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Submission Deadline for DCJazzPrix EXTENDED!

Submission Deadline for DCJazzPrix extended to Friday, March 8. 

Due to technical difficulties on the final day of the DCJazzPrix submission, we are extending the deadline to Friday, March 8 at 11:59pm. 

The DC Jazz Festival's Annual International Jazz Band Competition DCJazzPrix accepting applications at The application fee remains a modest $49 per band. Deadline: March 8, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET.

Previous winners include: Cornerstore (2018), the Amp Trio feat. Tahira Clayton (2017), and the New Century Jazz Quintet (2016).  

DCJazzPrix recognizes "the band" and the essential interactions between members as the core pursuit of the jazz aesthetic. Among the criteria, bands must be comprised of 2-9 members. Each member must be at least 18 years old, but not older than 42 as of March 4, 2019. Additional eligibility requirements:

May combine any instrumentation including conventional jazz strings and winds formats and/or percussion, voice, and technology.Band membership may not change once the application is submitted.Bands must be a formed and functioning ensemble prior to time of application: groups may not be explicitly established with the purpose of competing in the DCJazzPrix.Each finalist is required to compete in Washington DC.Applicant bands may be affiliated or housed within music school departments, or be categorized as "stand-alone/self-contained" and/or professionally emerging ensembles.

The winner is awarded a $15,000 cash prize and a year-long association with the DC Jazz Festival to include: extensive public exposure; business/career navigation services; and a (paid) main stage 2019 DC JazzFest engagement.

The top three finalists 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!   

A prestigious jury will evaluate eligible applications based on artistic excellence and artistic merit. Three finalists will be announced by April 1, 2019

The DCJazzPrix award is made possible thanks to the generous support of  Conrad Kenley, Linda and Michael Sonnenreich, and the Galena-Yorktown Foundation.  For more information about the DC Jazz Festival and our year-round programs, visit

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The DC Jazz Festival®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization, and its 2019 programs are made possible, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment; the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development; and, in part, by major grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Galena-Yorktown Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Gillon Family Charitable Fund, the NEA Foundation, Venable Foundation, The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, and the Reva & David Logan Foundation. ©2019 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.

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