The Umbria Jazz Stage

10 bands – chosen by the Technical Judges and the Public Judges - will get the chance to be part of the Umbria Jazz calendar, where they will be assessed live by the panel of Artistic Judges chaired by Paolo Fresu during performances from 17 to 19 July. The panel will then select the overall winner. In addition to the prizes described below, whoever comes in first place will get the chance to perform at Umbria Jazz Winter #27.

Career bursaries

The winner of the contest will receive a 5,000 euro cash prize – awarded by the Artistic Judges headed by Paolo Fresu – to offer economic support for professional development for this year’s most talented band.

Matera, European Capital of Culture

The winner of the first prize will have the chance to perform in Matera as part of the “Il Grande Viaggio Insieme Conad” tour , which is coming to town during the Festival, immediately after the announcement.

Il Jazz italiano per L’Aquila

The overall winner will be invited to perform at “Il Jazz italiano per L’Aquila” (“Italian jazz for L’Aquila”), which is one of the biggest jazz events in the country. Promoted in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, it is a way for artists to provide concrete support for the civil, social and cultural redevelopment of the Italian city of L’Aquila.

Tour of jazz clubs

In the months following the Festival, the Umbria Jazz organizers – working closely alongside the Federazione Nazionale Il Jazz Italiano (Italian National Jazz Federation) – will promote a concert tour that will take the winner of the first prize to the top jazz clubs in Italy.

Recording an album

The band or single artist with the most votes from the public judges, from the website, will receive a bursary from the Conad Jazz Contest aimed at providing concrete support for professional growth for young talents: a 500 euro voucher to record an album in a professional recording studio of the band’s choice.

The Berklee Summer School at Umbria Jazz Clinics

For the most promising artist in the contest, a very special award: a place at the Berklee Summer School at Umbria Jazz Clinics 20. A unique training opportunity at the only seminar in Italy by the world’s most prestigious jazz school, the Berklee College of Music.