Establishing itself around Martyn Joseph’s formidable music career and years of humanitarian work, Let Yourself Trust is a non-profit organization that provides funding for and informs on a wide variety of projects and justice movements both abroad and home.
Let Yourself aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it’s found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations.
Let Yourself will partner with and provide funds for suitable projects and charities within communities both globally and locally, in all segments of society, without being held hostage to a particular ideology – only one of change and hope.
Let Yourself commits to identifying these organisations diligently and supporting them responsibly, through resourcing, governance and development.
Let Yourself Trust focuses on the causes and consequences of injustice and partners with advocates for change, helping to provide a choice and a chance.
Eyes for the hidden, a voice for the unheard.
Let Yourself Trust is the brain child of internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph [www.MartynJoseph.net]. Named after one of his recent songs, Let Yourself aims to benefit both global charities and grass roots local “people” projects in the UK.
Martyn is known not just for being an exceptional singer-songwriter delivering electrifying live performances, but also for his years of humanitarian work and patronage of agencies and charities throughout the world. Asked in an interview whether he considered himself primarily a musician or activist, Joseph replied, “I can’t decide … I guess it’s all part and parcel of the same thing for me.”
Focusing his attention towards trade justice, third world debt cancellation and human rights, Joseph has been involved with Brazil’s MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra), Amnesty International, Christian Aid, Central America’s Casa Alianza, Guatemala’s children’s village Project Somos, the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Jubilee 2000 and Advantage Africa. Martyn was awarded an Amnesty International accolade for his work with the Brazilian Landless Workers’ Association Movement.
In May 2004, in the wake of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Joseph released a five-track EP, The Great American Novel, with all proceeds designated to War Child. Later that year, Joseph was awarded Best Male Artist at the BBC Welsh Music Awards.
The launch of the Let Yourself Trust marks a desire in Martyn’s career to delve even further into combining his stunning work on stage with his compassionate work in the world.
Justine Ferland is the Executive Director of Let Yourself Trust. She is responsible for overseeing the charity’s management, including fundraising, donor communications, program growth and project management. She specializes in fundraising and has over a decade’s experience in business development and organisational management.
Justine previously worked in the music industry for 7 years in the USA as Vice President of Ralph Jaccodine Management, a personal artist management company, as well as Black Wolf Records, an independent record label. She was involved with promoting, marketing and managing creative talent, helping to build their careers via realistic strategies for releases, tours, publishing, press and promotional campaigns, as well as running two highly successful fundraising campaigns and managing a staff of interns.
Justine has a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Biology from the University of Maine in America, and attended Bates College on a full basketball scholarship. Post-graduation, she went on to work in a psychiatric hospital for two years. She is bilingual, a voracious reader on all mind-body subjects, and an avid runner, currently working on her tenth marathon.