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Sage Gateshead receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

Posted on 24 October 2020


We are delighted to announce that Sage Gateshead has been awarded £1.8 million from the Cultural Recovery Fund, and we are very grateful to Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for this support.

This grant will help to secure our charity through to March 2021, to offer music to audiences and communities through the winter, and to plan for culture to be at the heart of our region’s recovery.

We serve over 500,000 people each year, including 30,000 young people, 2,000 adults who attend one of our classes each week, and many people who are vulnerable or older. We create world class music for people across the North and are a national centre of excellence and inclusion. We know from what people have been telling us through the past 7 months that music and culture can play a meaningful role in recovery, and we intend to play our part in this.

This investment must now be combined with our significant, ongoing fundraising efforts, and we have already restructured our charity to reduce costs. The size of our grant illustrates the scale of challenge we are facing: we have lost £10 million in income this year.

We still need to raise £700,000 this year to secure our charity and our work; thank you to everyone who has already supported our Crisis, Recovery and Renaissance campaign. If you are able to make a donation, please consider doing so – every penny counts. Find out more and donate here.

We are determined to deliver real benefit for our communities through live music, creative learning, music education, and support of artists. By donating you will be helping us to do all of this, whilst also safeguarding Sage Gateshead.