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Sage Gateshead reaches £4 million fundraising target

Sage Gateshead promotes the learning and enjoyment of music

Sage Gateshead has reached a target set by Arts Council England by raising £4 million over three years, as part of its 10th Birthday Appeal.

Reaching the target means the organisation will receive an additional £2 million from Arts Council England as part of the Catalyst Endowment Scheme.

The £6 million total will be used as an endowment to support Sage Gateshead’s artistic work in music performance and education.

This is so important to our future and has been a huge community effort. Many hundreds of our audience members have named seats and made donations, and many people have taken on their own fundraising initiatives such as the 24 Hours of Folk music marathons and the players of Royal Northern Sinfonia with their Grade-One-A-Thon (taking Grade One exams on an instrument they had never played before). And of course we’ve had fantastic support from Sting through his benefit performances of ‘The Last Ship’ earlier this year and a fantastic contribution from our friends at Sage Group, alongside major donations from Dame Margaret Barbour, Sir Peter Vardy, the Stuart Halbert Foundation and Benfield Charitable Trust.

– Abigail Pogson, Managing Director of Sage Gateshead

This is great news. We’re lucky in this borough to have such strong cultural organisations, which are a huge asset to Gateshead. Ten years after it opened, Sage Gateshead has a real place in the heart of our community. The team there work with people from across our region, of all ages and backgrounds – from mums and babies to many of our elder citizens – all enjoying the many benefits that music can bring. The success of this Appeal will really help that continue.

– Councillor Mick Henry, Leader of Gateshead Council


Sage Gateshead to get an extra £1.1 million

The extra £1.1 million will help the Sage pay for education programmes and musical performances. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Sage Gateshead is to get an extra £1.1 million in funding.

The money will come from Sage Group, the major Newcastle-based software company, which has been supporting the music venue since it opened in 2004.

The cash will pay for education programmes and musical performances. The new money brings the total amount raised during the Sage's 10th birthday appeal to £5.2 million.

The Sage as seen from a vantage point in Newcastle. Credit: PA

The Sage to celebrate its 10th birthday

A view of the Sage alongside the Tyne Bridge at sunrise. Credit: PA
The Sage will celebrate its 10th birthday today with an evening of surprise performances. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
A view of the Newcastle Quayside from inside the Sage. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Sage Gateshead will celebrate its 10th birthday today with an evening of surprise performances.

The music venue on the banks of the Tyne first opened its doors on 17 December 2004.

Organisers of tonight's event say audience members will see the building, designed by architect Norman Foster, in a new light.


Choir of children to join Beverley Knight at Sage show

Beverley Knight Credit: PA

A choir of children from the region will join soul queen Beverley Knight for Sage Gateshead’s 10th Birthday Party.

This December, Sage Gateshead turns ten. Staff there will host a six-day long party from 16 to 21 December.

MOBO winner Beverley Knight will be joined on stage by a massed choir of ten year old children - all born in 2004, when the venue first opened. 100 boys and girls will take part.

Many primary schools are getting involved including Hadrian, Laygate, St John’s, Wingrove, Broadwood, Canning Street, Bridgewater, St Peter’s RC and Springwell Village.

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