The Leadmill in Sheffield is part of a national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust to help prevent the closure of hundreds of UK independent music venues.We're extremely proud to be part of an organization that helps to support UK Music Venues - as an independent grassroots music venue their guidance is invaluable, especially at this time!
Our UK venues face permanent closure because they are unable to generate enough income to cover even their reduced costs during this lockdown period. The majority of their income is raised by ticket sales and bar sales - both of which are at an all-time low or non-existent due to the forced closure of the venues.
They have made efforts to raise extra funds via online merchandise sales and we are so grateful that people are supporting venues by doing this.
The Leadmill is in a slightly more fortunate position however if these forced closures continue into the rest of the year we could also be looking at some pretty high debts and inevitable staff redundancies. We want to try and avoid this as much as possible.
Your kind donations will be used to help cover the following immediate costs:
- Staff that we are unable to furlough who are desperately trying to keep the venue alive and kicking for the future
- Rent that we are unable to get a holiday period from via our Landlord
- Essential running costs that are a legal/safety requirement
- Financial help for our freelance DJs/engineers/crew where possible
We ask project owners to honor their rewards wherever possible but please note that all pledges are donations and there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards from the project owner.