Saturday, 9 January 2016

Manchester's Band on the Wall secures funding for expansion

Inner City Music, the charity that owns and operates Band on the Wall, in Manchester (a good friend and home to some fantastic jazz over the years) has won a bid for funding from the Arts Council England which could see it increase its capacity by 35 per cent to 500 people.

The venue owners said the project will also provide more learning and participation facilities for its education and charitable activities delivered through its partner charity Brighter Sound.

Inner City Music made a first stage capital bid application to Arts Council England and will now work on detailed plans for the estimated £2.5m project, for which they have been invited to submit in a stage two application within the next 18 months.

Gavin Sharp. CEO, Inner City Music said: “While we have a long way to go to secure the extension of Band on the Wall, this first stage of funding is crucial to allow us to develop our plans and we are very grateful to Arts Council England for its support.

“For the last six years we have successfully operated one of the UK’s oldest and most iconic small venues, maintaining our mission to present and showcase the best music from across the globe, with a clear focus on excellence. Our award winning programme is regularly held up as an example, as are our incredibly high production values.

From Manchester Evening News 7/1/16

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