Champions for Children appeal raises £8,000 for Future Sound!

Hot off the press! Our Champions for Children fundraising campaign smashed its target, raising an awesome £8,000 for Future Sound including gift aid.  Thanks to the generosity of 60 amazing donors and match funding support from Nigel Gibson, Anna Corbett and The Childhood Trust, we’ll now be able to bring our award-winning music learning programme…

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How can music bring hope in the wake of coronavirus? Launching our new Future Sound film and campaign

We’re super thrilled to reveal our latest Future Sound film!  And to announce that later this month we’re launching an exciting new campaign that gives you the chance to help us bring Future Sound to even more young people. Future Sound is a unique concept – an aspirational and inspirational music learning programme that pairs…

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Jazz in a time of lockdown

“Always look ahead, but never look back.” – Miles Davis Back in March our normal lives changed. Gigs and festivals were cancelled, music venues and schools closed and we were all urged to stay home to save lives. Musicians and artists making their living from live music and teaching found their income sources suddenly swept…

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5 things you can do to support jazz musicians during the Coronavirus pandemic

We can’t stress enough the impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on the income of musicians.  The cancellation of tours and festivals, plus closures of live venues and schools has hit hard. Last week a Musicians’ Union survey said that UK musicians had lost an estimated £13.9m in earnings so far and that 90%…

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Championing Women in Jazz

The themes of this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March are forging a gender equal world, celebrating women’s achievement, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. Our founder Jennie Cashman Wilson caught up with a woman who is doing just that in the jazz world, Nina Fine. Singer songwriter Nina and music…

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Future Sound 2020: inspiring the next generation of jazz musicians.

📷 Remy Archer Our Future Sound 2020 programme began this month, a unique and award-winning collaboration that aims to help develop and inspire the next generation of young jazz musicians. Mercury-nominated band SEED Ensemble are working with young people at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney and innovative jazz venue Church of Sound. Seven members of…

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Rolling into December with top jazz drummer Will Cleasby

Will Cleasby is a super talented drummer who hails from Lincolnshire, studied jazz performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and is now based in South East London. He’s part of a number of awesome projects including Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Judi Jackson and Mark Kavuma’s The Banger Factory and has played many of London’s top jazz…

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