Tuesday 4th of August 2015
Sage Gateshead, a highly-popular concert hall which also acts as a centre for musical education, has recently secured a huge financial boost to its hopes of staying open for years to come. The venue, which lies on the south bank of the River Tyne, relies partly on public funding to operate, and had fallen into financial difficulties over recent years, partly due to a decrease in government funding for the arts. However, following a three-year fundraising campaign, venue officials have managed to meet Arts Council England’s challenge to raise £4 million by the end of July 2015. Consequently, the Sage has now secured an extra £2 million from the Catalyst Endowment Scheme.
Lord Falconer, chairman of Sage Gateshead, was quoted as saying: “Thank you to the Arts Council for giving us this opportunity to create a major source of sustainable income. And thank you to all those who have made it happen. It is simply brilliant to know that the community around Sage Gateshead – the businesses, philanthropists, our audience, and our artists – want to help us thrive. Our aim is for Sage Gateshead to play an ever-increasing role in the cultural life of the communities of the North East and this endowment will really help us to do that.”
Since opening in 2004, the Sage has played host to a plethora of internationally-renowned artists, including the likes of De La Soul, Blondie, Nancy Sinatra, Nick Cave, and Sting. The venue also regularly hosts community-oriented activities and events. For further information and a full programme of listings, visit the official website.