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Funding almost in place for incredible new live music venue

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 12 June 2020 16:03

Funding almost in place for incredible new live music venue

Plans are almost complete for Gloucestershire to have a brand new, inclusive music venue and recording studio for the county’s young people. 

The Music Works, a charity based in Cheltenham, has already raised nearly £1m towards the new development with the hope of being able to open the building to the public in early 2021.

Paddy Dillon Architect, whose clients have included RADA, Tate Modern and the Imperial War Museum, has produced drawising for the scheme (see below).

Now, in a final push to secure the last of the required funds, they’ve launched an online crowdfunding campaign – with one month (until 15 July) to try and raise £20,000, which is where you can help. 

(All The Music Works pictures courtesy of Paddy Dillon Architect)

The money raised will go towards the total renovation of one floor of King’s House, in the heart of Gloucester. 

When finished, the Music Hub will have its own event space, two recording studios, two production suites, practice spaces and a sensory music room – all equipped with top of the range music technology.

A statement by those at the heart of the project said the hub would become “an iconic destination, shaped by the community, where young people can take part, be supported, inspired, empowered and learn to make positive choices in their lives. 

“It will focus on young people living in challenging circumstances and will have specialist equipment and a sensory music room so that all young people can make their own music.” 

The aim is for the Hub to engage 1,000 young people a year, helping them to develop their passion for music, their creative and performance skills, and supporting their career paths, in whatever form they take 

Malaki Patterson, creative director at The Music Works, said: “Being born and growing up in Gloucester I have noticed first-hand the lack of creative opportunities and progression routes there are for young people. 

“Myself and The Music Works have been aspiring to bring an inclusive music hub to Gloucester for five years. We have spoken to thousands of young people and we know the difference it will make to them, and the aspirations it will raise in the city.”  

A statement from one of the young people interviewed by The Music Works, said: “It’s a really good idea, I think it’s fantastic for Gloucester and the surrounding area. 

“It’s good for including people – whetherthey’ve got learning disabilities, physical disabilities, or if theydont have any disabilities! 

“This will bring people together…It will be really good if I can find somewhere like this to go to and I’ve got help to access and produce my own music. 

(All The Music Works pictures courtesy of Paddy Dillon Architect)

“Not a lot of places are accessible in Gloucester, so I think when it gets built it’s gonna be a really good opportunity that you can go to.”  

“I think having a hub, a big music studio, where everyone can just drop in, use the facilities, meet new people, collaborate as well – will be a great thing for the area.”  

The Music Works hopes this crowdfunding effort will help close the final gap in funding. If successful, the new venue could be open as early as January 2021. 

To join the crowdfunding effort and get access to rewards including VIP passes to King’s Jam Festival and recording sessions in the new studio visit The Music Hub.

The Music Works Many young people miss out on music-making, whether due to economic barriers, life circumstances or behavioural difficulties. In some cases they miss out simply because what’s on offer doesn’t take into account their musical interests and aspirations. We want to put that right.
Our vision is for all children and young people in the county – particularly those facing barriers in music, learning and life – to be able to realise their potential through music, and improve their life chances. Our mission is to engage young people through music and creativity, build confidence, self-belief and motivation, and so empower them to reach their potential.