Get Involved: Membership & Volunteering

Get Involved: Membership & Volunteering


Becoming a member is a great way to support The Vortex and gain benefits from regular attendance. Members help us sustain our status as a not for profit organisation and are key to helping us provide a stage night after night for performances that challenge Britain’s cultural mainstream. You can buy a membership for yourself or as a gift for the music nutter in your life. Of the 300+ concerts in a year, more than half can be attended for half price by members. And you know that you are helping us survive. We also value your comments about how the club can improve in terms of its and its programming.

All our members receive additional special privileges:

  • 50% discount on the member’s ticket 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 at Vortex Downstairs Cafe on food
  • 10% discount on Babel records
  • £1 off tickets at the Rio Cinema
  • Regular emails about forthcoming gigs and special offers
  • programme sent in the post every month
  • chance to bring non-members to tickets at £2 off (only for nights where members’ discount applies)

Single membership: £85 per annum

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

Double:  £120 per annum



Our Music Student membership is available at price of just £30 a year and offers access to all our gigs at a reduced price.  The full offer is:

1.     Initial membership fee of £30 pa.

2.     £3 admission for those gigs where there is a members’ discount. 

3.     £5 off the full price of gigs where there is no members’ discount.

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


Vortex is more than a venue: it’s run as not-for-profit company and is 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 just on passion, and musical quality then the Vortex would be the richest club in the world. But it needs financial assistance, however small.

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



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’s be no-one to unlock the door for musicians, do the sound, man the band etc.. Most volunteers make sure every night and every gig is played in a uniquely friendly atmosphere. Becoming part of the team means you get to 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 provide the sound engineering for most of our gigs. 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 are all amazing! If you want to become an part of our family is what you need to know:

  • You’ll generally need to be able to commit to 2 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 do not 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, I.T., and even just answering the phone. (You never know who you might meet.)

  • For all enquiries or to get involved email:


At different times, we have been fortunate that there have been major supporters who have helped in buying our Steinway piano, our lights and p.a. equipment. So, 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 want to look at ways how.

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: