Tomorrow’s Warriors, the London-based youth charity which offers training, support and performance opportunities for young jazz musicians, is appealing for £100,000 to maintain its acclaimed Learning Programme free of charge in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Based at Southbank Centre in London, Tomorrow’s Warriors offers a pioneering, comprehensive programme of learning and training which, in particular, champions and supports young people from the African diaspora and girls and those whose financial or other challenging circumstances would tend to lock them out of opportunities to pursue a career in the music industry.
Since the organisation’s inception, Tomorrow’s Warriors has reached over 10,000 young people aged 11-25 through its Young Artist Development Programme, providing each student with between 1-15 years’ free jazz training and development.
The Covid-19 pandemic has presented a number of challenges, including the loss of112 confirmed live gigs between March-September 2020 alone, wiping out 100% of a vital income stream.
Throughout lockdown, Tomorrow’s Warriors has provided much-needed continuity to the organisation’s young learning community via weekly virtual learning sessions, enabling young musicians to keep engaged, supported and connected, as well as keeping music leaders and artists employed.
The organisation is now seeking financial support to keep its Learning Programme free for the next generation of UK Jazz musicians, to keep it accessible across cultural divides and barriers, with a particular focus on Black musicians and young women, and to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis.
Gary Crosby OBE, Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Tomorrow’s Warriors, said:
‘I know there are young people from a similar background to me who, if given the opportunities, can create great art. It’s not curriculum style, because what we’re dealing with is art. The individuals are artists, and I want to hear what they have to say about the world.’
Janine Irons MBE, Co-Founder & Chief Executive, said:
‘We need your support to help the next generation of jazz talent have a bright future across a number of cultural and economic divides. It means so much to us to provide this vital learning programme to the young people that need it most.’
Tomorrow’s Warriors’ #IAmWarrior 2020 appeal aims to raise £100,000, which this year TW aims to match with funds from a range of trusts and foundations.