Innovative and inclusive music and arts in Cumbria and NE


BlueJam Arts CIC is an innovative community music and arts organisation based in Penrith, Cumbria.

We run a full programme of inclusive creative workshops, training, and professional and community performance activities and events – everything from 121 music lessons, a children’s orchestra and jazz jams to gamelan groups, painting sessions and gigs (and most things in between!).

Our specialism is improvisation, which we pursue through jazz workshops and performances, and also use as a discipline to inform the way we deliver the programmes and structure groups. We initiate and collaborate on music, film, performance and digital art-centred work, which we deliver through sessions in the community, in schools and at our Art Space.

Do get in touch if you’d like to hear more about our work and how you can get involved.

Latest News…

  • Family friendly Art Trail Party Sat Sep 9th 2-5pm
    Join us inside and outside BlueJam Arts Space for snacks, live music and painting. All welcome!
  • GIG: Chloë Cacau + Asha Nicholson
    Come to BlueJam on Sunday 20th August (7:30pm) to hear original compositions from two local singer-songwriters currently based at the artist residency Kin Hill, near Brampton. Chloë Cacau is a vocal improviser who weaves poetry, jazz and the musicality of…
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  • Summer Break!
    Some of our regular groups are taking a break over the summer and will begin meeting again in September 2023. Here are the groups affected: Children’s OrchestraBJambaShap Community BandGamelan for WellbeingBlueJam SingersJilly’s Online Jazz Practice Sessions If you have any…
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    The film of the Brass Drums Trains project with the commissioned composition by BlueJam Director Jilly Jarman as the soundtrack is finally finished! You can watch it HERE on YouTube – or click on the video below.