Since its inception in 1965, thousands of young musicians have benefited from NYJO. As a registered charity, NYJO offers its band members and those involved in its educational programmes the chance to be part of a unique musical community of likeminded, passionate, talented young musicians. The critically-acclaimed performances and award-wining education work we deliver across the country would not be possible without the generous help of the many individuals, trusts and foundations which support our mission.

We are particularly grateful to our Chair Sponsors, who each support a particular ‘chair’ or instrument in the orchestra from £1,000 a year.

We would also like to thank the members of the Chairman’s Circle, who donate £5,000 or more to NYJO annually, for a minimum of three years. In addition to Gift Aid, their donations are matched pound for pound by Arts Council England’s Catalyst Evolve scheme; meaning a gift of £5,000 becomes worth £11,250 to NYJO. Higher-rate taxpayers can also claim tax relief on their donations to the scheme.

Support NYJO

We believe that jazz has a unique ability to inspire young people to a life-long involvement in music and the arts. However, it is increasingly difficult to raise the funds necessary to give young, talented jazz musicians around the country the opportunities they need to realise their potential. We are proud of the many Friends of NYJO who make regular donations and support our performances throughout the year.

You can help NYJO from as little as £2.50 a month. Support our work today using the donation box on this page, or follow the links to learn more about our Friends, Chair Sponsor and Chairman’s Circle schemes. For any queries please contact the NYJO office on or call on 020 7494 1733.


‘From an educational point of view, I think NYJO is one of our most valuable institutions in this country.’

The Hon. Richard C Lyttelton, Former President of EMI Classics and Jazz


Learn more about NYJO’s work in this video