NYJO is a charity (no 274578). We are only able to do our important work by building a mixed economy of income from statutory sources (such as Arts Council England), Trusts and Foundations, Corporate supporters, earned income from gigs and education projects, and individual donors, mostly via our valued circle of Friends.

Our relationships with our funders are about more than just the money. It’s about a shared love of music and a belief in the power of music education to improve the lives of young people, and we are proud to be associated with so many passionate individuals and organisations that are helping to champion our cause.



NYJO is very grateful to the following organisations for their support:



Trusts, Foundations and Sponsors Arts Council England

NYJO is an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). About 1/5 of our annual core costs are supported by ACE, in return for which we contribute to their goals of creating great art, available for everyone, and that engages children and young people.


Trusts, Foundations and Sponsors ABRSM

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music works with NYJO to develop progression routes in jazz education, including through graded music exams. ABRSM is particularly proud to support the development of young music leaders and encourage wider participation in jazz through initiatives such as the NYJO Jazz Messengers and Academy Mentors.


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Since the 1990s, BP has supported NYJO on a number of projects including the Three Nations Under One Groove project and the Jazz Orchestra’s appearances at Ronnie Scott’s London. These initiatives have enabled access to excellence in the arts for UK audiences whilst providing NYJO musicians with the opportunity to perform in world-class venues.


Trusts, Foundations and Sponsors The David Laing Foundation

The David Laing Foundation makes gifts to a wide range of charities with the emphasis on youth, disability and the arts. The Foundation is supporting NYJO’s Three Nations Under One Groove collaboration including a performance in partnership with the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust.


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Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank has been supporting the Three Nations Under One Groove collaboration since 2016, helping us to send our musicians on tour with our German and Dutch counterpart orchestras (BuJazzO and NJJO) every other year, and facilitate their visits to the UK some months later.


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The Eranda Rothschild Foundation

The Eranda Rothschild Foundation supports young musicians aged 16-19 to attend the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in California; an annual summer school for which NYJO is the UK recruitment partner. The remainder of each grant to NYJO supports our wider national education programme.


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Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation believes that everyone should have access to the benefits that the arts can provide. Their funding is supporting NYJO’s Regional Academies – and related work – that builds new provision and progression routes in parts of the country not currently well served by jazz education.


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Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation is contributing to NYJO’s Jazz Messengers programme; inspirational first-access schools concerts that inspire students to take up jazz instruments by using identifiable role-models.


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Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians UK provides support and opportunities to empower those working in the industry at all stages of their lives. NYJO is part of HMUK’s National Grants Programme, and their funding contributes to NYJO’s professional development programme that includes masterclasses, opportunities to develop as jazz educators, and travel bursaries for our musicians based outside the M25.


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Jack Petchey Foundation

The Jack Petchey Foundation support youth clubs, schools and organisations in East London with achievement award schemes, in order to recognise young people who have gone above and beyond to achieve. Their support goes directly to musicians at our NYJO Academy in London to further their musical experiences.


Trusts, Foundations and Sponsors The Leche Trust

The Leche Trust focuses their support on the development of young professionals. Their funding contributes to NYJO’s Three Nations Under One Groove collaboration with our German and Dutch Counterparts BuJazzO and NJJO.


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The Musicians’ Company

The Musicians’ Company is a City of London Livery Company that nurtures talent through outreach, live events, and scholarships and awards. The Company has been a major supporter of NYJO since 2002, its only such relationship with an organisation in the field of jazz.

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Peter Sowerby Foundation

Peter Sowerby worked as a GP and medical entrepreneur based in Yorkshire. The Foundation has a focus on projects in Yorkshire and the North East of England, and is working with NYJO to build jazz touring in the area, and on the development of NYJO’s Regional Academy in Darlington.

Trusts, Foundations and Sponsors Trevor James

The instrument manufacturer has supported NYJO by donating saxophones and flutes since 2013, allowing musicians from the Jazz Orchestra and Academy to explore ‘doubling’ instruments without the expense of purchasing them. In return, they seek our musicians’ feedback on their innovations.


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Universal Music UK Sound Foundation

Universal Music UK Sound Foundation (formally known as EMI Music Sound Foundation) provides an annual grant to NYJO which we use to support the wide-ranging development of our emerging professionals at no cost to them.


Trusts, Foundations and Sponsors Youth Music 

Youth Music supports projects that use music to change the lives of young people. They are working with NYJO to develop regular jazz education provision in ‘cold-spot’ areas and with participants facing challenging circumstances, in Cumbria, Lancashire, Wiltshire and Leicestershire.


Trusts, Foundations and Sponsors 29th May Charitable Trust

A new partnership for 2019, the Trust is supporting NYJO’s work to ‘Level the Playing Field in Jazz Education’, working with music education partners across the country to widen access to regular, high-quality jazz education provision, with a particular focus on ‘cold spots’ in the West Midlands.






 NYJO would also like to extend its thanks to the following organisations:



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