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Latest News The Beat Goes On – Exciting Future Ahead for The Drum

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The Beat Goes On – Exciting Future Ahead for The Drum

July 4th, 2014 9:17 am

The Drum is delighted to announce the confirmation of our status as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) for another three years, and have taken another step to securing Strategic Funding for our amazing Raising The Roof campaign!

As an NPO, The Drum will continue to receive Arts Council funding up until 2018, allowing us to continue to nurture young talent through our YGB activities, support local artists and engage communities through our arts outreach programmes, and continue to programme professional international touring work in Music, Theatre, Comedy, Literature, Dance, Film and Visual Arts. Prime Minister David Cameron himself endorsed the work we do and wished us the very best for the future when he visited The Drum recently, and the Arts Council’s backing further acknowledges our vital role as the UK’s premier intercultural arts centre.

Even more excitingly, The Drum has made it to Stage Two of Strategic Funding to assist with our ambitious Raising The Roof programme.

Raising The Roof will redesign and upgrade our venue, facilities and equipment to state-of-the-art standards, including…

“Raising The Roof” to increase the capacity of the Auditorium by 30%; seating from 350 to 478 and standing from 750 to 1000
• Renewing and refurbishing all spaces, mechanical and electrical equipment, including a new lift, to improve accessibility and usage
• Improving and upgrading our services and facilities for young people working in Digital Arts, Dance, and Drama

“It is with very great pleasure that we can announce today that The Drum has been awarded NPO status by Arts Council England. This will facilitate the long term sustainability of The Drum, and allow us to offer an outstanding programme of international performing arts within the heart of the local community.”Professor Mick Durman, Acting Chair of The Drum

“To again be recognised by the Arts Council as an NPO is a fantastic tribute to the work of the staff, the talents of the many and varied artists who perform, and the support of all those who visit The Drum, as we move forward in providing premiere art and culture in the heart of the community.”Sharon Palmer MBE, Drum Trustee

“We are delighted to once again be selected by Arts Council England as an NPO, and will continue bringing our audiences and community great arts. We are also thrilled about the Stage One Pass, bringing us closer to actualising Raising The Roof and transforming The Drum into an all-purpose arts centre for the future.” – Charles Small, CEO of The Drum

The Drum thanks everyone who has helped make this great news possible, and especially our dedicated audiences, whose support proved the need and demand for us to provide excellent art and culture opportunities.

To learn more about Raising The Roof, and to get involved with our plans for the future, follow the link!