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ACE provides funding to develop expansion plans at Manchester’s Band Of The Wall

By | Published on Monday 11 January 2016

Band On The Wall

Marvellous Manchester venue Band On The Wall last week announced that it had secured funding from Arts Council England to help it develop plans to extend the space’s capacity to 500 and expand its educational and participation facilities.

This initial funding will enable the company behind the venue to produce more detailed plans for the proposed £2.5 million expansion. It will then be able to submit a stage two application to ACE in a bid to secure funding towards the expansion itself, which will be assessed according to various criteria, including “long-term sustainability and resilience, and the potential for partnership funding”.

Commenting on the confirmed funding, the venue’s Gavin Sharp told reporters: “While we have a long way to go to secure the extension of Band On The Wall, this first stage of funding is crucial to allow us to develop our plans and we are very grateful to Arts Council England for its support”.

ACE’s Alison Clark added: “We are delighted to be able to invest in the extension of the highly popular Band On The Wall venue which will enable it to present an even more ambitious programme to larger audiences”.