Performing Arts Centre in Newport, South Wales
Join us on our journey to help and support young christians in their careers in performing arts. We aim to open a performing arts centre and recording studio in South Wales. It will be dedicated to helping christian children and young teens prepare for worship music, dance and drama.
Our aim is to equip and resource young people to the same levels that American churches equip their youth to go forward and be peer-group ambassadors for Christ. This is so needed in the UK during this amazing digital age. We have an opportunity to use digital social channels such as Youtube to build up faith in the age group that so often leaves church.
Modern American churches know that the online space is the place to reach out to this group. These churches have young people with tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of followers. They are social influencers to a generation. These online ambassadors for Christ become the new spiritual peer-group leaders of the generation.
The UK needs to catch up with an increasing number of countries that is putting the digital media to work; reaching out to a generation in the UK that feels the church is failing them.
Music and dance play such an important role in the life of the modern tween. We can either offer them a resource for them to us or they will find that resource elsewhere.
Our centre will provide the training, equipment and mentoring for young people between the age of 9 and 16 to develop their worship skills and prepare them for leadership ministry. We will resource them to develop their Youtube channels and co-ordinate collaboration between young people.
For almost 3 years we have been providing small grants to young christian Youtubers to help cover the cost of producing christian music videos, buying equipment or meeting other expenses on their music journey. Sadly UK performers have not featured in those grants to any notable extent.
Christian recording studio
It’s not just stagecraft and music workshops we aim to offer. On site will be a sound recording studio and editing suite as well as music video recording and editing facilities and support.
We will provide help, support and training to develop the skills to run a home studio for quick
Our Youtube Creator workshops have be taken by young people from across South Wales and South-West England. Our aim is to make the performing arts centre a regional centre of excellence for youth training in performing arts and new media technology.
Offstage training for young people interested in performing arts
We know not every young person interested in the arts want to be centre stage which is why there will be sessions and opportunities for young people to discover and learn about the technical side of performances. From sound and video editing through to lighting and stage props, there are so many roles and tasks involved in putting together a show or music video.
We want to offer young people to learn these essential skills. Our policy will be very much to get young people involved as much as possible in all areas of production and performance with adults offering guidance and support.
Your help in building the performing arts centre impacts not just this generation but the next. You are planting a seed into a young person who will develop into the leaders and influencers of tomorrow. Your gift provides encouragement to young girls and boys and sets in place a confidence in the next generation and establishes a foundation for Christian music in the UK.
Band practice rooms in Newport, South Wales
One of the biggest challenges for young musicians is finding practice space where they can learn and improve their skills without disturbing other family or neighbours. Our new music, dance and drama centre will have a main performance area as well as practice rooms, all soundproofed to deal with any noise issues.
Practise really does make perfect and we want to ensure our students and members have the ability to improve their skills at every opportunity.
Small band venue in South Wales
The main hall of the centre will be a venue for small and new bands to perform. With the stage, quality lighting and sound rig the main hall will have an audience capacity of approx 300.
This will allow us to put on regular christian based music and drama events as a showcase for new, young christian talent. The main room will also double up as a venue for christian youth and children conferences and workshops to help distribute best practice in using music and performing arts to encourage and support the christian faith in young people.
Christian print shop and gift shop in Newport, South Wales
Fundraising for the ongoing running costs of our performing arts centre is going to be essential once we open. Our estimated annual running costs if we run the projects and programmes we aim to do will be in excess of £150,000 each year.
We don’t expect to raise this level of funding through fundraising each year as it would not be sustainable or allow us to plan over the long term. Trading is going to be an essential part of meeting the needs of our operating costs. Some of the finance will be met by hiring out rooms, studios and running concerts etc. But a large part of our running costs will be met through our print and gift shop.
Quality christian resources
Our trading on Amazon and b-brave.co.uk is currently contributing towards our appeal fund and once the building is purchased the first project will be to get our print-shop open to continue to raise funds to the ongoing development and operating costs.
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
The new print shop will enable us to buy in professional large-scale printers, ovens and heat presses and allow us to extend our range and increase our profits.
Finally, the building will contain office space for our staff and volunteers to work from and storage for equipment.
Changing lives of children and young people with christian music, drama and dance
Through contemporary Christian music and dance we are able to reach into the lives of young teens and tweens making a Christian lifestyle relevant and enjoyable. The foundations laid down in the life of a young person during those formative adolescent years will stay with them for a lifetime.
Through music and drama we aim to build into young people a solid and confident faith that will see them through a time of their lives which can be confusing and frightening. The centre aims to be more than just a place to come and sing or perform. It will be a vehicle through which young people learn resilience, build long-term fellowship with other believers and prepare for a lifetime of worship and praise of Jesus.
Your gift today can help to bring this unique and ground-breaking centre to fruition. Whether you want to make a one-off donation or make a monthly contribution to our appeal we thank you for your help.