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YolanDa Brown launches music award with London university

GIVING BACK: Award-winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown, pictured here in 2010, was awarded an honorary doctorate from UEL

AWARD-WINNING saxophonist YolanDa Brown has teamed up with the University of East London (UEL) to create a new music award for students.

The YolanDa Brown Music Award will provide financial support, specifically to final year students, studying BSc Hons Music Technology or BA Hons Music Production and Culture at the east London institution.

The award is available for to up to four UEL students and will provide them with £500 each towards equipment or studio time. Applications can start from 31 March 2014.

YolanDa, originally from Barking, east London, is a double MOBO award-winning jazz saxophonist, whose debut album April Showers May Flowers, released in April 2012, reached No.1 on the UK iTunes Jazz Charts.

She has a long-standing connection with UEL and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2010 for her services to music.

EXCITED: The music fund will provide financial support to final year students helping with the cost of equipment or studio time

Having just given birth to a baby girl, the musician understands the importance of supporting the next generation, which is why she has lent her support to this music fund.

YolanDa, said: “I am very excited to be involved in creating this award as this is a concept really close to my heart. I want to give UEL students an opportunity to launch their careers in music. The music industry is a fantastic place to work and be a part of. This award will help to give a group of ambitious and talented students the support they need.”

YolanDa, a celebrity ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, is also a Patron of The Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians, which provides outstanding progression and development opportunities to young people who demonstrate significant musical talent and commitment. Her World tour will start in London in May 2014 followed by a nationwide tour.

This is the first project from the YolanDa Brown Foundation.

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