"It is exciting to help identify and promote the careers of emerging jazz artists committed to the creative and professional development of their very own excellent bands. DCJazzPrix is unique in that it recognizes bands over soloists. It allows jazz artists to pause and concentrate on band identity on multiple fronts, increase performance opportunities, and sustain collective output."
SUNNY SUMTER Executive Director, DC Jazz Festival
Three semifinalist bands will be chosen to compete at the 2018 DC JazzFest before an enthusiastic DC crowd that will vote for the winner. The winning band will begin a year-long association with the DC Jazz Festival to include: extensive publicity; customized business development and career impact services; and receipt of a highly visible 2019 DC JazzFest engagement with commensurate compensation.
The 2018 DCJazzPrixTM is made possible thanks to the support of Conrad Kenley, Linda and Michael Sonnenreich, and Anne and Ron Abramson.