The National Youth Jazz Collective

The National Youth Jazz Collective

Charity information

The National Youth Jazz Collective

NYJC is a small charity with a passion to advance the skills of young musicians who show the aptitude and desire to become great jazz players. We inspire them to develop their own distinctive flair and musical imagination, making innovative music for each new generation.

Now in our tenth year, NYJC was winner of the Best Musical Initiative category of the National Music Teacher Awards 2017, is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Founded 2009

  • Mission statement

    Uniquely NYJC focuses on small group improvisation (how most jazz professionals earn their living), supporting the creative and educational needs of the young jazz musician, within a pathway of progression from beginners to young professionals.

    We do this by:

    • Promoting an age-appropriate methodology for jazz education that fosters the skills needed for playing jazz in small groups;

    • Running the nation’s flagship National Youth Jazz Summer School, open to all-comers through an audition tour of regional centres;

    • Supporting a rolling programme of regional activities for young jazz musicians across England, developing their skills, creativity and passion for improvised music;

    • Passing on best practice through skill development of national and regional music leaders;

    • Networking alumni members to form new collective endeavors and increase the profile of jazz players;

    • Encouraging a diverse and broad-ranging repertoire of musical works that champions the progressive and eclectic influences of UK jazz;

    • Engaging in culturally eclectic collaborative projects where young people and organisations from diverse backgrounds share and develop their capabilities in improvisation and composition;

    • Conducting gender focused work to encourage more female instrumentalists to become leading exponents of the jazz idiom;

    • Offering online services including resources for the teaching of jazz to school children.

  • Aims

    The National Youth Jazz Collective aims to:

    • Running the nation’s flagship National Youth Jazz Summer School, open to all-comers through an audition tour of regional centres, identifying and progressing those most likely to excel in jazz.
    • Supporting a rolling programme of regional activities for young jazz musicians across England, developing their skills, creativity and passion for improvised music at grass roots level.
    • Promoting an age-appropriate methodology for jazz education that fosters the skills needed for playing jazz in small groups, sharing this with regional educators and learning from their experiences.
    • Engaging in culturally eclectic collaborative projects where young people and organisations from diverse backgrounds share and develop their capabilities in improvisation and composition.
    • Challenging barriers to access to jazz education and offering online services including resources for teaching and learning, broadcasted youth jazz performances, signposting, research and networking.
  • Overview

    Established: August 2009

    Registered Charity Number: 1135060

    Board members: 9

    Full time staff: 1

    Part time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 5

    Phone number: 07986 188807

    Address: The Music Base, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
  • 10th Anniversary Big Boost Fund

    NYJC has big ambitions to expand our reach from 150 to 500 musicians each year: giving opp... More