10 bands – chosen by the Technical Judges and the Public Judges - got the chance to be part of the Umbria Jazz calendar, where they have been assessed live by the panel of Artistic Judges chaired by Paolo Fresu during performances from 17 to 19 July. The panel selected the winner, who – in addition to the prizes described below – will get the chance to perform at Umbria Jazz Winter #27.
The winner of the contest received 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.
The band or single artist with the most votes from the public judges, from the website, received 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 overall winner has been 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.
In the months following the Festival, the Umbria Jazz organizers – working closely alongside the Federazione Nazionale Il Jazz Italiano (Italian National Jazz Federation) – promoted a concert tour to take the winner of the first prize to the top jazz clubs in Italy. The tour is still ongoing.
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.