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Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity
Jack Nissan AFSEE

Jack Nissan

Founding Director, Tinderbox Collective

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Based in Scotland, Jack is interested in creative and collaborative ways of bringing people together. He is a musician and the founding director of Tinderbox Collective, a diverse community of young people, musicians, and artists. Through a range of activities - from creative youth clubs to alternative orchestras, young band nights, game design, arts festivals and events - Tinderbox Collective supports people to build their confidence and creativity, and explore what they have to say through music and the arts.

Recent initiatives that Jack has driven include 'We Make Music Instrument Libraries' - a campaign to get musical instruments into public libraries across Scotland so people can borrow them for free like taking out a book, the Scottish Youth Music Exchange - a collaborative network for out-of-school youth music groups, and Samata Arts Collective - an international collective of arts and community groups using accessible technology and hybrid events to collaborate and perform with each other.

Jack is a board member with Scotland’s Music Education Partnership Group (MEPG), a membership organisation and national network advocating for music education in all its forms. In 2021, MEPG successfully campaigned to make music tuition free in all schools across Scotland and they deliver a range of programmes improving access to music education. He is also a co-founder and previous board member of Hidden Door, a multi arts festival that supports and celebrates emerging artists, musicians, theatre-makers, film-makers and poets.

Jack joined the Atlantic Fellows in Social and Economic Equity in 2017-18 to develop his understanding of the wider economic and structural inequalities affecting many of the young people he works with, and to learn from others involved in different fields and from different countries. He holds a MSc in Inequalities and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


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