Soundproof Cobalt

We need to soundproof cobalt studios venue space and we are asking for your help please!

We did it!

On 19th Apr 2017 we successfully raised £10,196 of £9,000 target with 129 supporters in 35 days

New stretch target

 

We are delighted to have hit our initial target and very grateful that we still have some days left to hopefully hit our stretch target and perhaps even go beyond! The total cost of this work just keeps on growing ….the soundproofing is a fair wedge (see pictures on facebook for regular updates) but once the air is all sealed in its

going to be hot…so aircon comes IRO £6k, then the council want CCTV for the terms of the license, and we need t o know that we can run this as a proper social enterprise , so food is important and therefore os is a proper kitchen……plus t he scaffolding den gets to be rebuilt with steps and as we have gained a whole new corner we need to do something with it ….and  then there is the roller shutter , the rewire ….and on and on …pound after pound to a total of around 28k ! So all further donations go to help complete it  and reduce the amount we need to borrow….we are well on our way though …this is happening and the rewards are all still there for you to pick something nice from !

This project has been approved for funding through the Artists + The Crowd match funding. It has received a top up of 50% towards its fundraising target from Arts Council England.

We need to soundproof cobalt studios venue space and we are asking for your help please! In return we have dreamt up some good incentives and we promise many years of colourful music, dancing and events.

Without soundproofing we won’t be allowed to continue putting on great live music, DJ’s, performance and other stuff on at Cobalt Studios.

A noise complaint has been made against us and without significant building work to contain noise we won’t be granted a permanent or temporary licence.

18 months ago we turned a wood work shop into a low key arts venue we wanted to run the space by way of research, to see what felt right in there, what people wanted and what worked. Use of the space has been diverse ranging from storytelling to student art exhibitions to workshops, networking, film events, live music and DJ nights.  We have taken part in The Hidde Civil War Project,  Evo Emerging, Open Studios, The Late Shows … entry has been free on many occasions and when we have charged we have tried to keep the cost as low as possible. Any profits made have gone straight back into improving the space with additional equipment, more lighting etc.  

Feedback has been really positive and we are now clear about how we want to run the space; it won’t open all the time but each time it does open it will be filled with something unique and often unseen in Newcastle. We want to search far and wide, nationally and internationally, for performance and music and bring it to you in an intimate,  colourful and carefully cared for space. We also want to facilitate local talent and say yes to some of the brightest creatives that in this city with ideas they would like to showcase.

Unfortunately, we have hit an unexpected obstacle and in order to be allowed to continue we must prevent noise escaping and we have also had to get a licensing lawyer to represent us. Legal bills are not cheap.

We don’t have a stash of money in place to achieve this and the time scale is especially challenging, but if you are willing to support us so that we can make this happen we will repay you many years of colourful cultural events and there are lots of rewards too !

Its not always easy to run independent and alternative spaces and your help and support is really appreciated.

THIS IS ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL, if we dont hit our target you get it all back and we will return the space to a woodwork shop or a studio. If we over fund  this will allow us to add some magical touchs and also to get the floor poured on the top floor as the start of our open studio space.

This project has been approved for funding through the Artists + The Crowd match funding. It will receive a top up of 50% towards its fundraising target from Arts Council England.


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