Major sponsor deal for music talent show

Blacks managing partner Chris Allen with MME department solicitor Pete Bott and partner Asad Ali.
Blacks managing partner Chris Allen with MME department solicitor Pete Bott and partner Asad Ali.

Martin House children’s hospice in Clifford, near Boston Spa, has announced its latest major corporate sponsor who will be supporting the charity over the next 12 months, culminating in its music competition, Centre Stage 2013.

Leeds-based Blacks solicitors’ has supported Martin House through a number of fundraising events and initiatives, including its annual involvement in the hospice’s Leeds Dragon Boat Race.

Over the past three years, Blacks has raised more than £6,700 for the hospice which provides care to children and young people with life threatening and life limiting illnesses and their families.

The firm played a key role in supporting this year’s final of Centre Stage, an annual fundraising music competition hosted by the hospice to showcase the talent of Yorkshire bands and musicians.

The event, which took place at the Leeds O2 Academy, was attended by 1,300 music fans and raised £20,000 on the night, making the total raised this year more than £40,000.

Judges included Mike Heaton of Embrace, Matt Bowman of Pigeon Detectives and Ross Jarman of The Cribs, whilst the winning band, Glassbody, won a slot at this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals.

Following the success of the sponsorship of this event, Blacks’ music, media and entertainment department, which provides legal support to professionals in the music and entertainment industry, decided to provide a year-long sponsorship to Martin House along with other companies, acting as the exclusive solicitor sponsors of Centre Stage 2013.

Blacks’ partner Asad Ali is a former DJ whilst solicitor, Peter Bott, is a well-known local musician.

Once signed to 679/Warner Records, Pete is the front-man of electro-pop band, Heads We Dance.

Peter said the MME department’s involvement in Centre Stage is an exciting initiative for the team to be involved in.

Peter said of the new partnership with Martin House: “We are thrilled to be supporting Martin House for the next year.

“It’s an incredible facility which helps so many of the region’s families.

“Giving something back to the community is so important to us all at Blacks and what better way to make a difference than by going into partnership with one of the region’s most deserved charities.

“Our MME department provides a wealth of legal support to regional bands, musicians and record labels so our involvement in the Centre Stage competition this year and the next is a brilliant way to showcase our services whilst supporting an excellent cause.”

Sarah Smith, senior fundraiser at Martin House, said: “We are extremely grateful to Blacks for its ongoing support to Martin House.

“Centre Stage in particular has been a phenomenal achievement in terms of the fundraising, profile and credibility achieved for our Hospice.

“Now in our third year, we feel that we need to really embrace sponsor relationships to maximise both our fundraising and exposure. Having Blacks on board is a stunning example of this, thank you to all!”