Apply for Songwriting Masterclass with Bernard Butler

Emerging music and arts festival Tipping Point Live is offering the chance for a chosen artist to work on one of their compositions in a live masterclass with Brit-award winning producer Bernard Butler.

The festival is based in Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and the masterclass will take place at the Cluny on Saturday 22 June in front of a live audience.

To apply to work with Bernard at Tipping Point Live you must identify your composition and submit it in demo format here.

All submissions must be in demo format and not fully produced recordings.

A range of applicants will be invited along to learn from Bernard and the final composition will be recorded on the day and a copy provided to the chosen artist.

Bernard became one of Britain’s most influential guitarists as a member of Suede and has subsequently made records with acts like The Cribs, The Libertines, Paloma Faith and Kate Nash as a producer and guitarist.

Speaking about the masterclass, Bernard says: ‘We all come at this with no pedigree and no history. It will be a largely spontaneous 90-minute journey, setting questions and challenges in front of the writers, and posing the group a set of what-if’s around the song arrangement.

‘Creativity has been blessed by the infinite possibilities of technology, but what interests me most is what we can do with our limitations, our mistakes, and our human interaction. Creativity so often overlooks these powerful factors in the modern world. I will also be curious to see how an audience responds to the crude methods of creativity that make up a song arrangement.’

As well as leading the masterclass Bernard is also one of the festivals curators, alongside Nadine Shah, Maximo Park’s Paul Smith and Barry Hyde of The Futureheads.

The inaugural Tipping Point live takes place from 21 -22 June. For more information, please visit