In recent years, we have developed an active programme of sending competition contestants into local schools. We offer free transport to local schools wanting to attend the early competition stages, as well as free tickets. We also offer discounted tickets to the competition for young people.

The 2020 piano festival will launch an ambitious youth engagement project- more information coming soon. We have also committed to giving 10% of our tickets away to local children and young people.

Every February, we invite members of the public to the Priory Meadow shopping centre in Hastings to perform on a grand piano. School groups and children are invited to perform and to watch.

As part of our 2020 Festival community engagement projects, in partnership with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra we will be hosting a series of workshops in three local schools this Spring. The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) promotes the exciting, engaging and inspirational musical genre through world-class performances and education work. Since its founding in 1965, NYJO has grown from a single jazz orchestra to a multi-faceted organisation that works in jazz education at all levels across the country.