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‘The Arts are the heartbeat of humanity’, says new Arts Council England appointee

YolanDa Brown is one of six new members of ACE's National Council

Music is strongly represented among the latest members of Arts Council England’s National Council, with Sage Gateshead CEO Abigail Pogson and UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin joining charity chair, saxophonist and broadcaster YolanDa Brown on the organisation’s board.

The current Chair of Youth Music, Brown is a double MOBO Award-winning artist and is a champion for the importance of music education. She is a trustee of the PRS Foundation, an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and London Music Fund and sits on the advisory board of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Commenting on social media, YolanDa Brown said, ‘Delighted be appointed by Secretary of State @NadineDorries as National Council Member @ace_national England! The Arts are the heartbeat of humanity, we tell stories, inspire, spread joy and evoke countless emotions through our diverse art forms. Thanks to the ACE family!

Abigail Pogson has been Managing Director of Sage Gateshead since May 2015, joining the leading North-East England venue from Spitalfields Music, a charity based in east London with an international reputation for its quality, reach and innovation. She previously worked at English National Opera, Music Theatre Wales and SPNM.

Jamie Njoku-Goodwin is the Chief Executive of UK Music, the umbrella body for the UK music industry. Jamie is an experienced campaigner, a communications specialist and a former political adviser who has held senior roles at the highest levels of Government. He previously worked as a special adviser at DCMS and the Department of Health and Social Care. He is on the expert advisory panel for the Government’s National Plan for Music Education, the expert advisory panel for UK City of Culture 2025, and the Creative Industries Council.