Please invest in us so that we can continue to invest in Guildford’s creative community.
We are a music and arts community hub in Guildford. For 9 years we have been producing live music events at our 300 cap music venue. Over the years we have developed our programming considerably, bringing national and international touring acts to Guildford like Soweto Kinch, Ed Sheeran, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Reel Big Fish, The Bronx, First Aid Kit (to name a few); as well as booking for external events like The Boileroom stage at Redfest, Guildford Beer Festival, Magic Summer Live, and Staycation Godalming.
We are avid supporters of our local creative community and have many projects that we run, including:
The Project: Community youth music programme for 8-19 year olds, currently engaged with over 50 young people providing mentoring, performance opportunities and apprenticeships (currently running 8-10 work placements each year). The Project aims to give young musicians who are just starting out the experience of performing to a live audience, assisting in finding their creative identity and guidance on their journey.
Guildford Feminist Society: Monthly inclusive community group discussing feminist issues, social development and how support can be offered to others. Our aim is to set a positive goal by the end of each session to be put into effect by the following meeting. We are supporters of Hollaback’s Good Night Out campaign, who offer training and policies in place for employers and their staff to tackle sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and leisure industry.
The Boileroom Choir: Weekly choir rehearsals, exploring contemporary and traditional choral pieces. Devising new pieces of work, currently working on a performance for the Magna Carta festival at Runnymede in 2015
Vintage Guildford: A large vintage fair held at Guildford Cathedral four times a year accompanied by a music programme of community choirs and young musicians (some from The Project ). The fair also supports local producers of vintage products, homemade bakery goods, charities and craft.
Craft Club: A monthly inclusive club for attendees of all levels and abilities in a social, friendly environment.
Boileroom Creates Space: New for 2015, we are refurbishing the upper level of our building to provide creative start ups with space to evolve their business, incubate ideas and generally provide a positive environment to create.
More recently in 2014/2015 we were awarded the title of Best Bar None overall winner and also picked up the award for Best Independent Pub. Unanimously selected by the judges, we were praised for exceeding Best Bar None criteria, for its excellent community and charity engagement, and for investment in young people. We were also applauded for taking the emphasis of pub life away from ‘vertical drinking’ by providing a place of entertainment that offered a positive and safe experience to our customers.
We were also the 100th venue to be awarded Bronze status from Attitude Is Everything, an organisation that improves deaf and disabled people’s access to live music – inclusivity is really important to us, we believe that there should be no barriers for anyone to enjoy live music.
For 9 years, we have developed and thrived without financial aid; but due to many factors this has become increasingly difficult, and to ensure our survival we are reaching out to our local community.
We need your help to continue with this work and develop our new creative space, we love what we do with a passion that is limitless.