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News Read the latest Press Releases and be the first to hear about upcoming artists, live music and performances at Sage Gateshead. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Tyneside music organisation Sage Gateshead and their close ally Sage Group Plc have today announced a new chapter in their decade-long relationship with a major package of support from the Newcastle-based finance software company for the music charity.

The £1.1m support comes as Sage Gateshead’s 10th Birthday Appeal draws to a close, and is a major boost in the creation of a new endowment that will help sustain the music performance and education programme run by Sage Gateshead. This support brings the total endowment raised during the Appeal, which has also benefited from match funding from Arts Council England’s Catalyst programme, to £5.2m.

Originally named by Sage Group and first opening its doors in December 2004, Sage Gateshead has had an indelibly positive effect on the cultural life of the region. A dizzying array of artists including Debbie Harry, James Brown, Nick Cave and Sting have performed inside its stunning halls, which are also home to the celebrated Royal Northern Sinfonia. The venue’s charitable and educational work has seen tens of thousands of local people become involved in music performance and learning. Now, as it enters its second decade, this renewed and generous support from its founder partner means Sage Gateshead can go on to enrich many more people’s lives through music.

Sage Group, another North East success story, is headquartered in Newcastle Upon Tyne and has grown to become the world’s third largest supplier of enterprise resource planning software and the largest supplier to small businesses, with over 6 million customers worldwide.

Stephen Kelly, CEO of Sage Group, who joined Abigail Pogson, the new Managing Director of Sage Gateshead, on the iconic roof of Sage Gateshead to mark the announcement, said:
‘Sage Gateshead’s work is an inspiration and our relationship with the venue is of enormous value to the North-East community. We are so proud of our involvement in naming the building ten years ago, and the fantastic reputation that Sage Gateshead has developed. I am delighted to further Sage’s commitment to Sage Gateshead as the celebration of the very best of the North East’s cultural offering’.

Abigail Pogson, who took up her post as Managing Director of Sage Gateshead in May 2015, warmly welcomed the support, saying: ‘This is the most fantastic news. We are so pleased that our relationship with Sage Group remains as strong as ever and continues to grow. This new investment in our future, ten years after the company named our building, is the strongest endorsement that we could wish for from a company that is both local and global. I am so grateful to Sage Group, and to all the supporters of the 10th Birthday Appeal, who have enabled us to create a major new endowment that will support our work for years into the future’.

The news was also welcomed by Arts Council England. Sir Peter Bazalgette and Lord Falconer, the Chairmen of Arts Council England and Sage Gateshead respectively. Sir Peter Bazalgette said:
‘This is a brilliant coming together of two great North East success stories, a great arts company and a major corporate player who share a long-term commitment to their local community and to providing great cultural opportunities. I am so thrilled to see this partnership continue to flourish, and am grateful that Sage Group is making this contribution to the endowment appeal which will help sustain Sage Gateshead for years to come.

‘Arts and culture in this country thrives when it is supported by a mix of funding from different sources – public and private – and the Catalyst scheme is one of the ways we are helping arts and cultural organisations to diversify their income streams and become more resilient.’

Lord Falconer thanked both Sage Group and Arts Council England, saying:
‘The combination of Sage Group’s commitment and generosity, along with Arts Council England’s match funding, are helping to ensure the good health of Sage Gateshead. I am enormously grateful to both, who continue to play a crucial part in our success and our future’.

Cllr Mick Henry, Leader of Gateshead Council, also celebrated the news:
‘I’m thrilled that Sage Group have reaffirmed their support for our great music venue. It’s won recognition around the world, for its stunning architecture and impressive programme. The fact that Sage Group invested at the very beginning, showing ambition and vision for what could be achieved, and have done so again now, gives us all real confidence for the future’.