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Raising the Roof

Raising the Roof

March 17th, 2014 10:52 am

The Drum: Raising the Roof

In 2014, The Drum will be celebrating its 20 Year Anniversary. For two decades we have built a connection with the artists and community, celebrating the passion and spirit. We have developed in Music, Theatre, Dance, Comedy, Literature and Visual Arts. We’ve celebrated legends, welcomed celebrities, and helped hundreds of young artists discover their creativity.

We can’t wait to see what the next 20 years have in store … and with your help, we can make them even greater than the last!

To ensure you have the best performing and digital arts experiences, we have made an ambitious funding project – Raising the Roof, a £4.8 million plan to redesign and upgrade our venue, facilities and equipment.

Our main projects include …

  • Raising the Roof to build a balcony and enlarge our Auditorium, increasing seating from 350 to 478 and standing from 750 to 1000
  • Renewing and refurbishing all spaces, mechanical and electrical equipment to improve accessibility and usage
  • Improving and upgrading our services and facilities for young people working in Digital Arts, Dance, and Drama

… In addition to improved audio visual equipment, hospitality spaces, installing a new lift, and spectacular new live music performance spaces.

Our vision is for The Drum to be a major national arts centre, as well as a local community centre.

As with everything we do at The Drum, we can’t deliver our vision without your help and support. Every audience, supporter and friend of The Drum is key to making this dream a reality – and as someone who shares this vision, we hope you’ll consider making a donation!

Not only does each donation help our fundraising target of £500,000, it actually helps our case when we apply for funding from the Arts Council, trusts and foundations! Each donation proves the demand for The Drum to still be open in 20 years, and we would be proud to have your valuable support.

All our donors will be invited to an exclusive opening event in Summer 2017, and will receive special offers to enjoy our new programme.

To donate, and find out more about the project, just follow the link or fill out the form


Thank you for your support.

Charles Small
CEO – The Drum

  • Adaza Evelyn

    I hope it continues to stay a local community centre as the prices to hire an occasion room at the drum are so expensive locals tend to not use it. The re-furb will only see prices rocket I imagine

  • Louise Derrick

    I would really like AMA to have closer links with The Drum. We are so close in proximity and are keen to get involved with you. What education projects can we get involved with and how are you planning to encourage the younger audience.

    • The_Drum_Birmingham

      Hi Louise,

      Thank you for your interest in The Drum – for more information about our education work please contact the Head of Young People & Creative Learning Ruth Richardson on 0121 333 2431 or via email R.Richardson@the-drum.org.uk

      The Drum