The UK band Prisms played an MVT-organized benefit to save the George Tavern in East London in October.

Small-cap venues and clubs in major cities in the U.S. and Canada are reaching out to the U.K.-based Music Venues Trust (MVT) nonprofit in an attempt to prevent closures increasingly being brought on by factors such as rent increases, development pressures and zoning laws.

The partnerships are still in the early stages, but owners and operators of so-called “grassroots music v...

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