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Cosy up by the fire for our upcoming Winter Songwriting Residency!

We are pleased to announce our Generator Winter Songwriting Residency for emerging artists and music creators across the North East! 

The residency will be delivered online and facilitated by musician, songwriter and cultural producer Jennie Brewis, and will focus on developing the songwriting skills and professional practices of 8 artists by exploring writing across different genres, working to briefs and collaborating/co-writing.  

This is an 8-week programme commencing on Thursday 14th January, with a half term break on 18th February. Participants must be available:

  • 14th, 21st, 28th Jan
  • 4th, 11th, 25th Feb
  • 4th, 11th March 

The Residency will consist of 8 sessions, taking place every Thursday evening from 6-8pm, commencing Thursday 14th January, featuring guest speakers including Jordan Miller, Kema Kay, and Martha Hill, with more speakers to be announced over the coming weeksParticipants must be able to commit to all sessions. 

Participants can also attend individual feedback and advice sessions with Jennie – this will be planned as and when suitable for each participant

This Residency involves…

  • Emphasis on collaboration and peer development 
  • Masterclasses with industry professionals 
  • One to one mentoring with Jennie Brewis 

Themes that will be covered…

  • Song analysis and magpie-ing 
  • Ways into collaboration and working with a producer
  • Arranging 
  • Composition techniques 
  • Writing to a brief 

Applications are now open. Apply now.

Applications close on Thursday 10th December.

In line with our Keychange Pledge, participants, event facilitators and guest speakers will be minimum 50% female and gender minorities.


Speakers & Facilitators


Jennie Brewis

Jennie Brewis is a musician, songwriter and cultural producer. She is a co-founding member of The Cornshed Sisters, whose two albums (released on Memphis Industries) fuse together pop, folk, protest, ballad and gospel into their own unique style. As well as gaining widespread radio-play for their singles, (including Elton John’s Rocket Hour) The Cornshed Sisters have played live sessions on BBC 6 Music, Radio 4, BBC Television and on Glastonbury Festival’s acoustic stage.

As well as supporting Elbow they have toured the UK with The Futureheads and Slug and are currently recording their third album. Jennie has lectured in music at Newcastle College and currently works as a project producer for New Writing North and as a Pop Choir Project leader.


Jordan Miller

Jordan is a self taught musician/producer/recording engineer and songwriter in electro-funk pop band ‘Vandebilt’. He run’s Motorhouse Studios in Sunderland and has worked with artists including The Lake Poets, YVA, Lilliput, Hyde & Beast and The Futureheads. After leaving his job as a music lecturer in 2017, Jordan has gone on to tour the UK, Europe and recently produced a record in the South of France.


Kema Kay

Kema Sikazwe, also known as Kema Kay, was brought up in the west-end of Newcastle. Kema came from a musical background with a passion for rap, singing & songwriting which he developed in a local youth project where he spent most of his time as a teen. He’s performed almost everywhere in Newcastle as well as headling his show at the O2 Academy in 2018.  

It wasn’t until his early 20s he became interested in acting and went on to land a main role in BAFTA, BIFA Palme D’or award winning film I Daniel Blake and Lady Macbeth. This led to an interest with major agencies across the UK ending up with representation by United Agents. Eager to learn and built his craft, he attended Live Theatre regularly, becoming an Associate Artist there in 2017. He went on to write his sold out debut show, Shine, which played at Live Theatre Newcastle & toured to Edinburgh & received raving 4 star reviews in 2019. 


Martha Hill

Northern musician Martha Hill makes alt-pop that is both hard hitting and catchy as hell.
After being tipped as one of BBC Introducing’s “ones to watch”, followed by a feature on Jools Holland, northern musician Martha Hill is one of the most exciting emerging artists of 2020. With the help of the Do It Differently fund, she self released her second EP “Summer Up North” in October, having working remotely during lockdown with producer Julien Flew via Zoom to create it. The first two singles from the EP, “Grilled Cheese” and “Lanslide” were playlisted on BBC6music, with “Grilled Cheese” also being named BC Introducing’s “track of the week” and receiving a week of airtime on Radio 1.
Martha Hill left her home on the west coast of Scotland aged 17 to busk her way around Europe, before settling down in Newcastle and throwing herself into the UK music scene. Based in Newcastle, Martha Hill writes left-field pop that is both hard-hitting and catchy as hell. An energy of husky vocals and melodic hooks, her introspective storytelling delivers socially conscious themes over a backdrop of guitars, cellos and synths, thriving in reinvention and fusion.

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