National Jazz Awards

 Australia’s Most Prestigious Jazz Award


Designed to provide encouragement and exposure to young musicians (up to 35 years of age), Australia’s most prestigious jazz competition, the National Jazz Awards, has been a highlight each year since the Festival began in 1990. Each year ten finalists are chosen to perform, for the chance to win up to $12,000, and valuable opportunities to gain industry recognition and boost their careers. With past winners including now prominent artists such as Barney McAll, James Muller, Phil Slater, Scott Tinkler, Michelle Nicolle and Stephen Magnusson, the benefits of succeeding in the National Jazz Awards are far reaching.

To enter into the National Jazz Awards, contestants must apply online and submit three recorded pieces (via email to is preferred or via CD to PO BOX 860, Wangaratta, 3676), one of each from the categories detailed below (not necessarily in this order):

(a) a composition by an established Australian brass instrumentalist
(b) a ballad (standard or original)
(c) a 12-bar blues (standard or original)

At least one piece must be an original (i.e. composed by the applicant). Where the piece in category (a) is a ballad or a blues, the applicant may elect to complete the program with an original piece in any style.

One of these pieces must be played by the contestant with a band including piano/keyboard, bass and drums. The other two pieces may be played by any combination of these instruments, from solo to quartet.

Closing date for entries is July 31, 2017. Unfortunately, entries received or postmarked after this date will not be eligible for assessment.

If you would like to find out more about the process or are interested in submitting an application, please click here and follow the prompts.


Australian Register of Cultural Organisations

We are proud to welcome a new era of generous support from those wishing to contribute to the development of Australian culture; in particular the development and recognition of young jazz and blues musicians.

Wangaratta Jazz and Blues is listed on the Australian Register of Cultural Organisations which means gifts donated to our Jazz and Blues Development Fund are tax deductible.

Since 2009, the National Jazz Awards have been supported by donors Anthony and Sharon Lee from Sydney, who are “delighted to be associated with the prestigious National Jazz Awards and Wangaratta Jazz and Blues.”

Members of the Festival Board, the Artistic Directing Team, and all those associated with the Festival thank Anthony and Sharon for their generosity and ongoing, valuable contribution to the development of Australian music.

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