The Libertines co-frontman Carl Barât is headlining a benefit gig to raise money for The Margate School (TMS).
The singer, who also owns The Albion Rooms in Cliftonville with his bandmates, is taking part in the No Surrender gig at the TMS site in the High Street on March 4-5 which aims to help the art school raise more funds for its running costs.
Last month TMS successfully raised £50,000 to save the venue from immediate closure.
The independent, postgraduate, liberal arts school faced threat of imminent shut down after several recent funding bids failed to materialise.
The arts school launched a fundraiser to secure its short-term future and a swell of public support resulted in £41,106 by direct donations and an additional £12,500 sent by cheque from a long term supporter of Margate and its environs.
Now it is trying to raise a further £100,000 through the benefit gig and an art auction, which will take place in May, to continue its current teaching provision and to make longer-term plans. The Margate School is also currently speaking with funders, partners, and Thanet District Council to help find an urgent solution.
The weekend fundraising benefit gig in March will feature music, DJ’s, comedy, and art installations.
Confirmed line-up so far:
DJ set by Carl Barât (Fellow of TMS)
DJ set by Woody Cook
IAMWARFACE, with guest drums by Steve Hewitt (ex Placebo)
Dan Lyons and the tenants
Jen Nolan and Friends
Death of a Decade
Additional acts will be announced throughout February. There will also be additional performances held at The Old Kent Market.
As part of the Benefit Event fundraising effort, The Margate School is releasing a series of interviews and conversations with performers, supporters, and the community called ‘The Margate School Talks’.
The first conversation features a new fellow of the School, Carl Barât of The Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things, and The Jackals.
The aim is to continue the fundraising to build a bursary fund to support students, studio holders, fellows and other community members in accessing technical training and facilities.
TMS also has to secures its space in the former Woolworths building in Margate High Street which is currently on the market for £1.85m, and is in negotiations with the owner and Margate Creative Land Trust and a private investor.
People can support the school through the TMS website support page here.
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