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2019 DCJazzPrix Seeks Applicants to Compete

Jazzed Magazine • News • November 14, 2018

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The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) has announced the launch of its 2019 international jazz band competition, DCJazzPrix, issuing a call for applications live at Potential applicants will find guidelines including eligibility, review criteria, terms, and digital submission requirements for the application, which will close March 3, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET. The entry fee is $49 per band.

DCJazzPrix is unique in that it aims to identify and showcase emerging and exceptional jazz band talent from around the world,” said Sunny Sumter, DCJF executive director, adding “The contest is designed to help launch and promote the careers of emerging jazz ensembles who are committed to sustained and creative band development and performance opportunities.”

The winner of the 2018 DCJazzPrix, Cornerstore, won a $15,000 cash prize, and will perform June 15, 2019 as part of the 2019 DC JazzFest at The Wharf on one of the main stages.

Among the criteria for applying is that bands must be comprised of two to nine members. Each band member must be at least 18 years old, but not older than 42 as of March 4, 2019. Each band member is required to compete in Washington, DC, should the band be chosen as a finalist. Applicant bands may be affiliated or housed within music school departments, or be categorized as “stand-alone/self-contained” and/or professionally emerging ensembles. Additional eligibility requirements are explained online.

The winner will be awarded a $15,000 cash prize and a year-long association with the DC Jazz Festival organization to include: public exposure, business support and career navigation services, and a main stage 2019 DC JazzFest paid engagement.

Additionally, the top three finalist bands from the DCJazzPrix will also play 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.

Once the application process closes in March, a prestigious jury will evaluate eligible applications based on artistic excellence and artistic merit.

On April 1, 2019, three finalist bands will be announced and invited to Washington, DC to participate in the DCJazzPrix Finals, in front of a main stage audience at DC JazzFest Saturday, June 15, 2019.

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