Beatles fans hope to raise £ 100,000 to honor Fab Four manager
Beatles fans hope to raise £ 100,000 for a statue in honor of band manager Brian Epstein.
The Brian Epstein Legacy Project would see a statue of the musical entrepreneur created and additional money dedicated to developing a larger legacy in his memory, activists say.
Epstein, who discovered The Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool during a lunchtime visit, also directed Cilla Black Gerry And The Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas, The Chants, The Scaffold and The Moody Blues .
Sometimes nicknamed the “Fifth Beatle”, he died in 1967 at the age of 32.
A campaign for a statue was originally launched in 2019 but has been put on hold due to the pandemic and organizers have now partnered with the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Association Hall of Fame and Museum
About a third of the original goal of £ 60,000 has been raised, thanks to an anonymous donation of £ 10,000 and other contributions from around the world, but the group now hopes to raise a minimum of £ 100,000 to honor ‘l Epstein’s ‘energy and vision’. .
Activist Tom Calderbank said: “We now need £ 40,000 to complete the statue. Once completed, however, the sculpture will only be the first phase of the larger project.
“Phase two aims to raise at least an additional £ 40,000 to build a library of musical instruments, provide access to music for underprivileged young people in the Liverpool City area and help develop the next generation of talent.
“Phase three will then look further to see what can be done to celebrate and build on Brian’s legacy.
“We’re all very excited about what’s to come.”
Brian needs his legacy to be recognized … without him the world would never have been blessed with The Beatles and more
Ralph Kluseman, President of the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame and Museum, said: “As a lifelong Beatles fan and a great admirer of Brian Epstein’s vision, drive and determination, I am truly delighted to be in touch with the project – and with the dedicated team based in Liverpool.
“Brian needs his legacy recognized and we want to help – without him the world would never have been blessed with The Beatles and more.”
– Donations can be made by visiting https://www.thefifthbeatlestory.com/