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 programme…

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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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Miles Davis and the Foo Fighters, Drummer Will Cleasby Talks Musical Heroes and Rugby Tackles!

Image credit: David Choi http://choidavid.com/   Will Cleasby is a jazz drummer originally from Lincolnshire and now based in south east London studying Jazz Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with tutors Dave Wickins and Gene Calderazzo. Since arriving in London three years ago, Will has become a working musician in London,…

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How to love your birthday

Photo credit: David Choi   Do you love your birthday? I lurrrrrrve it. I do. I love my birthday. I didn’t used to. For as long as I can remember I always slightly dreaded it, a bit like Christmas which I’m also learning to love. The thought of having to get people together to celebrate…

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AWF COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: WHAT’S THE BEST LESSON YOUR MUM EVER TAUGHT YOU?

Giacomo Smith is a busy man. The founder and band leader of Kansas Smitty’s he doesn’t just run a band but also a bar under the same name with his ultimate sidekick, Jack Abraham. We’ve been with Smitty’s since the beginning and they’ve been our Associate Artists for a wee while now. Not only that,…

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AWF CEO Jennie Cashman Wilson talks about the Power of the Arts and Nurturing the Next Generation of Musicians

With just over a month to go until our five year anniversary gig on 11th May at Bush Hall our CEO, Jennie Cashman Wilson caught up with her pal, Nour Saleh from Art Breath to talk all things Abram Wilson Foundation, the power of the arts, jazz and nurturing the next generation of musicians (tickets here).…

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ROUNDUP OF 2016 – WHAT A YEAR!

We couldn’t finish off the year without some sort of roundup of what went down in 2016, which suffice to say was A LOT. We basically lost our shizzle one way or another with everything that used to be expected and certain becoming the complete opposite. But there’s nothing like a good shake up to…

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FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PREPARATIONS: INTERVIEW WITH ANNA SHORT

Creative arts fundraising & events whizz, and Abram Wilson Foundation volunteer and Trailblazer, Anna Short shares some of her favourite memories of the Abram Wilson Foundation, and gives us a little taste of plans for next year’s fifth anniversary celebrations… AWF: Why don’t you start by telling us a little bit about yourself and your involvement in the…

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MARINA MANSILLA HERMANN: WHY I BECAME AN ABRAM WILSON FOUNDATION TRAILBLAZER

Marina Mansilla Hermann is a young social entrepreneur specialising in the fields of youth leadership, environment and education. She is the founder of TierraVida (www.fundaciontierravida.org), a youth-empowerment non-profit based in Argentina with the mission to activate young people as environmental leaders in their communities. She currently manages Ashoka’s Changemaker Education and Changemaker Schools network across…

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