Jefferson has been awarded the 2019 Young Member Bursary with Equity, the UK trade union for creative practitioners, which supports actors with the help towards the cost of their professional development.
The award was presented to him at the Clarence Derwent Awards ceremony, held in London, by Equity President, Maureen Beattie.
Clarence Derwent was a London-born actor who became president of American Actors' Equity from 1946-52. He established awards on both sides of the Atlantic for actors in supporting roles, and the UK awards have been running since 1948, recognising the best supporting actor and actress on a London stage during a 12 month period.
The bursaries, introduced in 2006 as part of the Equity’s 75th anniversary year celebration for representing and supporting performers and creatives across all areas of the entertainment industry, are funded from donations from Equity Life members, whom are known and internally respected for their work with, and on behalf of, all of the union’s members.
“I am truly honoured”, said Jefferson, “Not only will the bursary establish my professional career as a committed vocalist, but it would allow me to connect to a wider audience to inspire like-minded individuals to follow their dreams and aspirations, and prove to them that they can achieve anything if they set they mind to it. Without a doubt a career highlight that I will always treasure"
Following the success of his debut covers EP From Me to You in 2018, Jefferson will be using his award to part-finance the production of his upcoming full-length covers album.