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How an international childhood inspired my fusion style – Ayo Salawu

How an international childhood inspired my fusion style – Ayo Salawu

BlogSep 12 2018Comments Off on How an international childhood inspired my fusion style – Ayo Salawu

Our newest Late Night Jazz showcase events kick off again later this month at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, yay!  So I caught up with London-based drummer Ayo Salawu who plays our first gig of the series on 26th September.  Ayo drums with Kokoroko, Oscar Jerome and Julia Biel and is fast making his name on the UK circuit, after ...

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Five lessons I’ve learned from taking the big leap

Five lessons I’ve learned from taking the big leap

BlogAug 28 2018Comments Off on Five lessons I’ve learned from taking the big leap

At the beginning of September 2015 I was unceremoniously pushed over a cliff edge that I’d been standing on for way too long. I was forced to suffer the humiliation of being fired in order to be persuaded to leap and focus on the Abram Wilson Foundation full-time. That was three years ago and I want to share five lessons that I’ve learnt ...

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Stepping out – how can music change your life?

Stepping out – how can music change your life?

BlogAug 14 2018Comments Off on Stepping out – how can music change your life?

Photo credit: David Choi Achieve Your Greatness (AYG) is our arts education programme for 11 to 16 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds, combining music with theatre, dance and spoken word. We train up and coming musicians and artists who pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation by going into schools to deliver creative ...

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Announcing new grants from PRS Foundation and Arts Council England for unique music education project!

Announcing new grants from PRS Foundation and Arts Council England for unique music education project!

BlogAug 01 2018Comments Off on Announcing new grants from PRS Foundation and Arts Council England for unique music education project!

We’re delighted to announce an exciting new and exceptional collaboration with two of our faves: up-and-coming Afrobeat-jazz band Kokoroko and award-winning jazz promoters and AWF Associate Artists Church of Sound! Thanks to generous grants worth £17,000 from PRS Foundation and Arts Council England we’ll be presenting Sunday School.   ...

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Does jazz have a glass ceiling?  Nikki Yeoh on smashing it and being brave with Courtney Pine

Does jazz have a glass ceiling? Nikki Yeoh on smashing it and being brave with Courtney Pine

BlogJul 17 2018Comments Off on Does jazz have a glass ceiling? Nikki Yeoh on smashing it and being brave with Courtney Pine

Photo credit: Nick White Birmingham is one of the many special places where Abram inspired young people with his warmth, enthusiasm and music. Back in 2012 he was working there with 350 children on a new commission for the city’s Symphony Hall to be performed as part of their first ever Generation Ladywood Showcase Event. Sadly Abram never ...

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Why believing in your greatness is a very special thing

Why believing in your greatness is a very special thing

BlogJul 03 2018Comments Off on Why believing in your greatness is a very special thing

Video and photo credit: David Choi   We’re super thrilled to share our new video, which we hope captures the purpose and spirit of our Achieve Your Greatness (AYG) arts education programme over the last year.  We’d love to know what you think?  Not only that but the writing juices have been flowing here at AWF HQ to produce our ...

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How to get into music law (hint – become a producer and sound engineer first)

How to get into music law (hint – become a producer and sound engineer first)

BlogJun 20 2018Comments Off on How to get into music law (hint – become a producer and sound engineer first)

Introducing mega supporter of AWF, Tom Frederikse! Tom is a Partner at Clintons, an award winning boutique law firm, based in Covent Garden in Central London. It’s a market leader in the entertainment, digital media and creative industries and is highly regarded for its family, litigation, property and corporate work. Tom is also our pro ...

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A letter to Abram six years on

A letter to Abram six years on

BlogJun 07 2018Comments Off on A letter to Abram six years on

Photo credit: Benjamin Amure   I asked you first, to marry me. I asked you because your mom had just told me that you only had a few days left to live and the first words out of my mouth were, “But we were going to spend the rest of our lives together.” to which she replied, “You can still get married.” So I asked you in a ...

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What are your top songs of the summer? Bassist for Jorja Smith, Mutale Chasi gives us his

What are your top songs of the summer? Bassist for Jorja Smith, Mutale Chasi gives us his

BlogMay 22 2018Comments Off on What are your top songs of the summer? Bassist for Jorja Smith, Mutale Chasi gives us his

Image credit: Patricia Pascal   How did you get into music, was it always in your life? Music has always been in my life, from singing along to hymns in church with my parents as a child, to intently listening to the radio trying to record songs on to cassette tapes using my uncle’s old radio. Back then I thought my mixtapes were fire! ...

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WHAT BUDDING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS SHOULD KNOW AND OTHER GEMS FROM TOG CO-CEO CHARLIE GREEN

WHAT BUDDING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS SHOULD KNOW AND OTHER GEMS FROM TOG CO-CEO CHARLIE GREEN

BlogMay 01 2018Comments Off on WHAT BUDDING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS SHOULD KNOW AND OTHER GEMS FROM TOG CO-CEO CHARLIE GREEN

Charlie Green is Co-CEO of The Office Group (TOG), which he founded in 2003 with Co-CEO Olly Olsen pursuing a shared vision to challenge the traditional serviced office market with a design led offering that addressed the changes that were emerging in how people were working. Charlie has been a long-time supporter of our own founder, Jennie ...

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