Timber Mill Theater will be a state-of-the-art, mid-sized live performance venue that, if fully funded, will be located in RiverHeath. This 16-acre downtown site was once a paper factory, and a prime riverfront neighborhood along the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin.
This will be the first entertainment venue in Wisconsin to “crowdfund” its construction using a statute passed in 2014. Crowdfunding for businesses was previously prohibited, but with the passage of Act 52, a Wisconsin business can now raise up to $2 million from Wisconsin residents.
Music and entertainment lovers in the state of Wisconsin and beyond will have access to an exclusive Founder’s Lounge, be able to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public, receive discounts on venue rental fees, and be invited to Founders-only events.
The project’s developer is Mark Geall of Tanesay Development. “As a venue funded by the people,” Geall said “the music will be selected by the people! Acts from any and every genre of music will be considered and pursued if the community or the Founders express interest. The Timber Mill Theater will be a state-of-the-art (up to 750 people) live performance venue. It’ll be the perfect extension of what Appleton already has – a vibrant music and arts culture.”
Geall, a Brownfield developer who just completed RiverHeath’s first phase – the 31-unit Evergreen building, is leading the Timber Mill Theater project. Geall is an Appleton native with more than 30 years of experience in the local market, and more than 15 years experience in redeveloping Brownfield’s.
“The all-ages entertainment venue,” Geall said “will serve as a meeting place for music and art enthusiasts to socialize, listen to music or enjoy a show. It’ll be what the Fox Valley chooses to make it, and will also serve as an exhibition space for local artists and other live performances, like dance, yoga and spoken word.”
Timber Mill has a liquor license, but the facility will not have a kitchen, or be used as a restaurant. Mr. Brew Tap House will provide these services at a neighboring location.
Geall has a feel for the music and arts culture of the Fox Valley, and is eager to see it grow.
CD Smith Construction of Fond du Lac will be the general contractor for the Timber Mill Theater, joined by Wisconsin-based architect Engberg Anderson.
The Timber Mill Theater is expected to be open to the public by New Year’s Eve 2015!
How do you participate in this crowdfunding effort?
There are two ways to invest in the Timber Mill Theater.
The first is to simply join the Founder’s Lounge for $500. This five-year membership is open to anyone and provides access to the VIP Founder’s Lounge area to view shows, pre-sale ticketing, members-only events and more.
The second way to invest, open only to Wisconsin residents, is to buy a $1,000 Note. The Note will include a ten-year membership to the VIP Founder’s Lounge, plus a return defined in the Investment Offering.
For more information on both of these options, visit the website: