Four reasons why emerging musicians need your support right now

The triple whammy of Covid, Brexit and the cost-of-living crisis has hit artists working in the music industry hard. On top of this, some musicians also continue to face barriers of systemic racism and misogyny. With all this in the mix, emerging musicians need our support now more than ever.

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In conversation with: Reuben James

Critically-acclaimed jazz musician and AWF patron Reuben James was just 17 when he was asked to join Abram’s band, offering him a chance to raise his profile and develop his skills as a pianist. In 2013 Reuben was approached to play with a then up-and-coming singer called Sam Smith. He’s subsequently toured the world with…

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‘There is power in knowledge’: meet Sheila Maurice-Grey

Hot off the back of celebrations for ‘Abusey Junction’ winning ‘Track of the Year, 2018’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM awards last week, I caught up with KOKOROKO band leader and trumpet-player Sheila Maurice-Grey.  Sheila’s one of the super-talented musicians selected for our career development programme, plus a dedicated schools workshop leader and accomplished visual…

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