The NYJO Chair Sponsorship Appeal was launched in London today (February 16th) with a formal presentation to potential donors. A small group of current NYJO musicians provided the music – amongst those involved in the presentation was world-renowned trumpet player Guy Barker, one of NYJO’s many famous alumni.
NYJO is seeking funding of £35,000 per year to enable it to fulfil the comprehensive educational and young musician development remit that is the reason for the organisation’s existence.
To meet that target the NYJO Chair Sponsorship Appeal is looking for a number of individuals and organisations to commit to support a specific orchestra ‘chair’ (e.g. lead trumpet, baritone sax, third trombone, drums) for 3 years, at a target rate of between £1000 – £2000 per year.
Long standing NYJO supporters, the Lords (Melvyn) Bragg, (David) Puttnam, (Tim) Clement-Jones, (Sebastian) Coe and (Anthony) Colwyn have all agreed to be Patrons of the NYJO Chair Sponsorship Appeal.
The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group, in the persons of MPs Michael Connarty and Bob Blizzard, is also a Patron.
In addition, the late Sir John Dankworth’s and Dame Cleo Laine’s Wavendon Foundation has agreed to lend its very welcome support to this worthy cause.
Individuals or companies interested in sponsoring a NYJO orchestra ‘chair’ should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.