We’re delighted to confirm that we’ve been awarded a £128,000 Capital Kickstart grant as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund – enabling us to push forward with the development of our inclusive community music hub in Gloucester, despite the financial challenge caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

The Music Works is one of 74 organisations receiving grants totalling £58.9 million today. The Capital Kickstart grants programme helps organisations cover costs added to capital projects such as building works, refurbishments, and large-scale equipment purchases by pandemic-related delays or fundraising shortfalls. 

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.

 

The Hub will be an iconic destination, shaped by the community, made especially for and with young people. 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.

Today, DCMS also announces that £165 million from the Culture Recovery Fund has been offered in repayable loans to help 11 major cultural organisations survive the loss of income caused by the crisis. This follows previous rounds of the Culture Recovery Fund, including the Grants programme which distributed £428 million to over 2,000 cultural organisations across the country, and the £3.36 million Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund.

Music Works CEO Deborah Potts said “Thanks to this support in unprecedented times, we have been able to begin the build of our inclusive music hub in Gloucester. It will be a place where young people can take part, be supported, inspired, empowered and learn to make positive choices in their lives.”

MP for Gloucester Richard Graham said:
“Absolutely delighted the Gloucester based charity The Music Works has been awarded £128,000 as part of the government’s Cultural Recovery programme. Alongside their own fund raising of over a million pounds this will help their new base in Kings House and their work to transform lives through music. The Music Works is a key part of the cultural growth of Gloucester City Centre – and the government’s support for that is especially welcome.”

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
“This government promised it would be here for culture and today’s announcement is proof we’ve kept our word. 

“The £1 billion invested so far through the Culture Recovery Fund has protected tens of thousands of jobs at cultural organisations across the UK, with more support still to come through a second round of applications.

“Today we’re extending a huge helping hand to the crown jewels of UK culture – so that they can continue to inspire future generations all around the world.” 

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England said:
“Today’s announcement is another vital step in securing the future of England’s cultural sector. Supporting capital projects will help to ensure that we maintain an innovative, sustainable cultural infrastructure that supports world class creative work, while the loans announced today will enable some of our largest and most prestigious cultural organisations to weather the effects of Covid-19 and reopen when it is safe to do so. The Arts Council is grateful to the Government for their support through the Culture Recovery Fund, and we are proud to support all the organisations receiving funding today.”