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Ben Miller backs Sub Rooms' Crowdfunder

Actor Ben Miller is backing a new Crowdfunding appeal for the Stroud Subscription Rooms.

Due to the pandemic, the venue has been closed for almost 12 months and been unable to raise any income.

To ensure its future and to fully open, the Sub Rooms yesterday (May 20) launched a £100,000 Crowdfunding appeal.

"The Subs needs your support to keep going for the next few months until it can open its doors fully again - and, crucially, so that the Subs will continue to be here for many more generations to come." said Ben.

On offer is something to suit everyone's budget - from having your name included on the Subscribers Wall of Fame (£25) and tea for two (£40) to the ultimate kids' party (£1,250) or a private party for up to 30 guests with cocktails, canapés and live music (£3,000).

And if you want to have your name in lights, then the top offer is the opportunity to name the newly refurbished Art Deco bar (£20,000).

Hugh Phillimore, director of the Sub Rooms, said the current Covid restrictions for cultural and community venues would continue to have a huge impact on the Subs' ability to run its planned programme.

The Crowdfunding appeal, as well as providing people with unique experiences, will generate vital income to keep the Subs running over the next four months.

The money will also enable the Trust to complete a range of exciting refurbishment work to the bar and balcony.

"Behind the scenes the team has been working really hard to make improvements to the Subs, so when we do welcome you back, you can expect the best acts and live music, a new bar and cafe, fantastic acoustics, not to mention our new club nights and more opportunities for our young people to come and enjoy live music in a safe place," said Hugh.

Some of the acts planned for the next few months include Mavis Staples, Mica Paris, James Taylor Quartet, KT Tunstall, The Lovely Eggs, Trevor Nelson, Craig Charles, Martin Kemp, and the Magic Numbers.

To find out more about the Crowdfunder, go to https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-the-subs-survive-and-flourish 

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