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Reminder: DCJazzPrix Applications Deadline is April 27

Frank Hammel • News • April 7, 2021

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DC Jazz Festival issued a reminder on April 7 that there is only 20 days left to apply for DCJazzPrix, DC Jazz Festival’s annual international band competition for young and emerging jazz ensembles.

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There are only 20 days left to apply for DC Jazz Festival’s annual international jazz band competition, the DCJazzPrix. Ensembles from around the world will compete for the $15,000 grand prize. Has your band applied?

Different from other competitions, DCJazzPrix puts an emphasis on showcasing jazz bands and recognizing the essential interactions between band members as the core pursuit of the jazz aesthetic. Three finalist bands will be selected from the applicant pool and will be invited to Washington, DC to compete in the DCJazzPrix Finals as part of 17th Annual DC JazzFest.

The winning band will receive a $15,000 cash award, year-long professional assessment benefits including career strategies and a paid main stage engagement during the 2022 DC JazzFest.

Potential applicants will find additional submission guidelines and the full list of eligibility requirements at The entry fee remains a modest $25 per band and the application deadline is April 27, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET.

DCJazzPrix is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Leonard and Elaine Silverstein Family Foundation; and the DCJazzPrix award thanks to Conrad Kenley, and the Galena-Yorktown Foundation.


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