leeds LS1 3AB between Mon 22 – Fri 26 July
  • This is a free opportunity
  • Lunch will be provided each day
  • Travel bursaries are available to help you get to and from the residency – please tell us in your application if you would find this useful

About Bianca Gerald

A singer, writer and visionary – Bianca’s genre hops from Pop, R&B, Soul to Dance. She has toured the world as a backing vocalist for Heather Small, performed at the London Olympics 2012 and has been playlisted on BBC Radio. Bianca’s debut work ‘The Butterfly EP’ was released in 2014 and her follow up EP ‘Feelings’ is garnering industry support, with Alan Raw naming her as one of BBC Introducing’s 2019 ‘Ones To Watch’.


About Christella Listras

Christella ‘Stella’ Litras is a multi-talented musician, producer, composer, musical director and arranger based in Leeds, who lives and breathes music. An accomplished player of four instruments and experienced Youth Worker, Stella is also the Musical Director of Caution Collective.