This sounds like an interesting opportunity:
The City of London is planning to convert empty office space into 1,500 homes and is considering banning cars from the Square Mile at weekends as part of its post-pandemic recovery strategy.
In an attempt to boost its appeal as a place to live and socialise, the City of London Corporation said it is considering traffic-free weekends and all-night festivals, as well as providing new cultural and exercise spaces for the public.
Low-cost, long-term leases in vacant buildings could be also offered to artists and musicians.
That very last there.
Not “musicians” but “rehearsal rooms for musicians”.
Gissa nice long term lease at peppercorn rent on space. Rehearsal rooms. It’s difficult to find somewhere to go play that doesn’t cost a fortune because there’s a mixing desk in the corner. Given the size of modern housing “garage band” doesn’t really work these days.
So, a series, within the one building, of rehearsal rooms. Places where everything from the horn section through the three guitars and drums to the sampler plus dancers can actually work on the public presentation of gigs.
One can imagine rather quickly building up an ecosystem of lights lads, sound engs and session folks – hmm, perhaps would be session folks – that would hang out with bands trying it out. Moving out further, an office upstairs that specialises in those new EU carnets, visas for tours and so on. Some cubbyholes where songwriters are allowed to rent for a pittance. Who knows, if Islington Technical College still teaches some actual subjects there could be NVQ trainees around.
If the City Fathers would kick in the premises for near nowt then perhaps a music charity or two would pick up the operating bills?
Oh, and that four bed three reception penthouse with a roof terrace in The City for the person who first thought of this, of course.