Introducing our new Creative Director, Mercy Welbeck

We are thrilled to announce that Mercy Welbeck will be joining Abram Wilson as Creative Director from July! Mercy, also known by her artist moniker MEI, is a multi-disciplinary artist and creative producer from South London. After graduating from the London College of Contemporary Music, Mercy went on to launch her solo artist project which has been supported by Help Musicians,…

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Pitching to Festivals: Our top tips

We recently hosted a free online workshop for any artists interested in learning about pitching to festivals.  The workshop was led by a member of the We Out Here production team and by Oliver Carruthers, Interim CEO of Abram Wilson, who has extensive experience curating festivals, events and booking artists including as Director of Gulbenkian Canterbury, Artistic Director of Rich Mix and…

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Apply now for a chance to perform at the ABRAM WILSON WE OUT HERE Takeover!

We’re sooo excited to be returning to the We Out Here Festival to takeover the Big Top for the third year running! This time we have joined up with the We Out Here team to run a competition in which two artists can win a place to perform at the Abram Wilson takeover, taking place in the Big Top on Thursday…

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News! Creative Director and Joint-CEO

We’re looking for an ambitious, strategic leader ready to roll up their sleeves, establish a creative vision and take responsibility for leading the team and delivering Abram Wilson’s next steps. We need someone who appreciates the practicalities of running a small charity, and who has the insight and appetite for the financial, fundraising and day-to-day…

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Join us at the next House of Jazz

Join us on Friday 22nd March for our second House of Jazz party 🎉 Our House of Jazz fundraising events are set in unique and exciting venues not normally open to the public, bringing together the very best artists for a special night of immersive live music. Here’s a reminder of how awesome the first event was! This…

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Help us keep the music playing, with Future Sound 2024

When drummer Femi Koleoso accepted the Mercury Prize on behalf of Ezra Collective in September, he spoke powerful words about the importance of grassroots youth music organisations in the UK. He said: “This moment that we’re celebrating right here is testimony to good, special people putting time and effort into [helping] young people to play…

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Future Sound Manchester on film

We’re pleased to share the video highlights of our latest Future Sound programme, which ran earlier this summer in Manchester.  You can watch it here.  The project was led by saxophonist, composer and bandleader Emma Johnson – with musicians Richard Jones, Alex Robinson, Nishla Smith, Nick Williams and Aaron Wood – who collaborated with students…

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Jennie to step down as CEO

We have some big news to share from our founder and CEO Jennie Cashman Wilson and Chair of Trustees Collette Philip. Jennie will be stepping down as CEO of the Abram Wilson charity on 31 August. Jennie says:  “It’s been the honour and privilege of my life to build something in Abram’s name and continue…

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Supporting emerging creatives : a publisher’s perspective 

As with many creative industries, getting started in illustrating can be tough. Not all publishers are willing to put time and resources into nurturing and commissioning new talent.  When our CEO Jennie Cashman Wilson began to develop her new book Becoming Brave, her vision was to work with an emerging illustrator.  Her publisher, Little Tiger,…

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