Whether you’re a gig-goer, a theatre enthusiast or just love to soak up some culture and knowledge, times are tricky at the moment. However, the Pay It Forward scheme is here to help, offering vouchers for your favourite venues so you can support them through this time and give yourself a boost when things go back to normal. Some venues are also taking donations to keep afloat and others offer merchandise online to facilitate your support and keep you looking cool. Here’s six you can look out for…

Band On The Wall

This indie favourite is obviously not able to host its usual amazing gigs but so much is on offer to help keep them afloat until it’s doors reopen. Not only do Band On The Wall offer vouchers in £10 increments that can be redeemed against any future gig but they have a whole host of originally-designed tote bags and t-shirts and memberships packages securing several free shows throughout the year and 20% off full price tickets. Very generous fans of the venue can also leave a donation through the website, making sure there’s a Band On The Wall to return to.

27 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ, Tel: 0161 834 1786

Manchester’s cultural hub HOME relies on its theatre and cinema spaces for 50% of its income, so you can imagine how this closure is affecting them. HOME are asking for one-off and regular donations to help keep them going and as a real community built project, it seems fitting for the public to do their bit. HOME also offer a yearly membership where members benefit from all sorts of discounts and advanced information and there is also the option to become a HOME friend – a monthly donation scheme that supports the production and exhibition of new arts at the venue. HOME really is a labour of love and any form of donation will help in this difficult time.

2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
The Palace and Opera House Theatres

Manchester’s famous sister theatres host the most talked-about productions all year round, from Chicago to Wicked, The Book of Mormon to Back to The Future. Again, these theatres offer different tiers of memberships, giving discounts and early access to many of their shows. Gift vouchers are also available to spend on most shows, allowing fans to support their favourite theatres during these difficult times. Head here to help support The Opera House and here to pay-it-forward to The Palace.

97 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FT & 3 Quay Sreet, Manchester, M3 3HP, Tel: 0333 009 6690 & 0844 871 3018
People’s History Museum

A museum like no other, the People’s History Museum celebrates radical thinkers and those who have pushed for change in our city. There has never been a better time to support a venue built on democracy and active community, and PHM are in need of your donations online. Radical Supporter and Radical Friend memberships also enable the public to make regular donations and receive news and information regarding the growth and progress of the museum, whilst very generous sponsors can get their name on the wall of the museum and are invited to attend exclusive events at the museum throughout the year. Head here to learn more about the People’s History Museum’s online output.

New Ct Street, Manchester, M3 3ER, Tel: 0161 838 9190
Science and Industry Museum

This year-round Manchester hotspot for families and curious thinkers alike is currently out of action, relying on donations and sponsorships just like many other cultural spaces. Again online donations and opportunities for sponsorships are all available through their website, along with other ways you can help the museum throughout the year. This museum is particularly indicative of our city’s pioneering role in the industrial revolution and in the contemporary world, making it an important hub to keep alive and allow to grow, even through the toughest if times. Head here to explore the Museum’s digital output.

Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP, Tel: 0161 832 2244
The Whitworth Art Gallery

University of Manchester run gallery The Whitworth is proud to have been presenting the best in the art world since 1889, having been renovated in 2015, collaborating with the university on research and academic projects. Their website details the content of the gallery, if you haven’t been in person, showing what you are supporting when you donate. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be arranged online and over the phone, going towards keeping the gallery alive and the progress of exhibitions and research.

Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER, Tel: 0161 275 7450
The Lowry

Whether it’s a live performance or painting, The Lowry in Salford is full of a wide range of arts – yet its theatre and galleries are struggling through the current COVID-19 restrictions. If you’re an art enthusiast or simply just want to help out a local business, The Lowry is definitely in need of support, after having to shut its doors for the majority of December. To show your support you can donate to their Christmas appeal – any donation is welcome!

Waterside Arts

Waterside Arts is a local hotspot for theatre productions, music groups, art exhibitions and much more. Located in Trafford, the centre also provides community support through classes and events. However, it is another venue affected by the current restrictions and has been forced to temporarily close. To help, you can donate to Waterside’s Waiting in the Wings campaign by following the link below.

The Pankhurst Centre

The Pankhurst Centre is popular for its museum and women’s-only space, and was previously the home of Emmeline Pankhurst herself. Rich with women’s revolutionist history, the Pankhurst Centre is a key venue in the community and needs support during these difficult times. You can gift the centre a donation on their website and help them get through what has been a rocky year. Alternatively, you can become a member and receive a range of benefits.

The Royal Exchange Theatre

Bringing the magic of theatre to life for nearly 40 years, the Royal Exchange Theatre is a popular venue for theatre productions, situated in the centre of Manchester. There are a few ways to support the Royal Exchange, including becoming a member. There are different member levels available, with the highest being Platinum where guests can enjoy a range of privileges such as a free backstage tour and use of the member lounge. Alternatively you can simply donate money directly to the theatre to help them out.

The Stoller Hall

Live music and event venue The Stoller Hall is often home to both contemporary and classical music events and is popular for its collaboration with Chetham’s School of Music. Having faced difficulties from current restrictions, The Stoller Hall is asking for donations, specifically for Giving Tuesday which encourages people to donate to their chosen cause, but also welcomes donations at any time.

Mon 18 May
Emmeline Banks
Published on:
Sat 5 Dec 2020