AN ARTS and leisure organisation in Ealing is looking to drum up more support from musicians in its campaign to convert parts of the Town Hall into a dedicated Arts Centre.

The multi-platform project proposed by Ealing Arts and Leisure which includes new recording and rehearsal studios, has in principle been given the thumbs-up from all political parties at the council.

But the charity, which has been working on building an epicentre for cultural groups in the borough for years, still needs feedback to get the centre funded so plans can be put into action.

Ann Pavett, project leader of Ealing Arts Centre, said: "This centre will mean Ealing Broadway, which is at the heart of our town and currently has very little arts and culture provision, will be given a centre that will open up arts opportunities for the whole community.

"The music studios are hoped to be introduced first because we are particularly concerned with having these facilities for young people, especially as music and dance are the two most popular areas."

The music studios are only one part of what the arts centre will have to offer as the vision of the complex is to accommodate a drama, dance and arts area, plus multi-purpose rooms for crafts, teaching, workshops and meetings.

Other stages of the project include sprucing up Victoria Hall and making it into a space for concerts, films, conferences and performances.

For now, the voluntary group are focusing on support to strengthen the case for building music studios, and artists interested in using the proposed new facilities are being urged to join Ealing Arts and Leisure in their journey to make this happen.

Musicians are being requested to spread the word and fill out a music survey, which will give one lucky winner a free session in the new recording and rehearsal studios - when it is built.

The organisation says the need for such a centre is necessary as the population grows with new housing developments.

To fill out the music survey or add your name to the arts centre supporters' list visit www.ealingarts.

For more information contact: or call 020 8579 4925.