Tomorrow's Warriors Fundraiser

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Raised by 419 people in 10 months
Created October 18, 2018
TOMORROW’S WARRIORS URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP to save our award-winning £FREE Young Artist Development Programme at Southbank Centre, which is under threat of closure in 2019 due to lack of funding. The current funding runs out in December 2018, and we are  urgently seeking help from the jazz and wider community while we try to secure replacement funding from other sources. Please take a look at our short film to hear our alumni explain why this programme is so vital, not only to young musicians but also to the jazz scene as a whole.

Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 Music: “This a cultural giant, a music making dream team, with generosity at their heart.”

2018 has been an astounding year for UK jazz. Recent media attention has highlighted the fact that the current jazz scene, especially around London, is at a very exciting moment and younger audiences are turning to jazz in a big way. Many of today’s jazz stars have themselves been part of our Artist Development Programme and have been helped by Tomorrow’s Warriors to launch their careers as successful professional jazz musicians.

Gilles Peterson: “Can’t overstate the impact that Tomorrow’s Warriors has had on the current music scene in London.”
TOMORROW'S WARRIORS ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME helps aspiring young jazz musicians discover their magic and achieve their creative ambitions. 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 currently tearing up the international jazz scene.

Tomorrow’s Warriors’ Artists include Moses Boyd, Nubya GarciaSheila Maurice-Grey, Cassie Kinoshi and NérijaFemi Koleoso and Ezra Collective, Binker Golding, Shabaka Hutchings and Sons of KemetEska, Denys Baptiste, Soweto KinchMark Crown, Andrew McCormackZara McFarlaneMark Kavuma, Camilla GeorgeNathaniel Facey and Empirical, Peter Edwards and Rhythmica, Jason Yarde and J-Life, Robert Mitchell, Byron Wallen...the list goes on and on and on! 

Emma Warren, Red Bull Academy: "If you want to know who passed through their doors, it might just be easier to ask who didn’t: The list is long and comprehensive."

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 Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, 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. 

The core ethos of Tomorrow’s Warriors is 'each one, teach one', where each generation supports the next, sharing skills, passing on the legacy and building a vibrant, supportive community.

Binker Golding, TW Music Leader & Award-winning Saxophonist/Composer: "We help students to learn who they really are, encourage them to become who they really are, and encourage them to take a risk artistically. As a result of that you end up with a lot of very forward-thinking musicians and artists that really end up creating something quite unique. I think the proof of that is definitely in London UK jazz at the moment."
Bassist Gary Crosby OBE, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Tomorrow’s Warriors: "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."

Despite the undoubted success of Tomorrow's Warriors in supporting the development and early careers of so many jazz artists over the past 27 years, our programme is under threat of closure due to lack of funding.

All of our learning and training activities are £FREE at the point of access, and always have been, so that no young person is excluded for financial reasons. We want to keep it that way. 

Arts Council England funds Tomorrow’s Warriors to exist as an organisation, but all artistic and educational activity needs to be fundraised for separately. There is no funding in place for our programme at Southbank Centre beyond the end of 2018, and it will take time to secure new funding.
So we’re reaching out to all those who believe in music’s power to transform lives, and who feel passionately about diversity and inclusion in the arts, to help us keep this vital programme going for the benefit of our young people and for the good health of the wider jazz scene.

Please DONATE TODAY while we continue the search for new funding. 

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..."


Up to 150 young musicians access our comprehensive Artist Development Programme at Southbank Centre each year, benefiting directly from a rich and immersive development experience that offers:

·    420+ weekly development workshops and band rehearsals led by trained, inspirational music leaders
·    48+ regular live performance opportunities in quality music venues and festivals
.    Tickets to see world-class international artists in concert
.    Professional and peer mentoring
·    Masterclasses and specialist training to develop artistic and educational practice
.    Collaborations with other artists, groups and art forms
.    Opportunities to participate in our international partners' programmes
.    Apprenticeships, work experience and volunteering opportunities to support skills development
.    Quality paid employment opportunities
.    Career development opportunities and access to our network of industry professionals
.    Outstanding pastoral care from our dedicated Tomorrow's Warriors team
.    Access to an awesome, collaborative professional network of jazz musicians and other creatives

and so much more!


Kate Hutchinson, New York Times: 
'Ezra Collective leader, Femi Koleoso and his brother explained that, at first, a career in jazz seemed unthinkable to them. “I saw jazz music as an elite art form that I didn’t have access to,” Femi said, “like playing the violin or riding a horse.”'

