Recording Studio Go Ahead For Cheese & Grain
£430,000 in grants will help create Frome’s own music recording studio at the Cheese and Grain
Steve Macarthur, Director of the Cheese and Grain, says
“This will be a boost for the local economy: a professional-standard recording studio, but accessible to community groups and amateur musicians as well music professionals”.
The new studio will also have a remit to train a new generation of sound engineers and music industry technicians. The Cheese and Grain will be doubling the number of apprenticeships it offers and creating new work experience and internship opportunities once the studio opens.
The Cheese and Grain has been offered a £300,000 grant by the Power to Change Trust towards the cost of building its new recording studio. Power to Change is an independent charitable trust, set up with a £150 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund, to support, develop and grow community owned business across England.
Frome Town Council is also backing the development by re-directing income from the massive array of solar panels on the Cheese and Grain roof. The income from the solar panels will entirely service and pay-off a £130,000 loan. It means that the Council can support the project without spending a single penny of rate-payer’s money. Steve Macarthur described the Council’s scheme as
“Ingenious, innovative and a intervention that will create a significant asset for the people of Frome”.
The recording studio will be built at the rear of the Cheese and Grain in the currently unused “tower”.
The studio will be named after a celebrated musician, the late Bert Jansch. Bert’s son, Adam, who lives in Frome, says
“The £430,000 pays for the building work only, we will need raise thousands more to buy the very latest digital equipment”.
The Bert Jansch Foundation will be helping the Cheese and Grain launch a public appeal to equip the studio.