Hello Crowd funders
"We are Jenny and Sean owners of the dome we started in 2011 on a mission to create a venue that's a more accessible platform for up and coming artists, theatre, live music and numerous community based projects.
We need your help We need your support no matter how little it all counts."
The Dome at Grand Central Hall is an 1175 capacity theatre, music and live event venue in the heart of Liverpool's historic city centre. The Dome is the centre-piece of the iconic Grand Central Hall, a former Wesleyan Mission Central hall. Built in 1905, the building has had many uses, including use as a cinema and retail premises. In the mid-1930s it was the home of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra during the period of the Philharmonic Hall's renovation.
In October 2011, an event space, christened The Dome, opened in the heart of the building and in the last 3 and a half years has proved a popular venue for all kinds of acts and performances. Run by partners Jennifer and Sean, The Dome has hosted everything from live music events, like Britain's Got Talent favourites Bars & Melody, to theatre shows like the hugely popular "Mam, I'm Here". It is also the residence of popular UK wrestling promoters Infinite Promotions.
The Dome has proved a successful venture since its opening, but it could be so much more. The age of the venue and its varied level of use over the last century means that a lot of work is required to get it to it's potential best. Disused rooms are in need of renovation, the electrics and plumbing need an overhaul and the scale and acoustics of the building mean that the sound equipment and heating need addressing. Jenny and Sean have the passion to get The Dome to where it needs to be but the scale of renovation, they fear, is beyond their financial capabilities. With two young children to support alongside the expense of the day to day cost of living, there's no way they can do it alone.
That's where you come in.
Liverpool has always been a hotbed for live entertainment and the Dome in its previous guises plays a huge part in that history. With your help it can be a huge part of the scene's future.
The breakdown of the costs* of rejuvenating The Dome are as follows:- Conversion of disused rooms into additional dressing room facilities - £7200- New PA & Sound systems (including an induction loop for those using hearing aids) - £7000- Refit and renovation of toilet facilities (plumbing and aesthetics) - £6300- Refit of backstage area (separate from the larger cost of total renovation of disused rooms. This money will be used to better equip the existing areas to better cater to acts and performers. The backstage area is often the most neglected part of a performance space) - £4400- Venue heating - £4000- New stage - (Replacing the current, plywood stage) - £4000- Refit of three bars - £4500- New Signage on the exterior of the building - £3100- Contingency fund for unforseen expenditure - £4500
* All costs are rounded to the nearest hundred. Some up, some down.
As with any renovation project of this magnitude, there are risks involved. Skilled tradesmen will be needed to ensure all work done to the building is sound. Any equipment purchased will need to be of a high standard to ensure longevity of use and value for money.
There is the danger that the cost of renovation would go over-budget. We have accounted for contingency funding in case this happens. The Dome will, also, remain open as best it can during the work, ensuring continued cash-flow for the duration of the project.
The biggest threat to any project of this size is a loss of interest or passion from those behind it. This will not be a problem at The Dome. Since taking over the venue in 2011, the team have worked incredibly hard to make it a success, making personal sacrifices along the way. The team have an intimate bond with this project and would not give it up lightly.
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