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Sage Gateshead Receives £500,000 Boost From Stuart Halbert Foundation

Posted on 13 September 2013

Sage Gateshead has been given a £500,000 boost to its 10th Birthday Appeal by the Stuart Halbert Foundation.

The money will help the leading music centre continue to bring the best international musicians to the North East community as well as support new and emerging artists. It will also be used to build its international music education links and extend its urban arts training programme by bringing urban performers from across the world to Gateshead.

The Stuart Halbert Foundation was established in 2010 by private individuals within the Halbert family to commemorate the important role that Stuart Halbert played in the evolution of Kilfrost from a family business into a global de/anti-icing brand, and the support he gave to the people of the North East of England. The charitable fund is supported from a mix of private donations from the Halbert family trustees and from Kilfrost. Sage Gateshead is one of five charities in the North East to benefit from a share of £1.2 million announced by the Stuart Halbert Foundation at a celebratory event at Sage Gateshead yesterday (THURS).

Sage Gateshead’s 10th Birthday Appeal aims to raise £6 million for the organisation, which is a registered charity, and will capitalise on Arts Council England’s ‘Catalyst’ match funding scheme which makes every pound raised worth an additional 50p, generating £2 million of the £6 million target.

Anthony Sargent, General Director at Sage Gateshead, said: “Quite simply, our cherished relationship with the extraordinary Halbert family and their company Kilfrost has been of defining importance throughout Sage Gateshead’s development. We share so many values and beliefs about the critical importance of nourishing the cultural life of our region, and I am very proud and enormously grateful that the Stuart Halbert Foundation Trustees have decided to make this further very generous investment in our work.”

Gary Lydiate, Chair of Trustees at the Stuart Halbert Foundation and CEO of Kilfrost said: “Stuart Halbert was not only instrumental in the growth of Kilfrost, he was proud of his roots in the North East. This fund is in his memory and should serve the local community and beyond to help those that may be disadvantaged or who simply merit our support.

“As family trustees we are great believers in giving something back to the community, whether this is directly through our own involvement in projects or by supporting those who are best placed to help those in need.”

The Foundation has already provided valuable support to a number of causes since 2010, including Safe Homes and Kindness (SHAK), a charity aimed at helping mistreated or neglected dogs, Hexham Hospital, Operation Eyeball and Haltwhistle Community Campus Academy.

Lydiate continued: “This latest injection of funds takes the Foundation to another level in charitable giving. It is with great pleasure therefore that we can announce these donations and look forward to seeing the impact they have on improving the lives of the people and animals that they seek to help.”


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Sage Gateshead’s 10th Birthday Appeal
The Arts Council’s funding scheme (the Catalyst Endowment Scheme) is to help support the strong artistic work of the organisation. The Catalyst Endowment Scheme match funds private donations at a 2:1 ratio so that for every £1 donated, Sage Gateshead will benefit from an additional 50p in match funding from Arts Council England. This gives Sage Gateshead the opportunity to gain a maximum of £2 million in match funding providing it can meet the challenge of raising £4 million from private donations resulting in a new Endowment of £6 million.

The ambition of the new Catalyst Endowment is to drive and support the artistic programme beyond its current level, developing new, ambitious ideas and, in particular for Sage Gateshead, the growth of international relationships and collaborations including the creation of new international touring product, new commissions, supporting new emerging artists and international activity around learning and education.

Sage Gateshead’s Patrons, supporting the 10th Birthday Appeal are Sir Thomas Allen CBE, Paul Callaghan CBE DL, Lady Cowie, Jonathan Edwards CBE, Professor Peter Fidler, Lord Foster of Thames Bank, Howard Goodall CBE, Louise Halbert, Mark Knopfler OBE, Gary Lydiate, Lorin Maazel, The Rt Hon David Miliband, Sir Bob Murray CBE, Tony Pender CBE, Lord Puttnam of Queensgate, Nigel Sherlock OBE, Lord Shipley, John Squires OBE, Kathryn Tickell, Sir Peter Vardy DL.

Stuart Halbert Foundation
The step change in the Foundation’s charitable giving was announced at a celebratory event held at the Sage Gateshead on 12th September 2013. Key projects that will benefit from drawing down the funds over a three year period include (but are not limited to):

  • Sage Gateshead – will benefit from a total of £500,000 to enable even greater connections between its artistic programme and the community and people with which it works;
  • The Elderberries programme – will benefit from a total of £250,000. Elderberries is a new project based at the Alnwick Garden aimed at reducing isolation and loneliness among those aged 50 plus. Funding will be used to maintain and broaden the services available to the community;
  • Opera North – will benefit from a total of £150,000 to allow it to continue to invest in its work with communities;
  • Haltwhistle Community Campus – will benefit from a total of £100,000 to provide a firm foundation for its newly acquired Academy status; and
  • Durham based SSAFA – will benefit from a total of £25,000 to support members of the armed forces and their family members.

For more information on the Stuart Halbert Foundation and how to apply for funding, visit

About the Stuart Halbert Foundation
The Stuart Halbert Foundation was set up to commemorate the important role that Stuart Halbert played in the evolution of Kilfrost into a global business.
Not only was Stuart Halbert instrumental in the growth of Kilfrost, he was proud of his links in the North East, where he believed in a quiet philanthropic approach. This fund is in his memory and should serve to help those that may be disadvantaged or in need of support; not just in the local community but for those people and causes that merit support.

The Trustees of the Stuart Halbert Foundation meet regularly to assess all requests for support. The criteria are simple:

  1. Are there sufficient funds available?
  2. Does the request come under one of these four broad categories:
    a) People
    b) Animal welfare
    c) Armed forces
    d) Local community

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