NYJO is delighted to announce it will receive major support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation through a grant of £30,000 spread over two years. The grant will help NYJO to continue to support the next generation of UK jazz musicians and to extend its national reach and impact.
It follows an extraordinarily successful 12 months for NYJO which included performances at the BBC Proms, London Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott’s, the release of a critically-acclaimed new album (The Change), appearances on national TV and radio, the move of its weekly rehearsals to the London Centre of Contemporary Music and the formation of the NYJO Academy (encompassing the three training ensembles and vocal class). The grant comes shortly after the announcement that Jazzlines in Birmingham will also receive a substantial grant from the Foundation.
NYJO Executive Chairman Nigel Tully commented:
“We are delighted to receive this award from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. It will help us to continue to offer a challenging and inspirational experience to the most talented young jazz musicians in the UK. Crucially, it will help us extend our reach nationwide, including more activity such as workshops for Music Hubs and schools. Jazz is an important art-form which is seriously under-recognised and under-valued in this country; it’s excellent to see a major Foundation backing jazz through both NYJO and Jazzlines.”
NYJO member, saxophonist Riley Stone-Lonergan said:
“NYJO has had a huge impact on my musical development since I started playing with the band 18 months ago, especially through working each week with some of the best young players in the country. I live in Leeds and the fact NYJO has been able to help with travel expenses makes a real difference as a young player. Finally, the performance opportunities, such as the Proms and Ronnie’s have been incredible. It’s exciting news for NYJO and jazz that the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation will support this work!”
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. They do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. It makes grants of £30 – £35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change. It also operates a £26 million Finance Fund which invests in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit.