The NYJO Jazz Exchange



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What is the NYJO Jazz Exchange?

Launching in January 2020, the NYJO Jazz Exchange will kick-start ten musicians’ professional careers.

Over two years, these individuals will be guided by world-class mentorship, regular rehearsals, paid performances and wider professional development opportunities.


Who is the NYJO Jazz Exchange for?

The NYJO Jazz Exchange is for inquisitive and unconventional young professional musicians. We’re looking for individuals who are committed to developing their creative voice and making original music with others.

  • Are you looking to expand your musical network and meet a like-minded group of young musicians from across the UK?
  • Do you want to develop your art and perform on a professional stage?
  • Would you like to pursue a non-conventional performance career, but you’re not quite sure how to go about it?


Read more about the criteria.

What the NYJO Jazz Exchange will receive

Over two years, from January 2020, the NYJO Jazz Exchange cohort will take part in:

  • Monthly half-day rehearsals with Orphy Robinson (held on Saturdays)
  • Regular paid performance opportunities across the country
  • Professional development opportunities including; working as NYJO Ambassadors (apprentice jazz educator), being commissioned to compose and arrange music, learning about Hearing Health, union membership and writing funding applications
  • Youth Voice Forum
  • Travel and accommodation costs where necessary


All members will work with Orphy Robinson and NYJO’s Artistic Director, Mark Armstrong, to create and review their personal development plan which will outline what your goals are and the steps you need to need to take to achieve them.


Meet the Coach: Orphy Robinson

The first cohort of successful applicants will be coached by award-winning instrumentalist, Orphy Robinson MBE. Orphy works in a variety of forms including jazz, free improvisation and funk. He has a long-standing association with violinist Nigel Kennedy.


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Why the NYJO Jazz Exchange is needed

Whilst traditional educational routes remain vital to jazz, some musicians seek different pathways. For the first time, NYJO’s national professional programme will reach those pursuing alternatives to the traditional jazz orchestra format, through the creation of a new ensemble.

This is the first time that our established Jazz Orchestra model will cater for a wider range of young musicians.


More information

Find out How to Apply for the NYJO Jazz Exchange

Read through the Application Questions before applying

Read our Frequently Asked Questions

Read the NYJO Jazz Exchange Press Release


Contact us

Please get in touch with Claire Furlong, Learning & Participation Manager on 02074941733 or


The NYJO Jazz Exchange is jointly funded by Arts Council England and the Peter Sowerby Foundation.