The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded four further years of funding as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) from Arts Council England (ACE). The award, worth £125,000 a year from 2018-2022, provides a solid foundation for NYJO’s ambitious plans, which include targeted touring and educational projects in areas of the country where jazz is currently under-represented.
The Arts Council’s National Portfolio Organisations represent some of the best arts practice in the country, and NYJO is proud to play its part in their mission of enabling great art and culture for everyone.
Nigel Tully, Executive Chair of NYJO, said:
“I’m pleased that NYJO has been awarded four more years of funding by the Arts Council, giving financial underpinning to our ambitious plans to enthuse more people with the jazz message throughout the country. Jazz education remains a postcode lottery in the UK; we want young people from all backgrounds to have the best possible chance to hear, enjoy and learn to play jazz if they want to, wherever they live. This is a welcome seal of approval and boost for our brilliant flagship orchestra, our weekly NYJO Academy, and our fast-expanding national programme of workshops inspiring the musicians and audiences of the future.”
Mark Armstrong, Artistic Director, comments:
“Against a backdrop of tightening budgets across the arts, this standstill funding is a great thing for NYJO, and for the wider jazz industry. Jazz is such a powerful art form for reaching young people and old, as an instrument for social change, and for creating connections across nations and cultures, and this core support from ACE shows that jazz is slowly but surely taking the place it deserves among the highest-respected art forms”
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