Bristol’s The Jam Jar is a popular community arts space playing host to a diverse range of creativity. Since its opening four years ago, the venue has not only facilitated the city’s thriving creative scene, it has also supported and encouraged its growth. The iconic venue has hosted artists from all over the world as well as providing a platform for emerging new talent and local favourites such as China Bowls. It has had a spectacular run of events ranging from gigs to burlesque festivals, fundraisers, workshops, the list goes on…
Recently, like many other grassroots organisations in the city, the volunteer-led community has come under threat. In a bid to help secure its future, The Jam Jar has set up a crowd funding campaign to raise money for necessary renovations, after it was denied a full premises license in the summer, mainly on the grounds of noise complaints. The money will go towards elements such as soundproofing the venue and legal representation to ensure its security for years to come.
With only four days left on the clock to reach their fundraising target of £20,000, the iconic venue is urging Bristol’s public to dig deep, because sadly, without these funds, the Jam Jar can simply not continue.
You can either make a donation via their crowdfunding page or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can pledge for a reward. Just £10 will enter you into a raffle where you could win a plethora of prizes from records to tees. Pledging £20 would get your name or nickname etched onto ‘THE Jam Jar’ – a fine piece of glassware to commemorate your support, or a digital album containing tracks from some of the artists who have graced their stage. You can also pledge for limited edition merchandise and if you’re able to splash more of the cash, £500 will ensure that the venue is yours for a day (Sunday to Thursday), with £1000 securing a private party for you by you (whenever you like!).
If you are strapped for cash but would like to help, simply sharing their crowd funding page can help boost the venue’s chance of reaching their goal.
Find out more over on crowdfunder.co.uk/the-jam-jar
Words by Georgie Partington