Wiltshire Music Centre was originally founded as a place for young musicians to meet and rehearse. However, over the last 23 years the Centre’s role has grown exponentially to provide opportunities for live music to inspire, enrich and transform the lives of the whole community.
As a first-class concert hall, a community centre and creative hub, Wiltshire Music Centre plays an instrumental role in the well-being of more than 65,000 people a year, including audiences, artists, music teachers, pupils, participants, community groups and volunteers.
On 18th March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, the Centre was forced to close: concerts were postponed, projects paused and all activities at the Centre were cancelled until further notice. Not only did this put an abrupt end to community engagement with live music in the area, but it also posed a significant financial challenge for the Centre, with the loss of almost all earned income overnight.
Despite support through government schemes, tickets donations and an additional Retail and Hospitality grant from Wiltshire Council, during the last few months the Centre has made a substantial financial loss. The Centre’s full operating costs (excluding concert specific costs) are approximately £45,000 per month. As such, even with the prospect of further government support and further lockdown easing, there is still an enormous task ahead to ensure that Wiltshire Music Centre can reopen and reprise its vital role within the community.
Working with Wiltshire schools to define and deliver the additional support that they need for musical provision when students return.
Leading Phase 2 of the Celebrating Age Wiltshire partnership project, to support the wellbeing of isolated older people across the county.
Extending support for young learning-disabled adults through Zone Club monthly sessions and performance opportunities.
Throughout these challenging circumstances, we have seen how a creative response can help to restore social connections, empower and inspire us. Sharing the joy of live music has never been so important. - Maud Saint Sardos, Chief Executive
Please support our Community Fundraising Appeal, and help us raise £60,000 to put the community centre stage.
Whether you are able to make a personal donation, or could join our ‘community heroes’ in taking on an individual challenge to fundraise on our behalf (see below), anything that you are able to give or pledge at this time would be hugely appreciated. We are delighted to have received match funding of £10,000 from the Medlock Charitable Trust and via a combined personal pledge by the Trustees of Wiltshire Music Centre, helping to increase the value of your gift.
Skydive? Danceathon? Learn a new musical instrument? What could you do to support WMC?
We’re looking for community heroes to take on a personal challenge in aid of Wiltshire Music Centre, so that we can support our community in the challenging months ahead. We have had some amazing help from supporters running the Bath Half-marathon and more recently a Virtual 10K in support of the Centre. This time, you pick the challenge!
Let us know your ideas and get your goal ready - we'll be launching our Community Heroes Challenge via Just Giving on Friday 24th July. Have a think about what you might pledge to raise and we'll provide all the support you need on and offline to help you with your fundraising.
To find out more about how you can get involved, email: email@example.com