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Welcome to Project Stepping In

While the Music Hall is under wraps we are Stepping Out – taking Music Hall projects, concerts and events into spaces, places and communities across the city – as we continue to keep the spirit of the building alive.

Project Stepping In invites you back in to the iconic building with a unique and innovative opportunity to join us on our journey to furnish the transformed Music Hall.

Enjoy exploring the new floor plans by walking virtually into the re-imagined Crush Hall or refreshed Auditorium on the ground floor, even up to the first floor to view the items available to donate to in the new Creative Learning Studio. There are over 150 items to choose from, from theatre lamps to music stands, sofas to signage. Pop your favourites in your cart, check out and donate, and know you have helped secure its place in the newly awakened Music Hall for generations to come.

With special thanks to Emeli Sande, who has launched the fundraising project by generously gifting a piano to be used by local young people in the new Creative Learning Studio.

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What is available to donate to?

There are more than 150 items ranging from £10 to £25,000. A tin of ceiling paint or a light switch cashes in at £10, while you can stock the new bars with optics for £40 each. For £50, you can help fit the venue with eco-friendly lighting, while a £100 digital projector screen will improve the meeting and hospitality areas that have been built into the plans. Comfy easy chairs for the new café will cost £200, and percussion instruments for use by APA’s creative learning classes come in at £300.

How do I donate an item?

Donating to an item is easy. Visit and enjoy exploring the new floor plans browsing the different items in each room, popping your favourite items into your cart as you go! Once you are happy with your choices hit the ‘checkout’ tab and follow the instructions to donate simply and securely by debit card, credit card or PayPal. Don’t forget to Gift Aid your donation by selecting the tick box when completing your donation to confirm you are a UK taxpayer and we’ll reclaim25p for every £1 you kindly donate.

How is my money used?

Your donation will help us furnish the transformed Music Hall. When you support Project Stepping In by donating to an item you have helped secure its place in the newly awakened Music Hall for generations to come.

The Music Hall has been at the heart of cultural, civic and community life for two centuries and it has many stories to tell. Now, with Project Stepping In, we openly invite people to become part of its rich history by contributing towards an item of their choosing.

Donors who contribute £5000 or more, and agree to be recognised, will be acknowledged on a specially commissioned Music Hall donor wall – guaranteed for 20 years.

Pledge your support to the Music Hall today by sponsoring an item through Project Stepping In. Visit and buy your item today.