Project information

National Youth Jazz Collective

NYJC supports young jazz musicians at every stage of their musical development.
We do this through:
A regional development programme
Our National Youth Jazz Summer School for England’s gifted and talented young jazz musicians
Programme of live performances
CPD for teachers and recent graduates

April 2015 - April 2017

Charity information

The National Youth Jazz Collective

The National Youth Jazz Collective logo
  • Need


    There are few opportunities for learning to play jazz in small improvisational groups in schools and music organisations because the majority of music teachers are classically trained or work in the big band tradition. Young jazz musicians who discover they have a passion for this artform often find that they are working in isolation with no peers to play with and no support on hand from adult musicians and teachers. It is also difficult for young people to hear live jazz.


    NYJC offers a clear pathway of progression from first access workshops that offer an introduction into small group improvisation to our highly competitive National Youth Jazz Summer School that offers gifted and talented young jazz musicians the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s leading jazz educators – all of whom are internationally renowned performers.
    NYJC also offers CPD for recent graduates and music teachers to support quality music education across England.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Hold our highly competitive National Youth Jazz Summer School 2016


    » NYJC will hold a 13-date national audition tour to identify 40 of the most gifted and talented young jazz musicians in England.
    » Hold a 7-day residential course that offers: professional guidance, performance experience, builds confidence and develops improvisatory skills.
    » Hold a final performance for an invited audience to offer performance experience to young jazz musicians.

    Young people will report more confidence in jazz improvisation, increased musicianship and instrumental skills, more confidence in composing and enhanced leadership qualities.

    Aim 2

    Continue to work with regional Music Education Hubs to deliver outreach workshops


    » NYJC will work with our regional partners to offer first access performances so that young people can experience live jazz performances.
    » NYJC will work with regional partners to offer young musicians access to high quality jazz education and experience of small group improvisation
    » NYJC will work with regional partners to offer CPD sessions for music teachers to increase the practice of small-group jazz improvisation.

    NYJC will see an increase in the number of young people applying to our pinnacle National Youth Jazz Summer School in the regions we work with.

    Aim 3

    Deliver high quality jazz education training through the NYJC Ambassadors Programme


    » NYJC will recruit recent jazz graduates to undertake a period of free training in jazz education.

    NYJC’s Ambassadors will report feeling more confident to deliver specialist jazz workshops for groups of young people and offer professional development training for teachers.

    Aim 4

    Continue to offer a bespoke leadership training programme for young female jazz musicians


    » NYJC will work with 10 young female jazz musicians to support the future generation of female jazz leaders.
    » Residential weekends to enhance participants’ improvisation, composition and leadership skills.
    » Host a blog for young female jazz musicians to record their progress and response to training.

    Participants will report increased confidence, leadership and musicianship skills and will consider careers in jazz as a reality

  • Impact


    There will be a strengthened and enhanced jazz sector. Participants in the Summer School tell us the experience is life-changing and 90% of previous participants have gone on to study jazz at conservatoires.
    NYJC’s regional activities will mean less participants feeling isolated and unable to access quality jazz education.
    Offering support to future jazz educators will ensure that increased numbers of young people will feel better supported through their musical development


    There is a risk that there is insufficient interest from young musicians our programme to be truly national. We have a nation-wide network of music services, arts organsiations, musicians and - most importantly - young jazz musicians who promote and support our work.


    NYJC will provide regular updates on our activities on our website and through our regular newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £120,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £70,000 Summer School Costs associated with Summer School
      £20,000 Creative Leadership Ensemble Costs assoicatied with CLE
      £30,000 Regional Outreach & Ambassador Costs Associated with Regional Outreach and Ambassador Scheme

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Arts Council England £55,000 Guaranteed
    Youth Music £20,000 Guaranteed
    Fenton Arts Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    National - England


    Young jazz musicians around England.
    NYJC offers bursaries to take part in our activities, so that young people from low-income households are not excluded.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    National Youth Jazz Collective was set up in 2006 to address the identified lack of provision nationally for the most gifted and talented young jazz musicians to play and study together. We have a team of 40 tutors who are the best performers and educators nationally, with active playing and recording careers as well as having established all of the jazz departments in conservatoires and established exam and curriculum in Britain.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Issie Barratt - Artistic Director And CEO

    Issie's vision and drive enables NYJC to provide the inspiration and education for the next generation of jazz musicians

NYJC Summer School 2013

NYJC Summer School 2013

There simply is nothing else available in our local authority area that can provide the experience and training that working with NYJC does

Rotherham Music Services