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NYJC’s 15th Birthday


Happy 15th Birthday NYJC!

Help us raise our birthday target of £15,000 so we can expand our reach and continue to support talented young musicians and early professionals to develop their skills and become the new stars of the future – no matter what their financial background!

After an incredible 15 years of supporting the next generation of jazz musicians (with many going on to be BBC Young Jazz Musician Winners, winners at the Grammys, Parliamentary Jazz and Jazz FM Awards, or Paul Hamlyn and Ivor’s Composers Awards) we really need your help to reach our target of £15,000: So we can reach even more young musicians no matter what their financial background. Whether it’s through our regional workshops, annual Summer School and Short Course , on-line teaching resources or year-long professional development  Ambassadors Scheme, we’re there to support the creative needs of the nation’s up-and-coming jazz stars.

Will you help us help them realise their true potential and dreams, by helping us reach our £15,000 target?


£1000 funds a COMMISSION for a NEW WORK. We are aiming to commission 15 STAR ALUMNI FOR our 15th BIRTHDAY.  The works will be used across the entire programme & made available online for free (3 beginner, 3 intermediate, 4 short course & 5 summer school)

£450 funds an AMBASSADOR. We underwrite the entire programme offering it for free to graduate musicians interested in becoming creative leaders and part of NYJC’s alumni

£490 funds a full bursary for our SUMMER SCHOOL. We subsidise each place by £730 and charge participants £490. 10 of the 45 ask for full bursaries to cover the £490

£410 funds a TASTER WORKSHOP during audition tour days & summer school week which we offer for free so young musicians can find out what we do

£370 funds a bursary for a place on our SHORT COURSE  almost 1/3 apply for full bursaries

£180 funds a place on our CREATIVE LEADERSHIP ENSEMBLE.  We subsidise each place by £700 and charge participants £180 for the year – almost 1/3 apply for full bursaries

£180 funds a place on our REGIONAL WORKSHOP SERIES OF SIX SUNDAYS (Beginner intermediate advanced) – almost 1/3 apply for full bursaries

£80 funds an AUDITION. We underwrite 100% of the audition costs and offer them for free (as do all other National Youth Music Organisations)

Find out more about our alumni and their incredible achievements.

Since 2007…

… many BBC Jazz Musician of the Year winners are NYJC alumni
… 70% of the finalists and 75% or the winners are NYJC Alumni
…ALL female winners finalists & semi-finalists are from NYJC’s     Creative Leadership Ensemble
… 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
…82% of Summer School participants and 95% of regional participants can only access tuition in small group jazz improvisation via NYJC as they cannot do so at school or through their local Music Education Hub.
…50% of our Summer School participants cannot access GCSE or A Level Music courses.
and yet
90% of Summer School participants go on to Jazz degrees
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