It's been incredible having so much support throughout the city and even internationally since we've set up this campaign and we are all extremely humbled by it. Thanks to the help of everyone who has donated so far we've managed to book artists, secure venues and put a programme together for 2020 offering you the same level of mind blowing music that you've all come to know us for.
However the journeys not over yet, we'd like to book more shows, provide the free public stage and continue with all our school programs and workshops. Therefore we still need your help to make 2020 one of the best years yet. As always we'll be offering some great rewards to thank you for your donations and by supporting us, you'll be supporting all the musicians who play for us and help keep the Jazz and Blues scene at the forefront of this innovative city.
Why We Are Crowdfunding
Arts funding on a local and national level has become increasingly competitive. In the last two years we have run on ticket sales, a small grant from the Arts Council and no local funding. This is not sustainable. In order to continue to deliver an outstanding artistic programme we need your help.
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.
“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
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.
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.
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...
- 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
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 email@example.com
All that is left to say is a big THANK YOU to all who have supported us over the years and during this campaign.
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