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‘Jazz has always represented freedom of expression’ – David Austin Grey

‘Jazz has always represented freedom of expression’ – David Austin Grey

BlogApr 06 2021Comments Off on ‘Jazz has always represented freedom of expression’ – David Austin Grey

Did you know that 20 years ago on 30th April International Jazz Day was born? It was officially created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to recognise jazz music’s role in bringing people together around the world.   Our Career Development programme artists play a wide range of instruments with unique ...

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From challenge comes change – women in UK jazz

From challenge comes change – women in UK jazz

BlogMar 02 2021Comments Off on From challenge comes change – women in UK jazz

‘A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.’  That’s the message of this year’s International Women’s Day on 8th March – and it’s a super relevant one for the UK jazz world.  Only 5% of UK jazz instrumentalists are women according to Women In Jazz, one of the reasons Lou Paley and Nina Fine set up ...

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12 artists join our music industry career development programme

12 artists join our music industry career development programme

BlogFeb 02 2021Comments Off on 12 artists join our music industry career development programme

We’re super proud to be supporting 12 more exceptionally talented emerging artists through our latest Career Development Programme.  At a tougher than ever time for musicians, the vital 2-year programme aims to help create a more level playing field, as building and sustaining a career in music can be impenetrable for many artists.  The ...

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How can I help musicians in 2021?

How can I help musicians in 2021?

BlogJan 12 2021Comments Off on How can I help musicians in 2021?

It’s not feeling quite like the year for big, earth-shattering resolutions but taking some small, positive actions is good. We know you care about the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on the music industry too, so here’s three things you can do to help musicians in 2021. 1.Value musicians’ talent by paying for it! Back near the start ...

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How to write and express yourself through music – new Future Sound videos out now!

How to write and express yourself through music – new Future Sound videos out now!

BlogDec 01 2020Comments Off on How to write and express yourself through music – new Future Sound videos out now!

Ever wondered how musicians write their lyrics or songs? Or how they became artists? Well, our new video series could help you answer some of those questions. Future Sound Digital is all about expressing yourself through music and is available now, for free, on our YouTube channel.  Please watch and subscribe! There are 13 new short videos ...

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Stay true to your values in turbulent times: meet Collette Philip

Stay true to your values in turbulent times: meet Collette Philip

BlogNov 04 2020Comments Off on Stay true to your values in turbulent times: meet Collette Philip

As we write, the US election result hangs on a knife edge and a divisive campaign has highlighted how fractured the country is. Reflecting on events here in the UK, our thoughts turn to ‘what can we do to come together?’ Focusing on the change we can make in our own communities and networks is a powerful way to hold true to our ...

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Exciting artists announced for our Future Sound Digital music education programme

Exciting artists announced for our Future Sound Digital music education programme

BlogOct 06 2020Comments Off on Exciting artists announced for our Future Sound Digital music education programme

What do we do when a global pandemic means we can’t work with young people in schools?  We get creative, come together with some of the most exciting artists in town and produce an online music education project with a difference! Featuring super talented artists Arji Manuelpillai, Sans Soucis and Oscar Jerome and guided by experienced ...

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Why do we need music as schools reopen after Covid?

Why do we need music as schools reopen after Covid?

BlogSep 08 2020Comments Off on Why do we need music as schools reopen after Covid?

📷: Remy Archer As schools in England fully open their gates again in the wake of the pandemic, young people need music more than ever. But why? The return to school was accompanied by shocking headlines that the gap between rich and poor pupils grew by 46% in a year, with black and minority ethnic children having ‘gone backwards’ ...

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

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

BlogJun 30 2020Comments Off on 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 ...

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Trouble On The Homefront – In Memory of Abram Wilson

Trouble On The Homefront – In Memory of Abram Wilson

BlogJun 09 2020Comments Off on Trouble On The Homefront – In Memory of Abram Wilson

Photo credit: Benjamin Amure   Today is eight years since Abram passed away and it’s also almost eight years since Barack Obama was re-elected president for a second term. I keep thinking about how things might be different if his first bid for presidency had been pushed back four years. If he was president now as opposed to four years ...

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