Monday, April 24, 2017

Chairman’s Circle


Chairman’s Circle members donate £5,000 or more to NYJO annually, for a minimum of three years, and 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.

The Chairman’s Circle is therefore a major contributor to NYJO’s work in nurturing the next generation of UK jazz musicians, and it allows NYJO to plan ahead with confidence and develop its work to have even more impact across the country – especially through its award-winning learning and participation programme, which focuses on areas of low-cultural engagement and poor arts provision. Tim Smart became the first member of the Chairman’s Circle in 2016.

Tim Smart

Tim Smart has been working in the public sector since 2008, after 30 years with Shell and BT, and is committed to helping inner city youth overcome disadvantage. He said: “I am delighted to become a patron of NYJO. I am most impressed by the opportunities that NYJO creates for young people to fulfill their potential.”



John East joined the Chairman’s Circle in December 2016. He spent his entire career in the City, initially as a stockbroker, but for many years as a corporate financier and has founded two Stock Exchange firms.

His second company, John East & Partners, was acquired in 2007 and became part of international financial giant Sanlam.  He is a  director of and shareholder in a number of private companies, a partner in the 606 jazz club and leads, as an amateur playing  the Hammond Organ and singing, a seven piece professional jazz band, The John East Project.

He said: “I am delighted to have joined Tim as a patron of NYJO.  It is a wonderful training ground for talented young musicians.”


If you would like to discuss becoming a member of the Chairman’s Circle, please contact Jonathan Carvell at the NYJO office: | 020 7494 1733.