Good News for Jazz
3 September 2013
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra has received a major award from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, through a grant of £30,000 spread over two years. This grant will help NYJO in its work to support the next generation of UK jazz musicians.
NYJO executive chairman Nigel Tully said: 'Jazz is an important art-form which is seriously under-recognised and under-valued in this country. It's excellent to see a major Foundation backing jazz. This award will help us extend our reach nationwide, including more workshops for Music Hubs and schools.'
For almost 50 years, NYJO has offered aspiring young jazz musicians under the age of 25 the chance to rehearse, write and gain experience performing big-band jazz. The orchestra and its training bands meet almost every week in different areas of the country. The last year has been an exciting one for NYJO, including performances at the BBC Proms, London Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott's. They have also recently formed the NYJO Academy, encompassing three training bands and a vocal class.
The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation will also be supporting jazz education through a substantial grant for Jazzlines, Birmingham.