FESTIVAL NEWS: ‘Tramlines in the community’ launches trust to support local organisations and reveals staggering £103,000 raised for local causes since 2018

Tramlines has also achieved ‘Gold Status’ from Attitude is Everything for commitment to making the festival accessible to deaf and disabled people


A desire to celebrate Sheffield has always been at the core of Tramlines and the newly launched, ‘Tramlines in the community’ covers all the varied work that Tramlines undertakes in the local community. As part of this, The Tramlines Trust will launch applications in Spring providing grants to local community organisations, charities and projects. More information about the trust and applications can be found via the website.

Tramlines in the Community’s goal is to support and uplift communities at the heart of the festival. Each year Tramlines creates training and work opportunities, promotes Sheffield’s arts and local music scene, builds relationships with and supports local businesses whilst ensuring the festival is accessible to all. You can find out more about their work in the community on their new web pages. Tramlines in the Community will help to open up multiple channels through which individuals and organisations can get involved.

Tramlines is committed to raising awareness and supporting local charities. In 2021 the festival raised £34,500 for charity, which brings the total since moving to Hillsborough Park to a whopping £103,000. The donations were raised through a charity raffle, guest-list donations, ticket donation opt-ins, charity merch sales and ‘Nulty’s’ backstage bar – an area named after the late Festival Director, Sarah Nulty. In 2021, donations were made to The Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation, ADIRA, The Sapphire Project, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Cathedral Archer Project, S6 Food Bank and Hillsborough Primary School.

The Tramlines Trust will open for funding applications later this Spring and will provide grants to successful applicants. The Trust will grow the festival’s annual fundraising and charitable donations whilst allowing opportunities for more charities & organisations to apply for funding. The Tramlines Trust is a micro trust of GivingWorks a UK registered charity (charity no:1078870). Full details on how applications can be made will be revealed soon on the official website and via social media channels. For more information check out the Tramlines Trust webpage.

Timm Cleasby, Head of Operations for Tramlines said ‘It’s incredibly important to us all at Tramlines that we support the Sheffield community and local area. Our work with the trust will build on everything we already do in the community and help forge new links with projects and charities that we can support and amplify their work’.

If that wasn’t enough there’s plenty more news to follow as Tramlines in the Community expands including a partnership with Sheffield based Tickets for Good, another collaboration with Hillsborough Primary School, opportunities to perform at the festival via the Apply to Play scheme, work placements with local students, volunteering opportunities, Hillsborough Park improvements, plus many more exciting projects in the pipeline!

Tramlines is also very pleased to announce that they have achieved a coveted ‘Gold Status’ from Attitude is Everything for making the festival accessible to all.

A spokesperson for Attitude is Everything said ‘Tramlines signed up to the Attitude is Everything charter in 2019 to begin their journey making one of Sheffield’s largest live music events accessible to all. Despite the challenging circumstances of the pandemic including a 2020 cancellation, it has been fantastic to see the incredible development and hard work the team has done to fast track their status to Gold in 2021. Tramlines have truly made Accessibility a priority, from implementing our recommendations and engaging with staff training around access to providing fantastic customer service onsite. We cannot wait to see this amazing festival further improve their access provision and hopefully achieve Platinum status in 2022’.

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