Arts and cultural activities, Education

Three Nations Under One Groove - A Pan


Who is behind this?

Dominik Seidler

Deutscher Musikrat gemeinnützige Projektgesellschaft mbH - Bundesjazzorchester


Who is joining forces?

National Youth Jazz Orchestera UK

United Kingdom

Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The three National Youth Jazz Orchestras of the UK (NYJO), Germany (BuJazzO) and the Netherlands (NJJO) join together for a musical project and concert tour through the Ruhr Region, the Netherlands and the UK, in order to celebrate the ideas of freedom and partnership amongst Europe’s youth and to lay the foundations of a pan-European youth jazz community. This cultural exchange will enable the musicians to interact, share concepts and widen their network of colleagues beyond territorial borders

Where will your idea take place?

Landesmusikakademie NRW Heek, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam, London, Leeds, Gateshead.

Why does Europe need your idea?

European jazz education is vibrant and exciting within national borders, but there is as yet little international cooperation. We want to increase opportunities for young outstanding jazz musicians from across Europe to network and collaborate, to support them in their future careers and to strengthen personal relationships between young musical talents and future cultural ambassadors of jazz education in Europe.

What is your impact?

• A successful week of joint rehearsals, in which the best young musicians of three countries learn from and interact with each other. 7 successful joint concerts in DE, NL, UK.
• Lasting personal and professional relationships between the 50 young musicians who participate in the programme.
• The project will help to establish a framework for longer-term Pan-European youth jazz collaborations and enhance intercultural education, enabling more young people to learn to enjoy and even play jazz.

How do you get there?

September 2016: BuJazzO, NYJO and NJJO musicians meet in the German Landesmusikakademie Heek (NRW) for four days to rehearse the musical programme. During this period, two mixed bands will be formed, composed of musicians from all three bands. While preparing the music for performance, the young musicians connect, interact and improvise in jam sessions, gain new insights from each other about their musical concepts in Jazz and their professional needs. Following the four days of rehearsal, the bands will go on a four-date concert tour of Germany and the Netherlands.
April 2017: Joint rehearsal of BuJazzO, NYJO and NJJO at The Royal College of Music in London. After this follows a three-date tour in the UK, including performances at prestigious venues in London, Leeds and Gateshead.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

The main target group is young jazz musicians aged 15 to 25 from Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Professional jazz musicians and university-level educators from Germany, the Netherlands and the UK are invited to attend the concerts and get in contact with the musicians and organisational teams in order to share their experiences and educational perspectives.
The audiences at the concerts will range in age from children to seniors.

What makes your idea stand apart?

It is the first European project connecting the National Youth Jazz Orchestras of Germany, the UK and the Netherlands. In this project, jazz music is the central element around which the participants come together, creating a unique space of open-minded musical communication through improvisation. It supports lasting friendships and professional connections between young European jazz musicians and spreads a fire of inspiration – musically and personally – to everybody who listens to the music.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 118640,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Travel costs: 30.500 €, Accommodation and subsistence: 45.490 €, Fees and honoraria: 34.000 €, Public Relations: 3.000 €, Unforeseen and others: 5.650 €.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would be glad to get some input from you concerning possible cooperations with other European Youth Big Bands from your home countries.



Idea created on March 7, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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