THE RESTORATION & REBUILD OF THE NELSON SCHOOL OF MUSIC
In December 2013 the Nelson School of Music’s heritage auditorium was closed because of earthquake risk. In the face of this crisis the Trust is now fundraising to strengthen, refurbish and reopen the auditorium, and alongside it to build a new multi-use facility with rehearsal and teaching rooms. This is the largest development in the 121-year history of our beloved school of music – the oldest institution of this type in New Zealand.
When completed the School will have state of the art production infrastructure, along with the Auditorium’s already brilliant acoustics. It will play an important role in the Nelson economy as a venue for concerts and events that attract out-of-town visitors. It will also strongly support the local community by being available to a wide range of community groups.
Our vision is to deliver a world class experience for performers and audiences along with a contemporary and vibrant music school.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The total amount needed for the project is $6.4 million. We have already had very positive feedback and indications of support. The Rata Foundation has generously put aside $850,000 for us, one of their biggest ever grants. The Nelson City Council will fund half the cost, up to $3 million. Lottery Grants Board have committed $1.2 million and the Nelson School of Music Endowment Trust $350,000.
- Gone to tender April 2016
- Started construction September 2016
- Re-open February 2018