Get Involved: Membership & Volunteering

Get involved: Membership & Volunteering

Membership and volunteering are two great ways of being a more active part of our community.



Becoming a member is a great way to support the Vortex and gain benefits from regular attendance. Of the 300+ concerts every year, members can attend more than half for half price.

Members help us sustain our status as a not-for-profit organisation and are key to helping us provide a stage for performances that challenge Britain’s cultural mainstream, night after night. You can buy a membership for yourself or as a gift for the music nutter in your life, and know that you’re helping us survive. We also value your comments about how the club can improve in terms of its programming.

All our members receive additional special privileges:

  • 50% discount for a large number of Vortex gigs
  • option to book in advance and pay on the door
  • priority seating in the club
  • invitations to member events
  • 10% discount on Babel records
  • Regular emails about forthcoming gigs and special offers
  • programme sent in the post every month

Single membership: £85 per annum

Concessions:  £60 per annum (JSA claimants & pensioners)

Double membership:  £120 per annum


Our music student membership is only £30 a year, and offers access to all our gigs at a reduced price.  The full offer is:

  • Initial membership fee of £30 pa
  • £3 admission for gigs where there’s a members’ discount
  • £5 off the price of gigs with no members’ discount

To join, or if you have any questions about membership, give us a call on 020 7254 4097, 12 to 6pm Monday to Friday, or email

The Vortex Membership Scheme will be updated in the New Year.


Vortex is more than a venue: it’s run as a not-for-profit company. We’re a community of musicians and music lovers who generously give their talents, time and money to make this place a thriving hub of artistic development and cultural exchange. If a jazz club could survive purely on passion and musical quality, then the Vortex would be the richest club in the world. But it needs financial assistance, however small.


Time is as valuable to us as money. Our dedicated team of volunteers are at the heart of the club and its activities. If we didn’t have volunteers there’d be no-one to unlock the door for musicians, do the sound, serve at the bar…

Our volunteers make sure every night and every gig is played in a uniquely friendly atmosphere. Becoming part of the team means you can listen to the music you love for free, discover new bands and musicians – and make new friends. Volunteers run the front of house and bar at all our gigs and often provide sound engineering. They help us set up before the start of the gig, work the bar, the door, and help to clear up at the end of the night.

But volunteers also help the club in other, less public ways. You can, if you wish, help in the office, just by answering the phone or more, distribute our monthly flyers in your own home area. Just ask and let us know what your skills are.

We love and appreciate every single volunteer because they’re all amazing! If you want to become an part of our family here’s what you need to know:

  • You’ll generally need to be able to commit to two gigs/month
  • Hours are typically 7pm – 11.30pm on an evening, sometimes later at weekends
  • You do not need bar experience to become a volunteer
  • You do need to like people and talking to people
  • If you’re thinking of joining us as an engineer, please note that you must be qualified as we don’t have the facility to provide training. Students towards the end of their course looking to gain more live engineering experience are welcome and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

We are also looking for volunteers who can help with activities in the office, such as administration, IT, and even just answering the phone. (You never know who you might meet.)

  • For all enquiries or to get involved, contact us at


At different times, we have been fortunate that there have been major supporters who have helped in buying our Steinway piano, our lights and PA equipment. You can support the club in other ways, such as sponsoring a gig, long-term monthly payments, help with improving our equipment or contributions to our charity, The Vortex Foundation. Contact Oliver Weindling if you’d like to discuss this.

Turn your unwanted CDs or books into live music

Donate your old CDs or books. We sell them on and use all the money raised to keep the performances going. Email: