Field Music Studio Residency – closed

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Field Music Studio Residency – closed

Brighter Sound presents a very special five-day music studio residency with Mercury Prize-nominated and critically acclaimed band, Field Music.

Field Music brothers Peter and David Brewis will welcome ten emerging musicians and writers into their studio space in Sunderland from Monday 13 to Friday 17 November. Over five days they’ll explore the process of record-making, from writing the song, through to arrangement, engineering and production.

Successful applicants will work with Field Music, pulling apart and putting back together their own unfinished songs or loose ends, to create a distinct collaborative record.


Dubbed “Prince’s favourite pop duo” (Mojo), the esteemed Brewis brothers began making records as Field Music in 2005. With a Mercury Prize nomination for their 2012 album Plumb under their belt, Field Music have received critical acclaim for their distinct and adventurous approach to songwriting and collaboration. Alongside their five ‘proper’ album releases, they’ve recorded a collection of covers and B-sides, film scores and spin-off projects, The Week That Was and School of Language. Field Music have toured the world and worked with the likes of Slug, The Cornshed Sisters, Pea Sea, The Futureheads and Maximo Park. All of the brothers’ recordings have been made at their own studio space in Sunderland.

At some point, quite early on, we realised that no one was going to show us how to make the records we wanted to make – slowly and awkwardly we had to figure it out ourselves. I hope this project will be the kind of thing we needed back in 2001 – maybe a bit of inspiration, a few technical tips, a little kick up the arse and the fun of trying things out with a bunch of other musicians in a similar boat.” – David Brewis

Brighter Sound and Field Music are inviting applications from emerging musicians and writers of all genres who have an interest in record-making. We’re committed to greater cultural diversity and pluralism within our residencies and wider activity, and strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates. All applications are judged primarily on musical merit.

Application Process

Residency dates: Mon 13 – Fri 17 Nov 2017

Times: 10am – 4pm each day with possible extended evening sessions if required

Location: Field Music’s studio, Sunderland

Applicants must be:

  • aged 18 or over
  • from or based in the UK
  • available to attend all sessions in person in Sunderland

Each participant will receive expenses as follows:

  • travel to and from Sunderland (equivalent of one off-peak train fare)
  • accommodation in Sunderland (for four/five nights – Sun 12/Mon 13 – Fri 17 Nov)
  • £20 per diem

Applicants must apply online*, answering three questions related to their own experience, the contribution they will make to the residency, and their reasons for applying, as well as submitting an example of their own music and two unfinished songs or loose ends they would be willing for the group to work with collaboratively during the week. A sample application form is available to download for reference before submitting an online application:

Sample application form

Online application

Application deadline: Sun 8 Oct, midnight

*We are 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.

Successful applicants will be notified on or around Monday 16 October.

For more information about this project please contact Kate Lowes on or call 0161 830 3899.