We inspire, connect and open doors to the music industry so that underrepresented young talent has an equal chance to realise their creative potential.
Inspired by the critically acclaimed and award-winning jazz musician Abram Wilson, we are here to champion underrepresented and unrecognised talent. We provide visibility, access and opportunity within an industry which is often closed to all but the most privileged.
We meet young people exactly where they’re at – whether that’s at school, in the community or online – and encourage them to find their unique musical identity.
And we offer practical support to emerging musicians and music professionals by sharing valuable connections and opportunities.
Our Future Sound programme connects underrepresented 11 to 18 year olds with inspiring, emerging professional jazz musicians who they can relate to and aspire to be like. But most importantly who can show them that it’s possible to have a career in the music industry.
Our Career Development programme supports up-and-coming artists through regular coaching, mentoring and career strategy sessions. We work to understand their vision to help them build their own sustainable careers. They gain access to industry professionals and opportunities to showcase their work, and develop skills as music educators.
Abram Wilson is an inspiring organisation. It reminds me always that music is vital not just creatively, but socially – and that music can transform us all for the better. It’s a privilege to support such positive, innovative people and their musical mentees.
– ILANA, ABRAM WILSON DONOR
We should be very grateful for the work that Abram Wilson do as independent ‘promoters’ of [jazz] music. They are all about mentoring, encouraging and introducing a new generation to a new, alternative way of life – helping people see the light though music. This is reflected in the person and name of Abram Wilson – who’s raision d’etre and career was something to aspire to and you need role models to inspire the next generation.
Gilles Peterson, Broadcaster and DJ
It’s a real honour and privilege to be a patron of Abram Wilson. I’ve met amazing musicians, and the charity is genuinely helping people flourish and become their best selves – not just in musicianship but in confidence. It’s great to be involved with something that feels cutting edge. They always work with artists who do incredibly interesting things and are evolving all the time – and they are all artists I admire a great deal, so I get a sense of connection to a zeitgeist of change and innovation and excellence with musical ability. And I feel able to tap into a more visionary version of the country we’re in.
– Nitin Sawhney, producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist and orchestral composer; and Abram Wilson patron
“Future Sound is just an amazing opportunity…there’s just nothing like it otherwise. It provides this extracurricular provision that is just not possible in schools and this amazing opportunity to work with young professional musicians who are really exciting and really inspirational.”
Sophie Sayer, Head of Music, Mossbourne Community Academy
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