Tomorrow’s Warriors gifted Femi a musical pathway to his dream career. Today his feet hardly touch the ground, he’s so busy touring the world, living his dream. Your generous donation today can give the gift of music to another aspiring young musician, just like Femi, and provide the crucial resources needed to advance his skills and nurture his creative talent. Help us give a budding young musician the artistic edge.

Nubya Garcia, Award-winning Saxophonist/Composer
: "One of the most special things about Tomorrow’s Warriors is their unwavering support. It’s about diversity in terms of ethnicity and gender. That’s what they champion and have been championing for over 20 years. There’s no-one like them basically. I love them!"

There are lots of girls and young women like Nubya who simply need the nurturing environment that Tomorrow’s Warriors offers in order to achieve their musical potential. Your donation today can empower a member of our Female Collective to pursue her dream to become a world-class jazz artist, captivating audiences from the moment she takes the stage.

DONATE TODAY to bring inspirational artists within touching distance of aspiring young musicians and provide them with transformative learning experiences in a safe, inclusive, creative space where people from ALL backgrounds come together to learn and share the magic of jazz!


£5 can provide a young person with a subsidised ticket to see international artists perform on stage
£10 will cover a teenage musician for travel and subsistence incurred attending a live concert in London
£20 is the cost of 1 day's travel and subsistence for a young musician on our programme who is not in education, employment or training 
£60 will pay for a Disclosure Barring Service check on a music leader to ensure we adhere to our, and our partners' child protection policies
£80 will cover the cost of photocopying music and other resources for our workshops and rehearsals for one year
£100 will pay for a music leader to attend a faculty meeting to review student progress and plan ahead
per month will support the cost of our Programme Manager sending out weekly programme updates to our students and parents throughout the year so they keep abreast of any timetable/room changes or special activities
£300 can buy a set of music charts that can be used by our Soon Come Youth Orchestra for years to come
£340 is the full cost of a development session led by an inspirational Tomorrow's Warriors music leader for up to 25 young people at Southbank Centre (all our music leaders are active professional jazz artists)
£500 will enable us to invite a visiting international artist to deliver an inspiring interactive masterclass
will pay for a showcasing opportunity for one of our rising star ensembles
 will provide a fully-funded place on our programme for 1 year for a gifted and talented young musician, enabling them to access all that Tomorrow's Warriors has to offer
will help meet the annual cost of documenting the next generation of Tomorrow's Warriors as we track and share their artistic journeys 
£3,000 will support the annual cost of transporting musicians and equipment to venues outside of London, enabling us to take up performance offers that benefit young musicians' career progression
will pay for 1 term of weekly ensemble development sessions/rehearsals and up to 3 performances for our extraordinary Youth Ensemble
 will pay for the production and marketing of 6 themed concerts by Warriors bands featuring the future stars of jazz
£12,225 pays for 36 development sessions for our Female Collective benefiting up to 60 girls/young women who want to develop their skills and confidence playing jazz


Our current programme costs around £200,000 a year. We have guaranteed match funding from Arts Council England (ACE), so if you can help us reach our target of £100,000, ACE will match it with a further £100,000, allowing us to continue our programme free of charge to all young people, regardless of their financial circumstances.

DONATE NOW and help us get ACE to double your donation at no extra cost to you to ensure we keep the awesome talent coming through in 2019. It's a no-brainer! 

And, if you are a UK tax payer please don't forget to GIFT AID your donation as this can increase your gift by 25% without costing you a penny more!



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Help us keep providing the next generation of young artists with the training they need to build the UK jazz scene and continue creating this incredible, exciting new music.

If you'd like to speak to us about a regular gift, drop us a line at 'donate at tomorrows warriors dot org' or call us on 020 8424 2807 (we have a part-time team so may not always be available to take your call). 

And if you'd like to stay in touch and receive our monthly newsletter, sign up for our newsletter on the Tomorrow's Warriors website.



Shabaka Hutchings | award-winning Saxophonist & Band Leader, Sons of Kemet, Impulse Recording Artist: "More or less every black jazz musician who has come up in the past 20 years has been a part of it [Tomorrow’s Warriors] in some way or form. It’s done a lot to try to diversify the landscape."

