Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival Needs You

Help save this vibrant Bristol festival, that showcases the best of local talent, alongside international stars.

“Bristol's festival is carving out a distinctive and growing niche in the international calendar” All about Jazz

Hi Everyone,

We have just enjoyed an amazing seventh year!! BUT, we need your help to ensure the Festival continues in 2020 and beyond.

About us 

The Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival is a charity - run by a small, passionate team of 8, who have a shared love of great music. We work hard all year to put a diverse and engaging programme together for all to enjoy every March. Across the weekend we also welcome a team of amazing volunteers. We strongly believe in the idea of creating and sustaining a platform for all musicians - from home-grown talent to trans-Atlantic stars.

“genuine, all-encompassing passion and love for music from all those involved, making it - in our collective opinion at least - by far one of the best and most unique events on the Bristol calendar.” - 365Bristol

Alongside international stars such as Macy Gray, Dr John, Arturo Sandoval, Melody Gardot and Pee Wee Ellis (pictured), we have presented world premieres of new music, and commissioned local established and emerging artists to create new music. But what makes this festival truly special is the unbelievable amount of talented local musicians that contribute every year, from the renowned - Andy Sheppard and Get the Blessing - to the emerging, and who perform both ticketed and free stage concerts for all to enjoy.

We are reaching out to all of you who have enjoyed the event in its many forms, to donate anything from a few pounds to larger contributions for some unique offers, and help ensure the Festival continues into 2020 and beyond. Whether you’re a ticket buyer, musician, workshop participant or free-stage fan, we are asking you to make a pledge.

Why we are crowdfunding...

With no local Council funding and only a small grant from Arts Council England, the Festival relies on ticket sales and the support of individuals and companies. The current financial climate has naturally put pressure on all fronts, compounded by the 'Beast from the East' which hit the 2018 Festival and having to move out of Colston Hall during their refurbishment. This precarious funding situation has meant that in delivering an outstanding artistic programme, the Festival has pushed itself to the point where it has no choice but to reach out to you, its friends and supporters.

What happens if we reach our goal?

The money raised will ensure a 2020 Festival. Without it, the Festival will fold. Your donation will contribute to the following...

  • A weekend full of world-class jazz & blues concerts
  • The ongoing success of the Free Stage which offers a platform for local and emerging artists who present world-class music for all to enjoy

  • To commission new works of music for local and national musicians

  • The free dance classes at our Big Band Swing Night

  • To continue a programme of top quality masterclasses and workshops with world-class musicians for adults and children

  • And much much more!

We have put together a range of rewards for our donors, but you can also simply click 'donate' to choose an amount that suits you. 

If you can't support financially but feel you have other ways you, or your company, can support us (in-kind for example) then please get in touch

All that is left to say is a big THANK YOU to all who have supported us over the years and during this campaign. 

Please pass on our message and share your favourite memories using the hashtag #SaveBristolJazzFest 



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£10 – Eternal Gratitude

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Eternal gratitude for helping support the Festival from the whole team and every jazz and blues lover in Bristol. Plus your name on social media and a thank you card emailed to you.

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£10 minimum.

£20 – Friend of the Festival

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Become an official 'Friend of the Festival', not only do you receive 10% off your first two tickets next year, but you will get a shout out on social media, a mention in our printed programme, a thank you card in the post and a festival badge.

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£30 – Festival T-Shirt + Friend Membership

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Festival T-Shirt featuring either B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald or Jimi Hendrix. You will also become an official 'Friend of the Festival' and gain 10% off your first two tickets next year, a festival badge as well as a thank you card in the post.

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£50 – One to One Music Class

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Private music lesson by one of Bristol's top musicians in either, guitar, piano, horns, woodwind or vocals. You will also become an official 'Friend of the Festival' and gain 10% off your first two tickets next year, a festival badge, as well as a thank you card in the post.

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£100 – Masterclass

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Masterclass in music lead by our Artistic Director Denny Ilett accompanied by one of our special guests. Previous masterclasses have been conducted by Pee Wee Ellis, Dennis Rollins, Kirk Fletcher and Ian Shaw so expect something unforgettable. You will also become an official 'Friend of the Festival' and gain 10% off your first two tickets next year. Note that this is for 1 place in a group class.

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£200 – Factory Studios Recording Day

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One full recording day at Factory Studios including full backline and a sound engineer at your disposal. If you end up going on to produce an album, we'll even sell it on next years Merchandise Stall, free of charge!

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£500 – Book a Local Band

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We have a line up of some of Bristol's best bands ready to play at your disposal. Whether you're booking them for a party, a local event or you want to serenade that special someone outside their window. Expect jazz, funk, soul and even rhythm and blues. It might get loud.

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£1,000 – Moscow Drug Club

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Have Moscow Drug Club come and play for you at your own private event. Moscow Drug Club, fronted by Katya Gorrie Is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet. At the Festival this year they played to a packed St Georges and went down a storm and now they can play for you! This is a very special reward!

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£5,000 – Become a Major Sponsor

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Become a Major Sponsor for the 2020 festival and have your logo or name on all 20'000 of our programmes, all our posters and all our stages. We'll also shout out about you through social media, our website and any press releases. Not only this but we will invite you and your team to our 2020 exclusive launch party to come and schmooze with us over an old fashioned or glass of bubbly.

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