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NYJC’s 15th Birthday


Help us raise £15,000 to celebrate our 15th birthday

Your generous support will help us reach talented young jazz musicians across the country and build a vibrant, diverse jazz sector.

The National Youth Jazz Collective (NYJC) empowers the next generation of jazz musicians to learn, improvise, compose, arrange and lead bands. Founded in 2007 by award-winning Artistic Director Issie Barratt, NYJC supports the creative needs of young improvisers and composers, providing pathways of progression for beginners to young professionals. The annual Summer School and regular regional sessions are delivered by our faculty of 75 experienced teaching artists, including many NYJC alumni. We are unique within the music education sector as we focus solely on small group jazz improvisation and composition. Using our tried and tested approach, NYJC plays a vital role in providing professional development opportunities to enable young musicians to become successful performers and educators.

Find out more about our alumni and their incredible achievements.

Since 2007…

… many BBC Jazz Musician of the Year winners are NYJC alumni
… 80% of the finalists are also NYJC Alumni
… many of NYJC’s alumni have gone on to win Grammys®, Parliamentary Jazz Awards, JazzFM Awards, Paul Hamlyn & Ivor Novello Awards for Composers and have been nominated for Mercury Awards
… NYJC has become a trusted provider of musicians and educators by the tertiary education community
… 90% of Summer School participants go on to Jazz degrees
… most of the remaining 10% study Jazz at postgraduate level.

In the space of seven and a half years, NYJC grew from a pilot summer school (2007) to a company (2010) and charity (2011) and into one of Arts Council’s England’s top-ranking National Portfolio Organisations (2015)
In 2014 our Artistic Director was awarded the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Education
In 2017 NYJC received the Music Teachers Awards for Excellence: Best Musical Initiative
In 15 years NYJC’s faculty of teaching artists has grown from 10 to 75 – 16% of the faculty graduated from NYJC’s ambassador training scheme and 11% are NYJC alumni

“NYJC got me into Jazz. I probably wouldn’t be anywhere near what I’m doing today without NYJC …. It’s the best tuition you can get”

Alexandra Ridout – 2016 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year

“NYJC has established itself as the primary means through which young, like-minded jazz players can meet to play and learn together. The Summer School and feeder regional programmes are an invaluable opportunity to experience the highest level of jazz education while forging significant and sometime life-long musical peer partnerships.”

Nick Smart – Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music