The Tramlines Trust, which is the charitable arm of the 40,000-capacity Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, has raised £57,600 (€67,000/$73,000) to support 27 organisations across the UK city following the 2023 event.
Some 50% of the fundraising grants went to Hillsborough-based initiatives close to where the festival is staged, including £5,000 for Hillsborough Together to help fund the Hillsborough Town Centre Christmas Lights event.
Since the initiative was launched in 2018, donations have now reached £213,000. Sheffield City Council also reported that the festival provided a £3.7m boost to the local economy this year alone.
“To see the full range of projects supported by the Trust and how they’re benefitting and using the funding is just wonderful,” said Tramlines operations director, Timm Cleasby. “Our city is full of many people with powerful ideas and projects that create positive changes to communities, young people, artists and musicians. It’s a privilege to support their activities.”
Beneficiaries of the 2023 Tramlines Trust include the Hillsborough Hornet’s Disability FC and RivelinCo, an organisation that curates events in places such as parks, schools and empty shops. Mental health charity Adira will use funding to purchase gifts for disadvantaged children across Sheffield, while Bright Iris CIC will support vulnerable employees in the work place.
Elsewhere, the Leadmill’s Studio Orchestra is also being funded by Tramlines.
Rose Wilcox, head of programming, said: “The Studio Orchestra is a project that brings young people together who would never normally meet, to collaborate and develop original pieces of music that cross genres of classical with commercial sounds of rap, drill, spoken word, garage, indie music and more.
“Involving organisations such as Sheffield Music Hub’s ‘Senior Orchestra’, Slambarz, Sheffield Music School and Sheffield Children in Care Council, the project ensures that young musicians get to experience working alongside music industry professionals.”
Additionally, Tramlines has donated 650 tickets over the last five years to a number of charities and has worked with Tickets for Good, which provides event tickets to NHS staff, charity workers and those affected by the cost-of-living crisis. Tickets have also been distributed to Sheffield Young Carers.