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 2020-22…

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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…

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Kansas Smittys

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…

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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 and music…

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Future Sound 2020

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. Seven members of…

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Rolling into December with top jazz drummer Will Cleasby

Will Cleasby is a super talented drummer who hails from Lincolnshire, studied jazz performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and is now based in South East London. He’s part of a number of awesome projects including Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Judi Jackson and Mark Kavuma’s The Banger Factory and has played many of London’s top jazz…

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