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DCJazzPrix is an annual international band competition that provides a unique professional and adjudication platform for emerging bands, outside of the traditional academic and commercial arenas. Unlike other performance-based contests, DCJazzPrix puts the emphasis on the essential interactions between band members and recognizes these relationships as the core pursuit of the jazz aesthetic. Young and emerging jazz bands are encouraged to apply for what apsires to be a premier global platform for jazz band’s seeking new audiences and exciting career navigation opportunities.
All DCJazzPrix applicants will have their music heard by a prestigious jury of jazz luminaries. Up to three finalist bands will be selected to travel to Washington, DC during the annual DC JazzFest to compete at the DCJazzPrix Finals before an enthusiastic crowd of jazz fans. The winning band will begin a yearlong association with the DC Jazz Festival to include: a $15,000 grand prize, customized business development and career impact services, extensive publicity training, and a highly visible 2022 DC JazzFest engagement with commensurate compensation.
Age: band members must be at least 18 years old, but not older than 45, as of April 1, 2022
Band Size: 2-9 instrumental or vocal members
Reach: International applicants accepted
Bands may combine any instrumentation including conventional jazz strings and winds formats and/or percussion, voice, and technology
Band stability is stressed: Band personnel of the band may not change once the application is submitted
Band must be a formed and functioning ensemble for at least three years prior to time of application; groups may not be established with the purpose of competing in the DCJazzPrix
Applicant bands may be affiliated or housed within music school departments, or be categorized as “stand-alone/self-contained” and/or professionally emerging ensembles
Each member is required to compete in Washington, DC. Finalists are responsible for travel to Washington, DC. Each band will receive a travel stipend of $500.00 (maximum). Hotel rooms will be provided by DC Jazz Festival.
Visit https://www.dcjazzfest.org/dcjazzprix-apply for more information.