#RaiseTheRoof: TMB’s first What’s New? event to be held as an Islington Mill Fundraiser

As you’re all well aware by now, (because we keep banging on about it) we love new music at Too Many Blogs.

To grow, new music needs small venues, and one of our favourites in Manchester needs some help.

Islington Mill has a derelict, partially collapsed roof and an expansive fifth floor which has been unusable for years. This has led to there being a serious threat to the sustainability of the building.  The work required will cost some serious money (more details at the bottom of the post) and we at TMB want to help where we can.

Why the Mill?
Because it’s more than just a venue. It is also an art space which has not only housed over 1700 different artists over the last twenty years but also welcomes over 15,000 visitors each year.

So, what are we going to do?
We’re going to bring our What’s New? section to life for the first time on Friday, February 10th of next year! The event will be a celebration of new music, the Mill and will also be hosting a very special headlining set. Once all of the music is out of the way, we’ll also be having some guest DJ’s playing until 2am. There’s also going to be a lovely raffle with some rather nice prizes to help raise a little bit more.

And you can get tickets now! from here –  http://fatout.skiddletickets.com/event.php?id=12889570

We’ll reveal more in the new year but to summarise, we’re having three new acts, a raffle, an after party and some secret headliners (who have sold out venues 3x the size of Islington Mill). We will be selling the first 50 tickets at an early bird* price of £7. We are extremely excited about this and hopefully we’ll see you in February!

*Early bird price limited to the first 50 tickets sold. Any sold thereafter will be at the standard price of £10 per ticket.

If you want to donate without attending the event, well you can. Just click here to chuck some money their way.

Islington Mill has a derelict, partially collapsed roof and an expansive fifth floor and attic space which have been in an unusable condition for decades. These upper storeys have been periodically exposed to the weather, rendering them structurally unsound which poses a serious threat to the long-term sustainability of our building.

With our eye on the future, we have commissioned an extensive architectural plan which includes a brand new roof and a renovation strategy to utterly transform the upper two floors, bringing 6000 square foot of space into permanent use.

Arts Council England and Salford Council recognise our extraordinary achievements to date, as well as our current desperate condition, and between them, they have agreed to donate the bulk of the funds needed for our extensive and urgent programme of repair.

However, in order to release that money, it’s up to us to match those donations with a further £735,000.

It sounds like a huge amount (okay, it is…) so think of it this way: for every quid we raise, the big funders will donate two. A tenner becomes £20. £50 becomes £100. A grand becomes two grand!

If we’re successful with this enormous challenge, we can go one better than just a working roof over our heads (though that’s a huge leap forward!) – the planned renovation will create eight brand new Artist and Maker Residence Spaces that will be the first of their kind in the North West, as well as large-scale work and exhibition spaces, elevator access, a new entrance to the building and more. The impact on the Mill, on Ordsall, on Salford, on Greater Manchester, and on the North West region will be huge.

It will be a bright future if we can get there. It’s our biggest challenge to date, but with your help, we can rise to it. Over the next few months, we’ll be hosting fundraising events, art sales, open days and more to keep the fundraising campaign going and to bring in desperately needed cash.

It’s worth thinking about what life would be like without Islington Mill. Over the past twenty years, as many as 1700 artists and makers from around the world have been through the Mill, as well as thousands and thousands of audiences, including many of you who are reading this right now. From Day One, Islington Mill has been about sharing resources and building a creative, sustainable alternative in an increasingly competitive and commercial world.

But we’ve come as far as we can and we need your help.