We are supporting projects and music educational programmes for children with the help of selected charities whose core values are to transform the lives of children, young people and their communities through the power of music making.
Other than our “Big Band In A Day” programme, we will not run projects ourselves but will support these chosen charitable partners based on their needs and recommendations.
We identified several charities that will help us with making the best decisions.
1. Doncaster Youth Jazz Association – DYJA
The internationally acclaimed Doncaster Youth Jazz Association (DYJA) was formed in 1973 by John Ellis MBE. Passionate about music education and jazz, DYJA provides specialised individual tuition, instrumental masterclasses, ensemble workshops and performance opportunities via 3 ensembles for young musicians from a range of backgrounds and abilities.
2. National Youth Jazz Orchestra – NYJO
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is Britain’s longest-running organisation for young people up to 25 playing big-band jazz. Formed 50 years ago to fill a gap in jazz education, the charity’s mission is to perform exceptional music to excite audiences and engage with young people of all backgrounds around the country.
3. In Place Of War – IPOW
Right across the world in zones of violence and disruption In Place of War is building a creative movement, a networked and powerful platform that allows voices to be heard and opportunities to be created. With words, deeds and music we are opening up new creative spaces; sharing stories, fostering radicals and fomenting creative resistance. From the grassroots up, our community of artists and collaborators are exchanging their ideas, their insights and their passions to bring about change in their communities.
4. Music Fund
Founded in 2005 Music Fund coordinates the collection and distribution of music instruments throughout Europe for distribution to partner schools in developing countries and conflict regions such as Palestine, Haiti, Mozambique, Congo, and Morocco. Music Fund also funds the training of people to learn how to tune, repair and maintain the instruments, establishing repair shops on site.”
5. National Foundation for Youth Music
Every year, they provide more than 90,000 young people with the opportunity to make music and develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and improve their wellbeing. They are involved in more than 300 musical projects within the UK. They are funded by the Arts Council England and the National Lottery.
6. Sistema England
Sistema England is a charity, founded by Julian Lloyd Webber, which seeks to transform the lives of children, young people and their communities through the power of music making, as part of the international El Sistema movement (started 40 years ago in Venezuela by Jose Antonio Abreu). They are involved in six music educational programmes across the UK in the following cities: London (Lambeth and North Kensington), Liverpool, Newcastle Gateshead, Telford & Stroke and Norwich.