The Abram Wilson Foundation is a charity that supports young people to become the greatest version of themselves through the arts and in particular the art of music.

Founded in 2012, the Abram Wilson Foundation is inspired by the late, great jazz trumpet-player Abram Wilson and the values he embodied as both a critically acclaimed, award winning musician and an inspiring educator. His legacy and spirit live on in our work and those who are proud to have called him their teacher and mentor. In his short life, Abram achieved greatness, the Foundation exists to help others do the same.

Our aims

To equip young people with 21st century skills – like confidence, communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking
To improve access to the arts for all young people, whatever their background
To help support the future of music in the UK.

How we do it

Our music education programme aimed at disadvantaged and diverse participants from 8–18 years and involves:

– Jazz and blues music workshops in primary and secondary schools based in deprived areas of London and Birmingham
– Training for professional artists to design and deliver our creative workshops
– Continuous Professional Development opportunities to support teachers who want to incorporate more creativity into their teaching practice

Since 2010 the arts have been squeezed out of the curriculum risking a two-tier system where those from underprivileged backgrounds continue to be deprived access to a creative education and/or career. We want to address this inequality and help make the arts accessible for all.

Our career development programme supports talented up and coming jazz musicians in the early to mid-stages of their careers through:

– Regular strategic support to build sustainable full-time professional careers
– Access to industry professionals to realise strategic goals
– Opportunities to develop both artistic and educational practice through our music education programme
– Live performances to showcase their work

Since 2012 we have laid the foundations for a sharing economy where we build an ever-increasing cohort of artists and educators who remain engaged with AWF throughout their careers, paying it forward by acting as role models, mentors and educators.

We are delighted to have two accomplished and renowned musicians, Nitin Sawhney and Reuben James, as our patrons.

Get involved!

If you love jazz music and want to support some of the most exciting up and coming musicians working in London right now AND if you want to help us tackle inequality in the arts for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, then look no further. Become an Abram Wilson Foundation Trailblazer and help us ensure that young people with fewer opportunities get the chance to enjoy all the benefits and magic the arts can bring. Plus help us champion some of the best and brightest up and coming musicians around, helping them forge a sustainable career as a full-time artist, which includes supporting them in becoming workshop leaders for the next generation. You will meet some incredible people and receive regular personal emails and updates from us. These will include invites and exclusive offers to some exciting and special gigs and events. For a suggested donation of £10 per month you can become an exclusive member of the Abram Wilson Foundation. However, all monthly amounts are welcome, big or small.

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About our work – here’s a video of our Achieve Your Greatness Schools Programme (2017-18):

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Randolph Matthews & Yaron Stavi


Lockdown Live & Recorded – Alanis Morissette


Lockdown Live & Recorded – Patchwork Jazz Orchestra


Lockdown Live & Recorded – Remi Harris


Lockdown Live & Recorded – Swing 42


Lockdown Live & Recorded – Ola Onabulé


Lockdown Live & Recorded – Guillermo Hill


Lockdown Live & Recorded – Ayanna Witter-Johnson


Lockdown Live & Recorded – Paul Towndrow


Lockdown Live & Recorded – Josephine Davies


Lockdown Live & Recorded – Riot Jazz Brass Band


Lockdown Live & Recorded – 3 Cohens


Lockdown Live & Recorded – Electric Lady Big Band


Lockdown Live & Recorded – London Trombonists


Lockdown Live & Recorded – Tommy Blaize & All Fired Up


Lockdown Live & Recorded – Emily Dankworth