Nubya Garcia | award-winning Saxophonist & Band Leader: "Thank you to [founders] Gary Crosby, Janine Irons and every soul who contributes to and has contributed to the Tomorrow's Warriors Family. You are true heroes and inspirations across the whole unit, youngers and elders. Thank you for your support, your belief, your community spirit, and your inclusion of and for everyone."

Femi Koleoso | award-winning Drummer & Band Leader, Ezra Collective: "Because of Tomorrow's Warriors, regardless of my background or economic standing I can compete with anyone and achieve my full potential."

Zara McFarlane | award-winning Vocalist/Composer, Band Leader: "We need the music to continue. It’s so exciting right now and it’s taken years and years to develop it to this point. We don’t want to lose it now."

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We are thrilled and SO proud to let you know that Tomorrow's Warriors' co-founder and Artistic Director, Gary Crosby OBE has been announced as the recipient of The Queen’s Medal for Music 2018, making him the first-ever jazz musician to receive this prestigious award.

The award, established in 2005, is presented annually to an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation.

Previously awarded to classical composers and musicians, this is also the first time the honour has been given to an individual of colour.

He accepted the award in person at a special Audience with HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 10 July.

The award is in recognition not just of his prodigious musical talents as a double-bassist, band leader, music arranger, educator, and multi-award-winning personality, but for the inimitable impact he has had on the fabric of jazz creation in the UK and his generous devotion to supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and giving back to the community.

Chair of the award committee and Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir said: “Looking around the UK’s currently thriving jazz scene, the name of Gary Crosby is constantly cited as the person who has encouraged a whole generation to look again at jazz and become involved. Gary has achieved this over many hard-working years, as part of his own practice as a bass player and teacher. His career is an inspiration to musicians and educators in every area of music, and I am delighted to see him awarded The Queen’s Medal for Music in recognition of this.”

On receiving the award, Gary Crosby said: “I’m delighted and honoured to receive The Queen’s Medal for Music, and humbled to join such a distinguished group of Medal recipients. It’s wonderful to receive professional recognition, though I believe, more than anything, it recognises the transformative impact Tomorrow’s Warriors has had on the many young jazz musicians we’ve worked with over the years, and the contribution to making our industry and audiences more diverse and inclusive. It’s particularly special to receive this Medal in the year we celebrate the 10thanniversary of the Tomorrow’s Warriors residency at Southbank Centre, launched in 2009 in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with our Nu Civilisation Orchestra performing ‘The Queen’s Suite’, written specially for Her Majesty by jazz music’s leading ‘royal’, the great Duke Ellington.”

Previous recipients of the award include:
2005 Sir Charles Mackerras
2006 Sir Bryn Terfel CBE
2007 Judith Weir CBE
2008 Kathryn Tickell OBE DL
2009 Sir Colin Davis CH CBE
2010 Dame Emma Kirkby DBE
2011 Nicholas Daniel
2012 National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
2013 Sir Thomas Allen CBE
2014 Simon Halsey CBE
2015 Oliver Knussen CBE
2016 Nicola Benedetti MBE
2017 Thea Musgrave CBE

Big up Mr Crosby! And long may he continue to provide outstanding leadership and mentorship for the hundreds of talented musicians within the Tomorrow's Warriors family!

Please help Gary continue his amazing, transformative work with young people by donating to our appeal. We're almost there, but need a little more help from our friends! THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!
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Can you help us unlock £100,000 match funding?

Thanks to you and our other incredibly generous supporters, we are slowly inching our way towards the £100k fundraising target we set last November to help us keep our year-round Young Artist Development Programme running £FREE. With only six weeks to go, we’re fast running out of time to raise the final £20,866 that will release 100% of the match funding currently locked away in the coffers of Arts Council England with our name on it.

We urgently need these match funds to continue delivering the ambitious, exciting, creative programme for our super-talented young musicians, our future jazz stars. Since November 2018 donations from positive changemakers like you have made it possible for well over 100 supremely talented young people to benefit from unique year-round development and performance opportunities; opportunities they can access 100% £free. Our small family of donors and volunteers are just as ambitious as our musicians and have worked SO hard to raise these vital funds. We’re now really close to achieving our goal!

It would be heartbreaking to miss out on this one-time-only opportunity to claim 100% of the match funding pledged to us by this major funder, so please, please, please help us get across the line in time for the 31 July deadline. Hundreds of gifted young people’s musical aspirations and dreams depend on you, so please give generously. These are the jazz stars of the future, so your donation is a kind of down-payment on their future talent. As they blossom into fully-fledged pros, they will reward your investment in them with brilliant jazz music!

