photo credit: Benjamin Amure
Founded in 2012, the Abram Wilson Foundation (AWF) is inspired by the late, great Abram Wilson and the values he embodied as both a critically acclaimed, award winning musician and an inspiring educator. His legacy and spirit live on in our work and those who are proud to have called him their teacher and mentor. In his short life, Abram achieved greatness. The Foundation exists to help others do the same.
The Abram Wilson Foundation supports young people to achieve their greatness through music.
What do we aim to do?
- To equip young people with 21st century skills
Engagement in the arts helps develop key skills such as creativity and confidence – skills that are crucial for young people to thrive in and adapt to the rapid-paced change of 21st century society.
- To improve access to the arts
Since 2010 the arts have been squeezed out of the curriculum risking a two-tier system where those from underprivileged backgrounds continue to be deprived access to a creative education and/or career. We want to address this inequality and help make the arts accessible for all.
- To help support the future of music in the UK
Through our growing music platform, we are helping to launch and sustain the careers of talented up and coming musicians.
How do we do it?
- Creative workshops in schools combining music with drama, dance and creative writing
- Training for teachers to help them teach more creatively
- Mentoring for talented, up and coming musicians
- Training for our mentees to become workshop leaders
- Live performances in the form of showcase events, gigs and touring
Who do we work with?
- Disadvantaged young people between 11-16 years with little or no engagement in the arts
- Talented up and coming musicians in the early to mid-stages of their careers
What do we mean by greatness?
- Developing skills under our 5Cs: Creativity, Confidence, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking
- Succeeding in a full-time sustainable creative career
What role does music play?
The vast majority of our artists are trained in jazz and are inspired by everything from New Orleans, folk, afrobeat, hip-hop/grime, and Latin influences.
How do we make our work sustainable?
We aim to emulate the lessons we learned from Abram, an artist who was as much dedicated to his career as a professional musician as he was to passing on his knowledge to the next generation, inspiring his students to have the confidence to thrive. Since 2012 we have laid the foundations for a Lifelong Learning Model where we build an ever-increasing cohort of artists and educators who remain engaged with AWF throughout their careers, paying it forward by acting as role models, mentors and educators and in turn ‘recycling their greatness’.