Beatsabar Music Project, in Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, was awarded £20,000 from the Social Enterprise Support Fund(SESF) and the National Lottery Community Fund towards the refurbishment of the site which kitted out an extra recording studio.
The project said the move was in response to increased demand for both alternative education provisions for pupils at risk of exclusion and bespoke music production workshops.
As a result a rehearsal room at the project based at Newhampton Art Centre has been converted to a second recording studio. During the lockdown the main studio was given a facelift and new equipment purchased to improve sound recording activities.
The remaining rehearsal room was and the reception areas were also spruced up in time for the start of the new academic year.
Studio manager and co-founder John Paul said: "The team have been very busy over the last eight months clearing out the unwanted items from the studio and refurbishing the studios and rehearsal rooms to ensure that it is in tip-top condition for when we are able to invite the community to start using it again.
“Our proudest moment was getting the new mixing desk in the main studio and hearing the amazing improvement it will now make to our professional recordings.”
“Studio 2 is also great and is the perfect place for a young person to learn about the music making process. Education providers and youth intervention groups who are interested in hearing about our alternative education programmes or music enterprise support you can contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org”.
“Beatsabar Music Project is grateful for the financial donations that have been made as without the support from the SESF Fund or Wolverhampton Council, we would not have been able to get the upgrade works carried out.”
The money was part of a £40,000 package of funding awarded to the project which was at risk of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The remaining funds were used to run online music technology workshops and courses for schools and youth groups during the lockdown periods.
More details about the project is available on the website beatsabar.com or phone 01902 423826.