On 1st November we launch our first ever public appeal – #IAMWARRIOR – to raise £100,000 to help us fill a funding gap that, without urgent action, risks the closure of our year-round £FREE Artist Development Programme at Southbank Centre.
Current funding for the programme runs out in December 2018, so we’re seeking donations from the jazz and music education community and the general public while we try to secure replacement funding. We are determined to keep our programme £FREE for all young people as we know that financial constraints are a huge factor in determining whether or not a talented young musician will have the opportunity to progress towards his/her chosen career.
Our #IAMWARRIOR Appeal goes live at midday on Thursday 1st November at GoFundMe.com. We need as many people as possible to get behind us and help us reach this ambitious target by 31 January so we can secure a further £100,000 of match-funding pledged by Arts Council England, and thus ensure we can maintain a full programme so no young person loses out.
Around 150 young people are depending on us, so please visit our fundraising page and give generously. Please also help us spread the word – follow us on social media and share our Appeal news on the hashtag #IAMWARRIOR.
“Tomorrow’s Warriors is free because it means that economic mobility isn’t a factor in whether people take up music or not. If you care about jazz music and care how the music looks not just now but in the future, then this in some ways is an investment in the face of British Jazz.”
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Shabaka Hutchings | Award-winning saxophonist/composer, Impulse Recording Artist, Leader – Sons of Kemet
(All members of Sons Of Kemet are former members of Tomorrow’s Warriors)
Brownswood | Gilles Peterson’s independent record label
“Can’t overstate the impact that Tomorrow’s Warriors has had on the current music scene in London”
John Fordham, The Guardian
“The Tomorrow’s Warriors vision of a jazz party anyone can join, regardless of background, culture, gender or education, and making music anyone can tune into…”