How do I join the NYJO Academy?

Our taster days welcome prospective students to visit and try out our non-auditioned Academy ensembles, meet staff and current students and possibly secure a place.

Prospective participants will sit in on an entire rehearsal alongside current NYJO Academy members. Students must come with their instrument and be willing to play. We’re particularly looking out for trombonists, bassists and saxophonists to register for the day.

You can find a brief breakdown of each of our non-auditioned ensembles here; please use this as a guide in deciding which band to apply for at the taster day. For any further questions you can get in touch at 020 7494 1733.

We aim to give the opportunity for as many young musicians as possible to take part in the NYJO Academy but, as you can imagine, we can’t accommodate 27 drummers in a band! We’ll be in touch with everyone following the taster day to let you know if we can accommodate you or add you to our waiting list.

Busaries and Concessions

Full-time music students at higher-education establishments are exempt from fees.  To apply for this, please bring proof of your student-status with you on the first day of term.

We feel strongly that no committed student should be excluded from music making opportunities purely because of finances. Therefore, we distribute a range of full and partial bursaries to students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.  To enquire about these, please email Claire, in confidence, at

Is there a newsletter that I can receive to keep me updated with all NYJO educational activity?

Yes, there is! Our Academy Educational newsletter goes out monthly and includes details on our monthly Jazz Jams at Foyles Bookshop, as well as other opportunities from us and our friends. You can sign up to receive the newsletter HERE


For other Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

NYJO is committed to equal opportunities and zero tolerance to bullying. Download our equal opportunities statement here