Award Winning Saxophonist YolanDa Brown has teamed up with the 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 UEL. The award is available to up to four UEL students.

Barking-born YolanDa is a double MOBO award-winning jazz saxophonist whose album ‘April Showers May Flowers’ was released in April 2012 and reached the no 1 position on the UK iTunes Jazz Charts. She has a long-standing connection with UEL and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2010. YolanDa having just given birth to a baby girl 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.

If you require any additional information on the award please do not hesitate to contact the Alumni Team on 020 8223 2222 or

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