New year, new look for The Forum Music Centre after venue receives National Lottery grant

The Forum Music Centre will be getting a new look for the new year, after the venue received a grant from the National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund.

The £9,990 grant from the National Lottery will be used to upgrade the band rehearsal space and community rooms.

Allison McKay, Managing Director at The Forum Music Centre, said: : “As well as being band rehearsal rooms, our spaces are busy during the daytime for various training courses for the unemployed and community group meetings, leading them to look very tired.

“The funding from the National Lottery and the fantastic support from our community and local companies means that we can spend money on improving our facilities for the people who use them.

“This will include an equipment upgrade, which will really improve the rehearsing experience for our visiting musicians.”

In addition to the grant, a number of local businesses have pledged their support to help with the makeover, including Glenwood Paint Supplies, Franks Factory Flooring and Absolute Floor Restore.

The Forum Music Centre has also received pledges from R&D Tax Consultant, Ron Raison and Darlington Building Society, which will enable the venue to purchase new equipment for the recording studio and rehearsal rooms.

Colin Fyfe, Chief Executive of Darlington Building Society, said: “We are delighted to be supporting The Forum in making a real difference to the community.

“There are some exciting developments for the centre in the New Year, and we are pleased to be able to play a part in developing the fantastic facilities for the good of the local people.

“Our contribution comes from our pledge to give 5% of our net profits after tax to our community.”

For further details about The Forum Music Centre and its rehearsal rooms, visit their website.

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David Wriglesworth
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