Today marks the beginning of an exciting new partnership between NYJO and ABRSM (the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music). The collaboration was announced at ABRSM’s annual UK Teacher Conference, where NYJO musicians led music teachers in an inspiring jazz workshop.
The partnership will see ABRSM and NYJO work together on three priorities:
- Raising the profile of jazz education in the UK: by making it clearer what the progression routes are for promising young jazz musicians.
- Focusing improvements in areas of low cultural engagement and poor arts provision: by delivering inspirational performances and workshop sessions by NYJO musicians and through providing mentoring for emerging next-generation jazz musicians.
- Developing new resources to help support young musicians and teachers: by combining the collective expertise of both organisations to sustain engagement in jazz.
Lincoln Abbotts, the Executive Director of Strategic Development at ABRSM, said:
“We’re delighted to support NYJO’s work in raising the profile of jazz and in championing jazz education”.
NYJO’s Executive Chair, Nigel Tully, said:
“We want the progression routes for jazz to be as clear and available everywhere for young musicians as they are for classical players, and this partnership will help us to spread the jazz message much more widely.”