The Jam Jar

by Ahadite Mumbaso Abido in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th December 2017 we successfully raised £16,623 with 285 supporters in 35 days

To continue providing a platform for artists to establish themselves. To continue showcasing emerging musical talent from the world over.

by Ahadite Mumbaso Abido in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

The Jam Jar is in a pickle.

We need your help if we want to keep this project going!


What is the Jam Jar?

Formally known as The Old Malthouse, the Jam Jar is a volunteer-led independent community arts space in the heart of Bristol.

We transformed a derelict and dysfunctional warehouse unit into a totally unique creative space, where grassroots projects are born and a host of artistic mediums can be practiced, produced and performed. We have converted the main space into a performance space, created a purpose built recording studio, a creative suite and a green roof garden. 

Over the last few years we have developed a substantial network of people who rely on the space to produce their work. We have seen creatives from all walks of life come in and hone their skills producing incredible and diverse work. It brings us great pride to see our community work together and cross pollinate disciplines to create incredible work.


What we do.

The Jam Jar's sole aim is to support and promote grassroots and independent culture and creativity.

The Jam Jar is most known for its weekend shows. We are incredibly proud to have hosted artists from all over the world, whilst being equally proud of our diverse audiences. Over the years we have been able to consistently produce shows paying staff and artists fairly. We believe that without independent music and arts the human experience will be a little less rich!

Click here for our website!


"We got the chance early on to play the venue and had our most legendary UK live shows there. A beautiful place where you feel the teams passion and love." - STUFF. - Belgian comtempoary Jazz Superstars

"The jam jar has been a space of inspiration and creative strength. Being invited to be and share at the jam jar was the beginning of an awesome journey in art for me. Communities need spaces like this to keep the magic, support and sense of family alive. The space may be small but it is mighty in the role it plays in Bristols creative and art sector" - Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley - Broadcast journalist - Ujima Radio and BCFM

What is the pickle?

At the end of this summer The Jam Jar applied to the authorities for a full premises license. This would allow us to legally serve alcohol, and host music events beyond 11pm. The income from this would financially secure our future, allowing us to expand our activities and function properly and professionally.

During our application process, the Jam Jar received several objections from local authorities and residents, mainly on the grounds of noise. These objections led us to withdraw our application until terms could be discussed.

We have met with the police and communicated with concerned residents. We have agreed with the police that prior to reopening we will fix noise related issues in order to mitigate the concerns of residents. Providing that noise issues are addressed properly we have been assured that we will be allowed to reopen.


What we need.

Before reopening at full capacity, there is a list of hurdles we must overcome. This list involves bringing the space up to an unprecedented level of safety, professionality and usability, then reapplying for our license. The Jam Jar must undergo thorough acoustic tests, create a sound management plan, and a thorough transformation of its main performance space.


These costs include:

Legal representation

Compulsory works (plumbing, electrics, carpentry)

Double glazing

Acoustic tests and treatment

Reflooring the venue

Refurbishing equipment

Amongst many more!

For the absolute minimum target we need £20,000, but if we want to finish the job entirely we are going to need £40,000 to complete the scheduled works.

Without this money, the Jam Jar cannot continue.


What can you do?

We need help from anyone!

If you love the Jam Jar,

If you love music,

If you love independent and grassroots projects,

If you love art.

Please share our crowdfunder! Each share boosts our chance of reaching our target.

Please donate. Without donors, we can’t reach our target (and you get juicy rewards).

Please attend one of our fundraiser events.

Please talk about us to anyone and everyone!



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

28 of 250 claimed

£10 Reward

Raffle entry - Entry into a raffle to win a plethora of prizes. Prizes include but are not limited to: Records, CD's, T-shirts, Badges, & Crowdfunder Banquet! + 1 years exclusive membership!

£20 or more

14 of 150 claimed

£20 Reward

Be on THE Jam Jar - Have your name or nickname etched onto THE Jam Jar. A fine piece of glassware to commemorate and celebrate the support we have received from yourself and others. + 1 years exclusive membership!

£20 or more

26 of 200 claimed

£20 Reward

Jam Jar Album - A digital download of an album containing tracks from artists who have passed through our space in the next four years! All hand selected, independant artists with a rich eclectic feel. + 1 years exclusive membership!

£30 or more

9 of 150 claimed

£30 Reward

The Reopening Party! - A personal invite to the Reopening party! You will see firsthand the fruits of our labour and the manifestation of your support! Celebrate with us the creation and continuation of something beautiful. + 1 years exclusive membership!

£40 or more

15 of 60 claimed

£40 Reward

Jam Jar T-shirt - A limited edition high quality T-shirt with custom Jam Jar graphic on it. + 1 years exclusive membership!

£60 or more

13 of 40 claimed

£60 Reward

Jam Jar Hoodie - A Limited edition Hoodie, high quality with a custom Jam Jar graphic printed on it! + 1 years exclusive membership!

£60 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Band Rehearsal Bundle!

Band rehearsal! - suitable for groups of musicians Your band/group can rehearse in our luxury soundproofed music studio for 6 hours! + Raffle entry! + Your names on the Jar! + 1 years exclusive membership!

£100 or more

3 of 40 claimed

£100 Reward

The Banquet! - An invitation to a black tie, silver service swanky 3 course meal at the Jam Jar! Live Jazz, Delicious food, and Great Company! + 1 years exclusive membership!

£300 or more

5 of 20 claimed

£300 Reward

The Silver Package! - The silver package is the sum of all previous rewards! - A years Membership - Raffle entry - The Jam Jar - Jam Jar Album - Reopening party - T-shirt - Hoodie - Special seat at the Banquet!

£500 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£500 Reward

The Venue is yours for a day! The venue is yours for a day (Sunday - Thursday). You can do as you please (within reason) for 24 hours! + 1 years exclusive membership!

£1,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Party in your name! - A private party for you, by you! Bring your friends, bring your music and bring some nibbles, the place is yours! Just tell us the date and we will make it happen! + 1 years exclusive membership!

£2,000 or more

1 of 5 claimed

The Gold Package

The Gold Package! - The Gold Package is the sum of all previous rewards! - A years Membership! - Raffle entry! - The Jam Jar! - Jam Jar Album! - Reopening party! - T-shirt! - Hoodie! - Special seat at the Banquet! - Party in your name!

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