An appeal to raise £35,000 to help pay for upgraded sound and lighting equipment has been launched by The Core at Corby Cube.
Following on from Arts Council England’s pledge to provide a one-off grant worth £200,000 towards the upgrade for the main theatre at The Core, an appeal is underway to raise the remaining funds required for the project to go ahead.
In the five years since opening, The Core has welcomed more than 182,000 audience members and participants to a varied programme of live music, comedy, pantomime, drama, children’s theatre and dance events, welcoming acts such as Jimmy Carr, Kevin Bridges, Suggs, Eddi Reader, Chris and Pui, Frantic Assembly and Jim Dale.
To continue to present shows to this high standard, the theatre needs to hire and rent expensive equipment to supplement what it owns. However, the grant from Arts Council England will mean that in future The Core will be more self-sufficient, relying less on hired equipment – and more able to invest in shows and events.
Arts Council England have pledged to provide 85 per cent of the total cost of purchasing the equipment this summer, which means that the theatre is currently seeking to raise a further £35,000 to reach its target and unlock this significant grant.
Everyone who is able to support this appeal will be acknowledged on a new donors’ wall which will be installed at The Core once the project is completed.
People can donate by texting CORE01 £5 TO 70070. Alternatively online donations can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/corbycubetheatretrust. Customers booking tickets on the phone or in person can also make donations at the same time.
Peter Knott, area director for Arts Council England, said: “Investing in the buildings and equipment arts and cultural organisations need to produce great art and culture in their communities is a crucial part of what the Arts Council does.
“In the current economic climate it is important for arts venues to be as sustainable as possible, so I’m pleased we are able to support The Core to purchase new equipment to reduce long-term costs and increase opportunities for generating income.”
Martin Sutherland, chief executive at The Core at Corby Cube, added: “We are lucky enough to have a loyal group of audience members who attend events with us on a regular basis. If every one of them donated just £5 to this appeal we would be well on our way to achieving our fundraising target and accepting the vital grant, worth £200,000, from Arts Council England – which will help us continue to present the events that our audiences value most.”
For more information go to www.thecorecorby.com.