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Experienced accountant seeking charity trustee role?

The National Youth Arts Trust is looking for a new financial trustee to take on the role of Treasurer for the Trust.

If you, or anyone you know is interested in joining our charity as Treasurer, we’d love to hear from you!

The National Youth Arts Trust (NYAT) is a small performing arts charity founded in 2013. We exist to provide access to the performing arts for young people aged between 7 and 25 from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our vision is to see a diverse and inclusive performing arts sector that nurtures talent from any background.

We are seeking an experienced accountant who ideally has some specific experience of charity accounts. This person would be the Trustee to whom the Board can delegate its duty of detailed oversight of the charity’s finances. This would include being the charity’s key contact with its bank, taking the lead role in the preparation of the annual report and accounts, including liaising with the Independent Financial Examiner, and supporting the charity’s Operations Director on operational financial issues.

The trustees meet in London as a full board every three to four months to review beneficiary updates, fundraising plans, finances, operational updates, and new projects. Each trustee is also a member of one of three sub-committees – finance, fundraising and creative & grant giving – which meet every quarter between board meetings.

For any further information please contact us –

Please note this is a voluntary position.

“When words fail, music speaks”

In our spring newsletter, we hear from two music bursary recipients as they talk about their passion for music-making and how your support has made a huge difference to their education. Plus read about a life changing trip to the theatre and rehearsal room news from our youth theatre.


“If it wasn’t for music and drama my son would have no confidence.”*

Participating in the arts helps a young person’s development in many ways. It increases confidence, engages the imagination and can give someone a voice at a time when they may feel unable to communicate.

If only young people from economically advantaged backgrounds are able to engage and train in the arts, then we are perpetuating an environment in the arts sector where only a very narrow set of voices are being heard.

With your help, NYAT is working hard to ensure that talented young people are not at risk of being excluded from the arts because of lack of finances.

Two music beneficiaries would like to share their testimonies about just how much your support means:

“As a low income family we have found it very financially straining to support our son’s love of learning music. Everything costs from tuition and instrument purchase to music books and transportation cost going here to there for lessons and performances. When our son won an NYAT award it was a HUGE relief to know that for a spell his trumpet lessons were covered. This has made a huge difference to us as a family. The NYAT purchasing a suitable instrument for him to use is so important to his music making. We would never be able to afford an appropriate instrument and now he will be able to progress without being hindered by an unsuitable instrument. We feel truly blessed to have received this award.” Parent of NYAT music bursary recipient


“Since I can remember I’ve had a passion for music. I enjoy my tuition a lot because you learn stuff what you wouldn’t learn at school. I look forward to the jazz and rock group because I like that sort of music and we perform as a band in front of the whole of the music academy. This year I’m taking my grade five theory and grade five singing. If I hadn’t had NYAT’s help I wouldn’t have been able to carry on with my music. I’m very grateful as it’s very important to me and my future. Thank you.” Henry Ruff, NYAT music bursary recipient 

*Parent of music bursary recipient

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To kick off the new year, we piloted our theatre ticket scheme with the Rhyl Primary School in North London – taking Year One to see a stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me’ at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington.

When asked about the theatre, all but one didn’t know what a theatre was, and again, all but one had never been to the theatre before – this trip being their first experience!

The pupils really loved the show, and we had some brilliant feedback:

  • “I felt happy. My dad was laughing too.”
  • “Thank you for letting us go to the theatre. I like the part when the burglar came to dance.”
  • “I liked everything!”
  • “My favourite part was when the police was chasing the criminal!”

Our theatre ticket scheme gives young students the opportunity to see quality theatre, who might not normally have access to such opportunities.

Help us bring more young people to the theatre for the very first time.

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“I’m so grateful to the NYAT for seeing my potential in that audition last year! Just wanna let you know, I appreciate all the support you give me. I’m really humbled by all this. Thank you!!”  Moses Adupa, youth theatre member

Our youth theatre turns one this spring! To celebrate, the youth theatre are starting to rehearse three plays; Bouncers by NYAT patron John Godber, Shakers! by John Godber and Jane Thornton, and Find Me by Olwen Wymark. The performances are to take place at the end of June. For rehearsal pictures and updates, visit our Facebook page.

The youth theatre are also heading to London for a Shakespeare masterclass at renowed drama school RADA, which the youth theatre are particularly excited about!

The youth theatre leaders are very pleased with the progress the youth theatre members have made so far and say, “The group members are supportive, kind and thoughtful with one another.” “The increase in confidence has led to the participants taking more risks in their performances, now feeling absolutely certain that negative judgement does not really exist in the eyes of the group.”

We are thrilled to be working with such talented young theatre makers and we are proud to provide a positive and creative activity for teenagers in the Ely area.

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“Ever since I was 14 I have dreamed of studying at Performers College, and to think that the only reason it was made possible was because of NYAT makes me feel so lucky and privileged. I want to thank you for your kindness and believing I am worth investing in.” Georgie Cox, dance bursary recipient

Your support helps young theatre makers, dancers and musicians have access to quality training opportunities that they would otherwise not have, and helps provides positive and creative activities for children and teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are aiming to double the amount of young people we are supporting in 2016, but we cannot do this without your help.

A hundred percent of bursary recipients said they would not have been able to start or continue with their tuition or would have seriously struggled to, without an NYAT bursary.

