Press Article from America!

Local Musician One of Six Worldwide Winners

Tarpon Springs, Florida, September 15, 2010

Composer and conductor Andy Jackson, who lives in Bishop Auckland and is Director of the Cobweb Orchestra has been awarded a Music Fellowship to visit the USA and experience American style community music making at first hand as a guest of the New Horizons International Music Association.
Between October and May, six musicians from countries around the world who are interested in New Horizons programs will visit the United States and Canada: other Fellows are Graham Sattler from Australia; Julie Jackson-Gough from New Zealand; Cornellia Van Oostrum from South Africa; Marco Fanti from Italy; Alan Lewis from The United Kingdom. They each have been awarded a NAMM New Horizons Music Fellowship to assist with up to $2,000 of their travel expenses.
Each Fellowship winner will observe New Horizons bands, orchestras or choruses in two or more locations and meet with Dr. Roy Ernst, the Founder of New Horizons Music. There are presently 172 New Horizons program, with 17 more in the planning phase. New Horizons groups in many countries will become part of an international network in which musicians will enjoy music camps and other events together.
The Fellowships are made possible by a grant to New Horizons International Music Association from The NAMM Foundation, which allocated $585,000 in funding during the current year to support innovative community-based music learning programs that allow more people the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of active music making. The new grants, while only a small portion of NAMM’s overall annual multimillion-dollar-reinvestment into the music products industry, help worthy organizations operate programs designed to increase interest and participation in making music among seniors, college students and school-aged children. Since 1994, the NAMM Foundation has supported music-making programs has since then allocated more than $12.5 million to ensure their continuity.
New Horizons International Music Association Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes Music programs by providing entry points to music making for adults, including those with little or no musical experience. New Horizons music was started by Professor Roy Ernst at the Eastman School of Music Rochester, New York in 1991. For more information about New Horizons International Music Association, please visit :
The NAMM Foundationis a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit: For more information about the NAMM Foundation’s grants and scholarships, please e-mail

Posted by Catherine Shackell