Conad and Umbria Jazz again on the hunt for talent

After two years of forced stop finally returns the Conad Jazz Contest, a competition dedicated to emerging musicians under 28 now in its ninth edition edition. A great opportunity for 10 young bands, selected by the online community and by an artistic jury chaired by Stefano Bragatto, Director of Radio Monte Carlo, which will have the opportunity to perform on the prestigious stage of Umbria Jazz (Perugia, 8-17 July 2022). Bologna, May 6, 2022.

Conad and Umbria Jazz Foundation today launch the ninth Conad Jazz Contest, open to young musicians aged between young musicians aged between 18 and 28 years, soloists or groups, who propose their best jazz songs to earn the visibility of the most coveted jazz stage in Italy. The bands that want to test their talent, starting from today May 5 and until June 1, 2022, will be able to register for free, uploading at least three pieces of their repertoire directly on the website As always, the prize is the performance on the prestigious stage of Umbria Jazz (July 8-17, 2022) and a great support to the start of the career for the first classified.

Many confirmations for a formula of great success in all previous editions: also this year 10 ensembles or individual artists, selected from both Italian and foreign musicians living in Italy and aged between between 18 and 28 years old. will compete for the presence on the Umbria Jazz stage.

To select the new jazz talents will be also this year two juries: a technical jury

  • chaired by Manuele Morbidini, saxophonist and composer as well as musical director of the musical director of the Umbria Jazz Orchestra - which will identify 9 finalists, and the popular jury made of the online community, which will be able to comment on the competing songs and express their vote via web and mobile devices, deciding the tenth finalist.

Upon completion of the definition of the shortlist of 10 finalists and after the performances during the festival in front of the public of the kermesse in Perugia, will be then decreed by the artistic jury, chaired by Stefano Bregatto, Director of Radio Monte Carlo Carlo - with the help of Marco Molendini, journalist, Manuele Morbidini, musician and Director of Umbria Jazz Orchestra, Fabio di Bari, publisher and music producer and Patrizio Romano, Catalogue and Strategic Marketing Director, Warner Music - following the performances of young bands on the prestigious stage of Umbria Jazz, just at its forty-ninth edition. forty-ninth edition.

The competition has also obtained this year the patronage of the Umbria Region and the Municipality of Perugia and it will help as in the past editions to select the emerging jazz bands that will then tread prestigious stages: for the 1° classified, that will win 5.000 euro to to support his career, will be given the opportunity to be included in the lineup of Umbria Jazz Winter #29 and the special prize for the single most promising musician, who will be reserved a place at the Berklee Summer School 2023 at Umbria Jazz Clinics.

"We renew with satisfaction our support to an initiative very dear to us - said Francesco Pugliese, administrator of Umbria Jazz. comments Francesco Pugliese, CEO of Conad - We do not do this only for the growing success of the initiative, but also as an expression of Conad's commitment to culture and young people. We have always been used to going beyond the shutter by intervening in the communities where we are present to support the future, and we believe that a cultural occasion of aggregation as the Conad Jazz Contest is even more significant in the current context, with a gradual return to normality after the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. We do this because promoting talent is a way to create wealth for the country, giving young people the opportunity to stay in Italy and giving many young artists concrete possibilities of professional growth".

Promote the spread of culture as a common heritage, both through the sponsorship of projects promoted by third parties, as well as through initiatives carried out autonomously and directly, is part of Conad's concrete sustainability strategy. "We support the future" based on three dimensions: environment and resources, people and community, businesses and territory. Gian Luca Laurenzi, president of the Umbria Jazz Foundation, underlines how: "Jazz in jazz in Italy has always been synonymous with Umbria Jazz. Our stage that returns to play and host emerging talents is an important signal for musicians and for all music lovers. We look forward to hosting and listening to the new generation of jazz musicians and to support them as they begin their careers." 

Information and rules at Registration open from Friday, May 6, 2022 through Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Online voting closes Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

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