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Building a music venue - Embassy Gardens

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Building a music venue - Embassy Gardens

World Heart Beat Music Academy By World Heart Beat Music Academy

We seek funding to transform 750 m2 of empty space into a world-class music venue and education centre, encompassing an auditorium, recording studios and teaching facilities for young people.

Wandsworth Delivery stage

pledged of £430,342

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Our ethos is grounded on social change. World Heart Beat has been mentoring and nurturing young people since 2009. Transforming the lives of thousands of young people, our aim is to inspire young people to reach beyond their limits. We have the opportunity to extend our impact to a wider and more diverse community. For £1 a year for 50 years, we have been awarded a building in the regeneration area of Nine Elms at Embassy Gardens. We now need to transform the building into a great venue where the London community can enjoy at least 150 concerts a year, a place that young people can learn music, thrive in the community and launch their career's. Our cultural rich programme will reflect the diversity of the world. We are asking you to help fund the crucial first part of our building at which will cascade the developer's additional commitment to install the mezzanine and façade to our specification. This will complete the £425k of the £1,180m building costs.

What we'll deliver:

  • The funds will go towards the building costs that are needed to bring this new music venue to the heart of the community
  • The building of three specialist teaching music rooms
  • Engage hundreds more young people in bespoke music tuition with a free or low cost model for disadvantaged families
  • Significantly enrich London’s cultural offer building a new music venue, with easy access from all of London

Why it's a great idea:

World Heart Beat Music Academy provides high-quality music tuition and exciting personal development to children and young people living in London. Every week we welcome 350 students to our academy where 70% are on low cost, partial or full bursaries. With your help we can build this incredible facility that will enable us to double our capacity and teach more young people. An antidote to the major cuts in music education, we will be building a world class venue for the enjoyment of the wider community. A facility that is non elitist to listen to live music from leading artists, with a rich programme that encompasses music from all corners of the world. World Heart Beat has a proven track record of helping our students to lift their aspirations, develop a viable career and maximise their potential, as musicians and world citizens. We look forward to opening our doors to many more young people.

Steps to get it done:

  • Autumn 2018: Sign lease - Completed
  • Autumn 2018: Architecture Drawings & Consultations - Completed
  • Autumn 2018: Community engagement - Started
  • Winter 2018/2019: Mezzanine, Facade & Stairs installed
  • Spring 2019: Auditorium Structure & Soundproof
  • Spring 2019: Recording and Teaching rooms constructed
  • Summer 2019: Soft fittings installed, lavatories, lighting rigs, lighting, furnishing
  • Summer 2019: Musical equipment sourced
  • Autumn 2019: Grand opening

World Heart Beat envisions a world where music, as a universal form of communication, bridges and transcends cultural, political, economic and linguistic barriers. It is a ground breaking, modern, award-winning organisation designed to accelerate social change and transform lives through the power of music. It places music in the heart of the community and makes it accessible to all. World Heart Beat strives at taking the disadvantage and inequality out of learning, where children from low-income families can learn to play an instrument free of charge. World Heart Beat is the perfect inspiring antidote to the vast cuts in music education. Last year World Heart Beat provided over 10,000 student hours of tuition. Students are supported throughout the whole creative ecology from grassroots to pursue successful, sustainable careers in the creative industry. A vast number of our graduating students end up taking spaces at leading conservatoires.

Location Wandsworth

About the space

Embassy Gardens is London's new diplomatic precinct on the riverside, the centrepiece of the Nine Elms Regeneration Area. A central riverside location with easy access from all areas within London. The South Bank is the most exciting urban regeneration project enriched in cultural activities making it a world class destination.


London Borough of Wandsworth

How will the money be spent?Total £430,342

Contribution from Developers - £375,000 (87%)
Construction of the Auditorium - £50,000 (12%)
Other - £5,342 (1%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Contribution from Developers
Construction of the Auditorium
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Additional funds will be diverted to building bespoke recording studios and teaching rooms. Any further funds will afterwards be directed toward purchasing musical equipment for young disadvantaged students to use.

Total £430,342

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