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

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

BlogJun 02 2020Comments Off on 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 young ...

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Jazz in a time of lockdown

Jazz in a time of lockdown

BlogMay 03 2020Comments Off on 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 away, and ...

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

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

BlogMar 31 2020Comments Off on 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% of respondents ...

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Championing Women in Jazz

Championing Women in Jazz

BlogMar 02 2020Comments Off on 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 ...

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

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

BlogFeb 04 2020Comments Off on 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. ...

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A new jazz age: catching up with Yohan Kebede

A new jazz age: catching up with Yohan Kebede

BlogJan 07 2020Comments Off on A new jazz age: catching up with Yohan Kebede

Photo credit: Fabjola Biraci We’re roaring into the twenties with an exciting gig announcement! Pianist Yohan Kebede – who plays keys with jazz afrobeat ensemble Kokoroko – kicks off our 2020 programme with an exclusive event next month. He took a moment out for a chat. Jennie: Happy New Year!  2019 was a massive one for ...

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Double your donation & change young lives through music

Double your donation & change young lives through music

BlogDec 03 2019Comments Off on Double your donation & change young lives through music

Today, and for one week only, we are asking you to help us raise funds for an amazing project called Future Sound 2020, in our Big Give Christmas Challenge. Our first Future Sound project ran last year, won a national award and was transformational for the young people who took part, many of whom faced barriers to music and aspiration because ...

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