Much of the work we do is supported by individuals who are passionate about nurturing future talent regardless of background. If you would like to make a difference to the future of the arts in the UK, please donate now. Thank you!

p.s. Don’t forget you can raise free donations for NYAT whenever you shop online! Do your weekly shop online? We have a page with so please do follow the link before you shop, find out more and help us raise vital funds for 2016. Thank you for your support!

*Title quote by Hans Christian Andersen

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Happy New Year!

We are incredibly excited for what 2016 has to hold for the National Youth Arts Trust.

To kick off the new year, we are piloting our theatre ticket scheme with Rhyl Primary School in North London – taking Year 1 to see a stage adaptation of ‘The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me’ at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington. Our performing arts bursary scheme is open for applications and our drama project with young offenders in Kent is starting to take shape.

We’ve also published our very first newsletter, which looks back at an incredible year in 2015. Last year, with your help, more young people had access to the arts through NYAT than ever before; enabling them to continue with their violin lessons, learn ballet, attend recall auditions and induction days, attend youth theatre workshops, visit the theatre and start their training at drama school – without the financial burden.

“[At drama school] I have been challenged and inspired like never before. Without support from the NYAT, it would have been impossible for me to have taken up this incredible opportunity and be living my dream.”
Leah Gayer, Access bursary recipient

Get your copy of our New Year newsletter here.

We are aiming to double the amount of young people we are supporting in 2016, but we cannot do this without your help.

Much of the work we do is supported by individuals who are passionate about nurturing future talent regardless of background. If you would like to make a difference to the future of the arts in the UK, please do consider making us your charity of the year in 2016 and donate now.

Thank you.

p.s. You can raise free donations for NYAT whenever you shop online! Shopping online in the January sales? We have a page with so please do follow the link before you shop, find out more and help us raise vital funds for 2016. Thank you for your support!

Do you know someone who is looking for support to access arts training? Our bursary scheme is open to applications! We provide bursaries for music lessons and dance classes for those who cannot afford to fund themselves, and we help fund costs relating to drama school recall auditions and tuition fees. Find out more here.




Season’s Greetings

It is nearly three years since I sat in a café talking to our chair, Fiona Millar, about the crisis in arts funding and mulling the idea of starting this charity. Those three years have been an extraordinary time and I want to thank you, our incredible group of supporters, who have given us your vital support to get us to this point and in shaping the NYAT into the charity it is today.

Over the 25 years I have worked as a theatre director in the UK, I have come to realise how essential it is that the performing arts represent their audience, and are created by all our society. But owing to economic circumstances it has become increasingly difficult for young people from challenging backgrounds – or even just where arts facilities are scarce – to fulfil their creative potential. Which is why NYAT was created. Our vision is to see a diverse and inclusive performing arts sector that nurtures talent from any background.

If you share this vision and would like to been kept in the loop about our work, join our new mailing list. Our newsletters will be about all the things your support is helping to achieve and will include opportunities to get involved.

We look forward to having you alongside us on this journey. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Fiona Laird X
Theatre Director and NYAT Founder

p.s Much of the work we do is supported by individuals who are passionate about increasing access to the arts for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. If you haven’t found a charity to support this Christmas – look no further!

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Youth Theatre Company Update

NYAT’s youth theatre in Ely has been having a brilliant few weeks, rounded off by an acting master class run by critically acclaimed actress Linda Marlowe!

We were delighted to welcome the ever wonderful Ms Marlowe to our youth theatre at the weekend (June 20th). Linda first talked about her experiences in theatre; in particular working with Steven Berkoff over a twenty-five year span as leading lady in many of his plays. The youth theatre then learnt the importance of using your body to communicate a character and devised short scenes using extracts from Kafka’s Metamorphosis. The master class was run as part of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival and family, friends and the local community were invited to watch the master class take place.

Linda said of the workshop; “It was a pleasure and a delight to work with NYAT and the students. I would be very happy to come back and work with the youth theatre again.”

A month before Linda’s master class, the youth theatre welcomed two LAMDA representatives, Rhiannon (LAMDA’s participation officer), and recent LAMDA graduate Kayla, to our workshop session at the weekend. It was a fantastic opportunity for the youth theatre to learn about vocational training and get an insight into daily life at drama school. Kayla performed her brilliant audition piece and talked about the skills she learnt during her training; including voice work, physical theatre, acting, stage combat and prominent theatre practitioners.

The youth theatre started meeting at the end of February this year and since then, its members have been hard at work devising short scenes, working on monologues and character development and learning a variety of acting techniques. In particular members have been looking at scenes in Breezeblock Park by Willy Russell and Once a Catholic by Mary O’Malley and have been using material generated from newspaper headlines to devise some fantastic sketches; with pyrotechnics, pork chops, superheroes and Nutella some of the more quirky themes.

Of the workshops, participants have said, “This is an amazing thing to be part of.” “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every session so far.” “I have learnt a lot about myself. [NYAT youth theatre] has helped shaped me as a performer. The team are very supportive and I feel very comfortable being with NYAT.”

Watch this space for more youth theatre company news in the coming weeks!

The National Youth Arts Trust helps provide access to the performing arts, at all stages, for young people from non-privileged backgrounds.

We provide bursaries for music lessons and dance classes for those who cannot afford to fund themselves, and we support youth theatre projects in areas where there is little or no such provision. For those looking to move into Higher Education we aim to increase access to the Conservatoires for young people from the regions by providing help with the cost of travel to auditions and interviews.
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