TOMORROW’S WARRIORS NEEDS YOUR HELP to keep its acclaimed Young & Emerging Artist Development Programme £FREE for the next generation of aspiring UK Jazz musicians, to keep it accessible across cultural divides and barriers, with a particular focus on Black musicians and young women, and those facing economic hardship. We invite you to watch our short film to hear from our founders, alumni and current members of Tomorrow’s Warriors why this programme is so vital, not only to young musicians, but also to the jazz scene as a whole.
“No single organisation has exerted a more profound or beneficial influence on jazz in Britain than Tomorrow’s Warriors.” Richard Williams | The Blue Moment
Based at Southbank Centre in London, Tomorrow’s Warriors offers a pioneering, comprehensive programme of learning and training which primarily champions and supports young people from the African diaspora, girls and those whose financial or other challenging circumstances tend to lock them out of opportunities to pursue a career in the music industry.
Our unique development programme helps aspiring young jazz musicians discover their magic and achieve their creative ambitions. 100% free access to this programme has proved crucial in nurturing the nascent talent and early careers of so many of the most exciting UK artists now blazing a trail for jazz and lighting up the international music scene.
Many of today’s jazz stars have themselves benefited from participation in our Young & Emerging Artist Development Programme and have been supported by Tomorrow’s Warriors to launch successful careers as professional jazz musicians, artists such as Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Sheila Maurice-Grey, Cassie Kinoshi, Femi Koleoso and Ezra Collective, Binker Golding, Shabaka Hutchings and Sons of Kemet, ESKA, Denys Baptiste, Soweto Kinch, Mark Crown, Sultan Stevenson, Camilla George, Blue Lab Beats, David Okumu, Ben Burrell, Zara McFarlane, Romarna Campbell, Mark Kavuma, CHERISE, Nathaniel Facey and Empirical, Peter Edwards, Maddy Coombs, Donovan Haffner, Jason Yarde, Robert Mitchell, Byron Wallen…the list goes on and on and on!
The past 10 years or so have been truly remarkable for UK jazz. The media have proclaimed a ‘jazz explosion’, with increasing numbers of young people turning to jazz in a big way, and the astonishing win in 2023 by Tomorrow’s Warriors’ fabulous alumni, the Ezra Collective, who made history by becoming the first jazz act ever to win the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, and who made us proud by becoming the ninth Warriors alums to be nominated for this much-sought-after Prize… seven of them in the past nine years!
By supporting Tomorrow’s Warriors, you are not only investing in the future of jazz music but also in a more diverse, and inclusive cultural society.
JOIN US on this transformative journey and be a part of a brighter future for jazz musicians across the United Kingdom. Together, we can make a difference and create a culture where music knows no boundaries.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!