The call for applications for the fourth annual DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) international band competition, DCJazzPrix, begins November 8, 2018. Jazz bands from all over the world are invited to apply. Providing a unique professional performance and adjudication platform for emerging bands, outside of the traditional academic and commercial arenas, is the core of DCJazzPrix's mission. Different from other competitions. DCJazzPrix recognizes the band and the essential interactions between band members as the core pursuit of the jazz aesthetic.
Three finalists will be chosen by a prestigious jury to compete at the 2019 DC JazzFest before an enthusiastic crowd. The winning band will begin a year-long association with DCJF to include: extensive publicity; customized business development and career impact services; a (paid) New York City engagement in the 2019/2020 season at Tribeca Performing Arts Center (TPAC) as part of TPAC’s annual Jazz In Progress Young Artist Series; and a highly visible 2019 DC JazzFest engagement with commensurate compensation.
What You Need to Know:
- Call for applications goes live Thursday November 8, 2018 and is available online here.
- Digital-only streamlined application process.
- Low registration fee ($49.00, forty-nine US dollars)
- Few eligibility criteria that includes global citizenry; band size (2-8 instrumental or vocal members); age parameters (18-42 as of March 4, 2019); and open repertoire
- Primary review criteria to include artistic excellence as evidenced by digital work sample of applicant’s recent performance(s), evidence of a working band, and a value of the perceived career opportunity and relationship with DC Jazz Festival for the applicant.
- Band stability is stressed, membership of the band may not change once the application is submitted.
- Band may combine any instrumentation including strings and winds formats and/or percussion, voice and technology.
- Applicant bands may be affiliated or housed within music school departments or categorized as 'stand-alone/self-contained' and/or professionally emerging ensembles.
- Application deadline is Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 11:59pm EST
- Finalists will compete during the 2019 DC JazzFest: June 15, 2019. Finalists will be responsible for transportation to DC. Hotel rooms will be provided.
- The DCJazzPrix winner will receive a $15,000 cash award, year-long professional assessment benefits including career strategies, a (paid) New York City engagement in the 2019/2020 season at Tribeca Performing Arts Center (TPAC) as part of TPAC’s annual Jazz In Progress Young Artist Series, and a paid main stage engagement during the 2019 DC JazzFest.
- Past winners include Cornerstore (2018), the Amp Trio featuring Tahira Clayton (2017) and New Century Jazz Quintet (2016)
“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 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.” - DC Jazz Festival Executive Director Sunny Sumter
Cornerstore (Baltimore, MD): Developed by Baltimore native, bassist Kris Funn, and based in the DMV, Cornerstore includes his fellow Howard University alum, drummer Quincy Phillips, and guitarist John Lee. Between them they have performed with such artists as Sean Jones, Christian Scott, Pharoah Sanders, Benny Golson, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton, Kamasi Washington, Hassan Hakmoun, Cyro Baptista, and Fatoumata Diawara and many others. Cornerstore released its first album in 2017, under the leadership of first call bassist Kris Funn. Life lessons meeting at the intersection of blues, rock, bebop and hip hop. See you at the Cornerstore.
Cornerstore began a year-long association with the DC Jazz Festival including: extensive publicity; customized business development and career impact services; and a highly visible 2019 DC JazzFest engagement with commensurate compensation. In addition, the top three DCJazzPrix finalists will also play a (paid) New York City engagement at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, as part of Tribeca PAC's annual Jazz in Progress Emerging Band series, during the 2018-19 season.