JamTent - gets people closer to the artists they admire. It's a rare place where you can meet many people and artists from different backgrounds. This year more Cumbrian people got the chance to meet more artists from around the world over a two month period (including 3 intensive days at KC) than they would have done in the entire year had this project not gone ahead. This opportunity we have to work with KC, local charities etc, promoters and additional events could unlock opportunities for a lot of vulnerable people around the county and further afield funding permitting.
Providing opportunities for local people and artists to work alongside international talent sharing a diverse range of music and experience
Enhancing the work of local arts organisations, voluntary sector partners, promoters
Breaking down barriers by encouraging inclusive artist / audience interaction
Teaching a range of new skills
Reducing the costs associated with inviting artists to a rural area
Increasing the potential for new links to artists from outside of Cumbria and for sustained partnerships
A space for performing and sharing that corresponds with the more democratic, collaborative and online music business of today
JamTent is an action research project devised by MusicLinks that is being developed in partnership with Kendal Calling Festival. We also work with a host of other local partners. We have built on established partnerships and made new ones throughout the recent development of JamTent . We are grateful for the hard work of all the organisations that helped us to deliver the pilot workshop programme prior to the festival; Inspira, Oaklea Trust, Young Cumbria, Eden Community Outdoors, Monkey Business, Brathay, The Riversiders, Cumbria and Appleby Jam Band, Another Space, Cumbria Community Transport and Cumbria Voluntary Services.
We are keen to develop the project throughout Cumbria and funding permitting with more festivals further afield in the long run. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved in the future development of JamTent. Especially if you like to jam!