A reminder that the ensembles of the NYJO Academy (NYJO Academy Big Band, NYJO Academy Jazz Ensemble, NYJO London, NYJO Academy Vocal Class) are now on a summer break and there will be no Saturday rehearsals on 24 & 31 August and 7 September.
Rehearsals will resume on Saturday 14 September.
A reminder also that NYJO has reluctantly come to the conclusion that it must start to charge fees for attendance at all the bands and classes within the NYJO Academy, which are currently the NYJO Academy Big Band, the NYJO Jazz Ensemble, and the NYJO Vocal class. (NYJO London already makes a small charge to its attendees.) Sadly, economic circumstances, particularly the increasing difficulty of raising funds for arts charities such as NYJO, make it necessary for NYJO to break its 48-year-old tradition of not charging for attendance at its training bands, and charging will commence on Saturday 14 September 2013.
We have decided to start by charging £5 per session, payable in cash on the day of attendance. It is our intention to move to a pay-by-the-term structure in early 2014, but we wish to gain experience of the charging mechanism first. Young musicians or their parents who wish to pay for the period from September to Christmas 2013 in one lump sum will be offered a discount, and are invited to discuss this with one of the Trustees present at NYJO rehearsals (usually Jack Fallow, Ted Rockley, or Linda Hill), or to call or email Sean Corby in the NYJO office: email@example.com, or 020 7494 1733.
This step will bring NYJO into line with comparable organisations – NYJO has been almost unique in not charging for its educational activities.
We recognise that charging for attendance at the NYJO Academy may cause difficulties for some families. A limited number of bursaries are available for such hardship cases. NYJO is committed to ensuring that students wishing to attend the Academy are able to do so regardless of their economic circumstances. If you think that you may qualify for a bursary, please contact our Hon. Treasurer Gordon Silver at firstname.lastname@example.org .
NYJO is proud of its educational work, and is determined to continue it and maintain its existing high standards. This step will help to guarantee the future of the NYJO Academy.