Abram Wilson Foundation

Abram Wilson Foundation

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  • Arts

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National - Britain


We inspire, connect and open doors to the music industry so that minoritised young talent has an equal chance to realise their creative potential.

Inspired by the critically acclaimed and award-winning 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.

We take our name from Abram Wilson a renowned jazz trumpet-player from New Orleans, USA. He was as passionate about bringing through young talent, as he was about writing and playing.

His wife and manager Jennie Cashman Wilson founded this charity in his memory.  Abram’s experiences have influenced how our programmes happen, as part of an exciting and thriving UK jazz scene. And we continue to work hard to inspire a new generation of talent that is representative of the society we live in.


Our Programmes

Our Career Development Programme is about supporting up-and-coming artists with coaching, mentoring and career strategy sessions. We work to understand their vision so that together we can help them build their own sustainable careers. Artists learn how to identify key milestones, multiple income streams and the right team for them. As well as regular coaching and strategy sessions, they also gain access to industry professionals and opportunities to showcase their work and develop skills as music educators.

Future Sound is about connecting minoritised 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.

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