Can you help us unlock £100,000 match funding? YES. YOU. CAN....if you DONATE TODAY! Thank you SO much for your tremendous support!

If you're in any doubt as to the impact your donation could have on a young person's life, this is what Warriors alumni and Ezra Collective bandleader, Femi Koleoso has to say:

"Quite often you need someone who plants the seed and then nurtures it and helps it grow into something and that’s what Tomorrow’s Warriors was for me. Beyond just teaching me how to be a jazz musician, on a deeper level it’s about how to look after yourself, how to look after your friends; that extensive community, that sense of feeling proud to be black, being proud to be a man, being proud to be a woman, whatever you are. You know all of that came from Tomorrow’s Warriors in a big way and a lot of that is in our music."
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Last International Jazz Day Tomorrow's Warriors were at the 6th annual Jazz FM awards, which recognises the best in British and international jazz. Although we didn't receive the Innovation Award which we were nominated for, we were happy to see our alumni doing so well and winning so many awards.

Here’s a full list of all the Warriors who went home with an award (or two), and many more were nominated:

Nubya Garcia – UK Jazz Act of the Year (public vote)

Cassie Kinoshi – Breakthrough Act of the Year

Cherise Adams-Burnett – Vocalist of the Year

Sons of Kemet, Your Queen Is A Reptile – Album of the Year (public vote)

Steam Down – Live Experience of the Year (public vote) & Innovation

Cassie Kinoshi (Breakthrough Act of the Year) had this to say about Tomorrow’s Warriors:

“Tomorrow’s Warriors has always been a fundamental part of cultivating the UK’s jazz scene and remains supportive at every stage of your career. For me, it is the foundation of the family spirit found in the London jazz community and I feel extremely lucky to have grown up as a part of it.”

It really does go to show how important Tomorrow’s Warriors is to the UK and the international jazz scene. 63% of the nominees for British jazz categories were Warriors or in bands made up predominantly of Warriors, and 6 of the total 13 awards went to Warriors alumni (only 8 of which were winnable jazz awards). They continue to lead the field in jazz, and we’re so proud of them all.

Your donation is helping to support the next generation of award winners. Thank you so much.
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The Steve Reid Foundation Donates £10,000 to #IAmWarrior

We’re beyond excited to announce a massive £10,000 donation to our #IAmWarrior Appeal from the Steve Reid Foundation, a charity founded by renowned DJ, Gilles Peterson. Combined with offline donations from supporters (£4,034), Ronnie Scott’s Foundation (£9,169) and PRS Foundation (£15,400), this means we are now 73% of the way towards reaching our £100k goal to keep our Young Artist Development Programme open and free to all!

On 17 March Gilles played a fantastic vinyl-only session at Giant Steps in Hackney Wick on behalf of the Steve Reid Foundation to raise money for Tomorrow’s Warriors. One of the aims of the Steve Reid Foundation is to support emerging talent through education initiatives, so Tomorrow’s Warriors was a natural fit. Gilles has previously said “I can’t overstate the impact that Tomorrow’s Warriors has had on the current music scene in London” and, more recently, described our programme as “Britain’s Berklee”. Many Tomorrow’s Warriors alumni have gone on to work with his label, Brownswood Recordings including Kokoroko, Maisha and Zara McFarlane. Warriors alumni also make up a large percentage of the artists featured on the label’s internationally-acclaimed album, ‘We Out Here’ released in 2018, and we’re looking forward to seeing even more of them at Peterson’s new ‘We Out Here’ music festival this summer (15-18 August).

The Steve Reid Foundation trustees said, “We’re delighted to support Tomorrow's Warriors with a gift of £10,000 towards the Artist Development Programme to help you reach your £100k goal. We need organisations like Tomorrow’s Warriors!”

Our CEO, Janine Irons said, “We were blown away to receive news of this astonishing gift, which takes us a long way towards securing our Development Programme this year. Without a doubt, several of our young musicians and their parents will be breathing a huge sigh of relief as a result!”

THANK YOU to Gilles and all the trustees of the Steve Reid Foundation and to everyone who has donated to our Appeal so far! We're so grateful for your kind donation.

We now have just 16 weeks left to reach our target of £100k to enable us to secure 100% of the Arts Council England match funding! Please help us spread the word.
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Raised by 419 people in 10 months
Created October 18, 2018
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Tomorrow's Warriors Trust
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