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The beautiful historic town of Rye in East Sussex provides the perfect backdrop for the Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival. The festival, now in its 8th year, has become one of the leading boutique music festivals of its kind and continues to go from strength to strength. The development of the festival would not be possible without the generous support of businesses through sponsorship and individual patronage. This support enables the festival to continue to programme exciting content, bringing enjoyment to all who attend the festival in August and stand alone concerts and events throughout the year.

Corporate Sponsors

Associate your brand and business with success, quality & excellence. As a festival partner, your business and brand will receive substantial awareness and a significant return on its marketing investment.

Be part of an extensive and creative marketing programme which will provide your business with outstanding regional coverage across the South East, Kent, Sussex, Surrey and London. In addition to the extensive marketing benefits, the festival also provides a perfect opportunity to entertain existing and potential new clients.

The festival programme of events provides outstanding opportunities for our festival partners to take sole or joint ownership of one of these high quality presentations, venue and artist sponsorship opportunities are available for the festival’s ticketed events; in addition support from business is required to enable an extensive programme of free events for festival goers.

Sole or Joint Sponsor benefits include;

- 20 to 40 Premier reserved guest tickets in the front stalls (we can be flexible on final numbers)
- Pre-concert reception including bubbly, canapes and other drinks for you and your guests
- Meet and greet with the artist and signed cd’s for attendees
- Acknowledged and thanked within the high quality festival guide, regional concert publicity, on the website and on stage before the concert
- Invitation to the official August festival press launch event prior to the festival with Sparkling wine, Canapes, live music and the opportunity to meet fellow patrons and sponsors.

Please contact Ian Bowden our Festival Director if you would like further information on this wonderful opportunity. or 07931 755967

Follow this link to see our Corporate Marketing Showreel


Warners Solicitors

I can’t thank you guys enough, it was utterly fantastic. I had a brilliant day, as did my guests. Brilliantly executed, professionally managed and just so pleased that Warners could be your lead partner for the event.

Katrina Walker - Business Development Manager

Fidelity Internatiional

Such an amazing afternoon, everything ran so smoothly from start to finish. We were delighted with the marketing and brand exposure that you provided to us as your partners.
Vicki Haxton - Senior Manager Corporate Citizenship

Private Patrons

As a valued festival Patron you will be assisting the on-going development of one of the UK’s most exciting and growing boutique festivals. In return for your kind support, you will receive priority booking and ticket discounts to the festival and all live music events that we present throughout a calendar year.

You will have access to exclusive events and regular news updates. Our vision is to continue to present the very best in live music, bring vibrancy and fun to Rye and to provide the platform for emerging talent to perform to a wider audience.

Join us and be part of something incredibly exciting and fun.

Your Patronage package includes the following benefits:

- Two guest invitations to the official August festival press launch event prior to the festival with Sparkling wine, Canapes, live music and the opportunity to meet fellow patrons and sponsors.
- Acknowledged and thanked within the high quality festival guide that we produce and on the festival website.
- Priority ‘Premier’ reserved front seating for all headline concerts that you wish to attend.
- Regular festival news updates including advanced booking.
- 20% discount on all ticketed headline concert events presented by the festival within a calendar year.

Please contact us if you would like further information and wish to sign up to become a Patron.

Festival Director: or 07931 755967

Follow this link to see our Corporate Marketing Showreel

Artist Submissions

Thanks for your interest in appearing at the festival. We take submissions from artists between March and May and prioritise new and original work from regional performers of jazz, blues, folk, soul and related music. You might be solo, a duo or part of a band - we want to hear from you! The August festival runs over the August Bank Holiday weekend and is now in it’s 8th year. We look after our performers with great hospitality and marketing support.

Want to see what all the fuss is about? Follow this link to see our showreel

Now get involved! Please send an email to and include a short bio, links to videos (especially live) and anything else you think might be of interest. Everything will be listened to and we try to respond to everyone.

Volunteer With Us

Thanks for your interest in volunteering at the festival. We are always on the look out for hard working and enthusiastic local people to volunteer with us and help deliver a stellar festival! If you have festival or event management experience we are especially interested in hearing from you.

Want to see what we do? Follow this link to see our showreel

Please email and tell us a little about yourself. We’ll be in touch to let you know about the different volunteering opportunities we have available.

Thursday - £15.00 per person

  • Return service from Rye Station to De La Warr Pavilion.
  • Pick up 5.15pm / Return 10.15pm
  • £15.00 return per seat

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