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North-East music and digital sector support agency Generator have today announced that BBC 6 Music presenter, punk-era pop star and LGBT rights activist, Tom Robinson, will be joining them as an official patron. The artist (who penned such hits as 2-4-6-8 Motorway” and Glad to Be Gay) and one of the founding fathers of BBC Introducing, will work to raise Generator’s profile on a regional and national level, as well as create new opportunities in talent development for emerging artists in the North-East. It’s a prospect that Tom is looking forward to…

“I’ve long been an admirer of Generator’s exceptional support for new and emerging artists across the North East. Their talent development programmes and the opportunities created for musicians are outstanding. It’s an absolute honour to take up the position of Patron for Generator – their tireless work over the years and their relationship with the local music community is unique in my experience. 

“Musically the region has always punched above its weight over the years, producing a stream of consistently innovative artists across the genres and generations. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have this chance of becoming a part of this story, and helping this pool of extraordinary talent reach the wider audience it deserves.”

The organisation who celebrates their 30th anniversary this year, also unveiled that the current Senior Vice President of the global IT giant Atos (and local music fan), David Haley, will be the new chairman of the board.

Reacting to his recent appointment as Chairman of the new-look Generator board, David Haley, said…

“The need to support the music sector in the North East has never been greater. If you needed to know how important the creative and music sector is to us here in the North East, then just look at the impact that 2020 had on all our lives.

“Along with our partners, Generator is superbly positioned to drive the growth and support of music in the region. To have the honour of being the Chair of this great organisation along with its superb board and hugely talented team is a dream come true.”

David Haley

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