Launching the Sepilok Jazz Academy by FOSTER: A Golden Opportunity for Sandakan’s Musical Talents

SANDAKAN: Friends of Sea Turtles Education and Research (FOSTER) takes great pride in announcing the unveiling of the Sepilok Jazz Academy, a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to nurturing jazz talent, particularly among the youth.


Scheduled for May 4, 2024, the launch is highly anticipated, not just within the state but particularly in Sandakan.

FOSTER’s President, Alexander Yee Kok Tsen, emphasised that the Sepilok Jazz Academy is not only a platform for experiencing and showcasing talent in the jazz genre but also a catalyst for participants’ involvement in healthy activities and personal development.

“Sandakan’s music talents and those from across Sabah and Malaysia are warmly invited to join this transformative program and make a significant impact on the world of jazz music,” declared Yee during the Sepilok Jazz Academy’s launch in Sandakan.

The programme coincides with the 3rd edition of the Sepilok Jazz event on September 6 and 7, 2024, at the Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok Sandakan. The event promises various learning opportunities and stellar performances by talented artists.

FOSTER expresses deep appreciation for the invaluable support from the Sabah Tourism Board and Maswing for the 3rd edition of Sepilok Jazz and Sepilok Jazz Academy. In collaboration with Trinity Arts & Music Academy, they have organised the inaugural Sepilok Jazz Academy, offering an unforgettable experience for all participants.

Hence, FOSTER encourages music talents in Sandakan and beyond, especially the youth with an interest in experiencing and showcasing jazz music, to register and partake in this program. Let’s collectively shape the Sepilok Jazz Academy into a platform for expressing our musical talents and supporting conservation efforts for sea turtles.

Support from various sectors, including media practitioners, is solicited to ensure the resounding success of this program.

The presence of the Sepilok Jazz Academy is expected to not only provide a cultural boost but also stimulate economic growth by attracting tourists from both domestic and international regions. This initiative holds the promise of becoming a cornerstone for Sandakan’s artistic and economic landscape.

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