Company Details 2019

Who We Are - What We Do

Company Aims

Directors 2020


BlueJam is an arts and youth leadership delivery organisation with a full programme of workshop, training, professional and community performance activities. We run sessions in the community, in schools, for youth, adult and youth-led intergenerational groups. We initiate and collaborate on music, film, performance and digital art-centred work. Our specialism is Improvisation which we pursue through jazz workshops and performances and use as a discipline to inform the way we deliver our programmes and structure our group.We offer practical creative work experience weeks for Year 10 and 12s, volunteering and training opportunities for young adults and adults and technical support for performances.Our purpose is to encourage innovative and high-quality creative work that is accessible by the communities we work with alongside youth leadership and social interaction training.

BlueJam Cumbria is a company limited by guarantee with charitable objects. We run a non-profit making community music and arts programme.

BlueJam promotes the creation, performance and sharing of new music and new ways of making music in an accessible, multi media environment.

Our stated aims in our Memorandum are: to promote and advance involvement, participation and access to the arts and in particular music and to formulate and establish schemes and projects to use the arts within the community to encourage social inclusion and community cohesion primarily in Cumbria.

Non-executive Directors of the company (July 2019) are:

Geoff Bartholomew

Josh Jackson

Karen Barbier

Tom Leah

Heather Tipler

Sally Shenton

Krystl Mayes

Jilly Jarman (Company Secretary)

We started music workshops in 2002 as a community group and incorporated as a social enterprise in 2007.

Leadership Team 2019

Music & Arts Leaders


Partners & Collaborators

Jilly Jarman
Geoff Bartholomew
Richard Evans
Sean Haythornthwaite
Sarah Gray
Bryony Jarman-Pinto
Tom Leah
Josh Jackson
Rob Steels
Ella Jarman-Pinto
Katharine May
Michael Sanderson

Jilly Jarman – Creative Director
Geoff Bartholomew – Jazz Programme
Bryony Jarman-Pinto – Programme Development/London
Sarah Gray – BlueJam Arts NE
Tom Leah – Programme Development/NW
Ella Jarman-Pinto – Early Years

Cumbria Music Hub – partner
Eden Valley Artistic Network – partner
Jazz North – partner
Heathlands Trust, Carlisle
North Lakes Primary School
Brewery Arts, Kendal