NYJO currently has active relationships with 29 Music Education Hubs around the country, whom we work with to deliver workshops and performance opportunities for young people.  We are thrilled that nine of these have evolved into long-term fruitful partnerships, where we contribute to their jazz strategies.

These partners have become NYJO Feature Partners and represent our highest tier of partnership.  We are now committed to working for the next five years (at least!) with the following music hubs, allowing us to develop deeper reach and sustained support for their jazz activities:

Accent Music Education Hub

“Accent Music Education Hub is responsible for ensuring that all children between the ages of 5 and 18 across Warrington and Halton have access to high quality Music Education, music-making opportunities and exposure to high quality concerts both in and out of school. We work with approximately 7,000 children per week.

Accent MEH was delighted to be selected as one of five Music Education Hubs included in NJYO’s Jazz Messengers pilot project in Autumn 2017. The project aimed to bring Jazz Music to a wide range of pupils through a series of school-based concerts, introducing Jazz as an alternative musical pathway to Classical or Pop/Rock and inspiring pupils to begin learning. Over 700 pupils attended the concerts. The response from pupils, staff and the NJYO Jazz Messengers team was very positive.

Accent MEH want to continue working together with NYJO to develop further opportunities which will encourage the development of an embedded and engaging Jazz progression pathway for pupils in the region.”

Janice Pounds, Strategic Lead


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Cumbria Music Service

 NYJO Feature Partners “We are extremely proud to have established a genuine working partnership with NYJO who bring a vibrancy to each of the projects we have worked on to date. We know it’s a long way to Cumbria, but we think it’s worth overcoming the logistical challenges as our young people deserve equal access to high quality experiences and NYJO have always been very supportive in helping us achieve this.

We look forward to working with NYJO as a Feature Partner which we think will further raise the profile of the work and support for our young people by providing them with unique opportunities to experience working with professional musicians as well as experiencing high quality collaborative performance opportunities both within and beyond Cumbria.”

Simon Yeo, Music Service Manager

Deal Festival of Music and the Arts

Deal Music & Arts’ festival brings international artists to Deal, Dover, Sandwich and Thanet every summer, and runs an associated year-round education programme, which includes work with schools, children, young people, adults, local artists, and community groups. Deal Music & Arts focuses on projects that are artistically of the highest merit and creativity, and provides experiences for those who would otherwise not get the chance to take part in the arts.

They have been a partner with NYJO since 2015, including performances at the festival, school workshops and supporting the professional development of the NYJO Ambassadors through the Jazz Journey project.


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Devon Music Hub

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Devon Music Education Hub works with schools, music educators and a range of local, regional and national partner organisations to create all kinds of opportunities for children and young people in Devon to have an excellent, high quality music education. Supported using public funding from the Department for Education and Arts Council England, Devon Music Education Hub is tasked with delivering the core and extension roles of the National Plan for Music Education.

Our work includes supporting progression opportunities for young musicians through direct funding for a network of music centres and ensemble opportunities, including Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra (DYJO) and South Devon Youth Jazz. Devon has long been recognised for excellence in jazz education and has been presented with the Will Michael Jazz Education Award on a number of occasions. We are delighted to be a NYJO feature partner and, over the year ahead, we will also work with, amongst others, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Future DJs, Friday Afternoons, Charanga Music, Live Music Now, Open Orchestras and the Royal Opera House.

Devon Music Education Hub is led by Babcock LDP as part of a joint venture with Devon County Council. Find us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram @DevonMusicEdHub

Durham Music Service

 NYJO Feature Partners Information coming soon

Ealing Music Service

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Kingston Music Hub

 NYJO Feature Partners “We have been working with NYJO since 2014 and it has already had a huge impact on the young people within our service.  Not only have we worked on introducing creative music making and escaping the dots with KS2 students but we have also been able to implement a brand new jazz ensemble which now has 21 members who all improvise readily and with confidence.

Becoming a Feature Partner will now consolidate this relationship in order that we can continue to build on the fantastic work getting jazz out there to our young people!”

Dawn Wren, Deputy Head


Lancashire Music Hub

For young musicians in Lancashire, working with the NYJO Ambassadors was an inspiring opportunity to connect with, and learn from some of the UK’s finest young jazz musicians. The chance to work with organisations such as NYJO can be few and far between outside of London, particularly in more isolated rural areas, and the meaningful partnerships NYJO is building with Music Hubs ensures their work has the highest impact across the country.

NYJO has a strong track record in nurturing the next generation of professional jazz musicians, but they will also inspire a generation of young people to open their ears and minds to jazz and improvised music, and benefit from the lifelong opportunities and enrichment this brings.”

Cath Sewell, Regional Manager


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Leicester-shire Music Hub

 NYJO Feature Partners “Historically we have had an extremely positive working relationship with NYJO and are we are therefore delighted to be an NYJO feature partner moving forward. As a Hub our vision is to inspire, motivate and lead all children and young people of Leicester and Leicestershire towards exciting, rewarding, high quality, inclusive and progressive musical experiences that complement, support and enhance their overall education; our partnership with NYJO is another firm step towards achieving our vision.”

Chris Bale, Deputy Service Manager



“Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service (THAMES) leads the Music Education Hub for Tower Hamlets and The City of London. Working closely with all schools we provide quality music and arts education for all children and young people in both Tower Hamlets and the City. THAMES works in partnership with 40+ local and national arts organisations to develop projects and programmes that respond to local needs.

We’re delighted to be working in partnership with NYJO on our Progression in Jazz programme to inspire and support young people to develop their musical proficiency, creativity and confidence, and in particular, to explore jazz as a genre. The project will provide young wind and brass players with high quality coaching and performance opportunities led by inspirational young artists. It will develop instrumental playing skills, introduce creative composition and improvisation, inspire engagement in local out of school musical activities, and actively involve parents/carers in the process; ultimately leading to a more inclusive and diverse jazz sector.”

Alison Porter, THAMES

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Wiltshire Music Centre


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 Information coming soon!


If you would like to join this growing list of  NYJO Feature Partners, please contact Claire Furlong, Learning & Participation Manager on 020 7494 1733