From underpinning our core work to helping us launch pilot initiatives, our Trust & Foundation partners are key to NYJO’s success.


Backstage Trust

Backstage Trust is a charity which encourages the involvement of young people in the performing arts. They have generously supported us with three core grants in five years, enabling us to each year support the development of over 100 Emerging Professionals, deliver over 200 NYJO Learning sessions nationwide, and perform to over 14,000 people in a varied public programme.

Most recently, the partnership has spotlighted our New Commissions programme, which allows young musicians to collaborate with exciting guest artists on brand-new music. We love to help our institutional funders really feel the impact of their support, and a representative of Backstage Trust recently joined us to watch a performance of one New Commission project, Nikki Yeoh & NYJO Present: Speechmik X-Ploration. They told us:

“I actually found it quite emotional – at a time when all we hear is how miserable our young people are, it was truly moving to see such passion and joy in the musicians’ faces.

It just goes to show that the transformative power of the performing arts is not just an idea! Clearly giving opportunities to young musicians is life-changing and life-affirming and I hope that they are able to go on to have full careers as musicians – they certainly deserve to.”

If you would like to discuss how your Trust or Foundation could help us change the lives of more young musicians around the country, please get in touch with our Development department:

Our heartfelt appreciation to all our current Trust and Foundation supporters:


  • Backstage Trust
  • David Laing Foundation
  • Kirby Laing Foundation
  • Universal Music UK Sound Foundation
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Jack Petchey Charitable Trust
  • The Foyle Foundation
  • Tesco Groundworks Community Fund
  • The Golden Bottle Trust
  • D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust




  • Mactaggart Third Fund
  • Arts Generation Company Ltd
  • Peter Sowerby Foundation
  • Victoria Wood Foundation
  • Scops Arts Trust
  • Stentor Music
  • The Wavendon Foundation
  • The Worshipful Company of Musicians
  • Sir William Boreman’s Foundation

Other ways to support us

Donate Now

Your donation, of any size, will help us to support young musicians around the country to access and progress in jazz.

Friends of NYJO

Find out more about how joining the Friends of NYJO can make a difference to young musicians around the UK, and enjoy backstage access, event invitations and more!

Corporate Partnerships

Support your local or national arts community and associate your brand with the most exciting up-and-coming creative musicians through a partnership with NYJO.

Lucy-Anne (EP quote)

“Since joining NYJO, I’m so much more confident as a performer. Especially in terms of being able to entertain and keep the crowd engaged with you. It’s really nice to be able to feel that difference.” 

Lucy-Anne, NYJO Emerging Professional (Vocals)

Georgia (EP quote)

“It’s hard to just learn this music in the practice room but being immersed in the music at NYJO is a great environment to really push my playing. ” 

Georgia Ayew, NYJO Emerging Professional (Drums)

Sam Eastmond (MD quote)

"Giving them space to create whatever they wanted, without setting parameters of idiom or style helped them to conceptualise how they could bring these new concepts into their work without scaring them off, or mystifying the process."

Sam Eastmond, NYJO Educator

Jazzwise quote

"NYJO has never been conformist, never hewing to one particular line, never known for fawning replications and very deliberately these days a vehicle for new possibilities."

Jazzwise Magazine

Lydia (EP quote)

"The past year has been an absolutely incredible experience, pushing me way out of my comfort zone into playing with some of the greatest young jazz players of my generation and getting to call them my colleagues and friends has been beyond inspiring, and also an obscene amount of fun!"

Lydia Cochrane, NYJO Emerging Professional (Saxophone)

Anna (Learning national quote)

"[The NYJO residential in Cumbria] helped me to make friends with other young musicians. I enjoy playing a lot more and I’m quite proud of what I’ve accomplished. I feel more confident now. I have learnt different ways of coming up with solid melodies and also a little bit on harmonies. I think it’s been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had."

Anna, NYJO Learning Widening Access participant

Briony (Learning U18s quote)

"I’ve felt very fortunate to be surrounded by amazing musicians, and I think that the environment at NYJO – which has fostered creativity and improvisation – has allowed my confidence and musical ideas to grow."

Briony, NYJO Under 18s

Oscar (Learning U18s quote)

"I think I’ve progressed a lot in my piano-playing. NYJO has helped me to flourish and really enjoy it. I’ve really enjoyed being engrossed in a high level of playing and learning things in a hands-on-way. I also like the diversity of perspectives and abilities of all the players and teachers which enables me to try things I might not normally."

Oscar, NYJO Under 18s

Jennie (Learning U18s quote)

"NYJO has got me listening to more jazz and learning more changes. It has also helped with working as a band. I’ve really enjoyed the free jazz, learning by ear, the people, and the atmosphere."

Jennie, NYJO Under 18s

Leah-Anais (Learning U18s quote)

"I love the people at NYJO. Everyone here is so encouraging and lovely and it makes the experience worthwhile. Though I have fun I’m still learning on the way which makes me feel productive too."

Leah-Anais, NYJO Under 18s