Conad Soc. Coop. ,with registered office Via Michelino 59, 40127 Bologna, P. Iva 03320960374, (hereinafter "Conad") promotes, in collaboration with Fondazione di Partecipazione Umbria Jazz Piazza Danti 28 06122 Perugia Cod. fisc and P. IVA 03089270544, the ninth edition of Conad Jazz Contest, a music competition reserved for young Italian musicians or those resident in Italy - groups (instrumental or with vocalists) and soloists - who propose projects within a jazz repertoire of various genres and styles, without excluding contaminations (hereinafter "Contest").


Participation in the Contest is open to soloists and bands from 18 to 28 years old, Italian or resident in Italy, free from current record or publishing contracts. Relative to the age limit, therefore, the following may participate: soloists 18 years of age or older at the time of registration; soloists who are 28 years of age or younger at the time of registration; bands in which the age limit is met by each individual band member, according to the same specifications given for soloists. As for bands, groups up to a maximum of 8 members are allowed to participate.


Contest entries will be open from May 6, 2022 at 11 a.m. (Central European Time) to June 8, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Central European Time). Popular voting will begin on June 9, 2022 at 11 a.m. and the Contest will close on June 22, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Central European Time).


Contestants can register no later than June 8, 2022 at Registration is completely free of charge. Under penalty of exclusion from the Contest, each contestant must: a. fill out the registration form, entering the following data: name of the group; name and surname of the individual members (as it appears on the identity document); musical instrument played by each member; place and date of birth of each member; citizenship and residence of all members; contact details for the organization in case of victory (name and surname of the contact person, telephone number, main email address and backup email address, at which the group will be contacted in case communications to the first address are not acknowledged); technical entry form (photo of the group; title, authors and duration of the uploaded pieces); b. upload no. 3 songs in audio-only format (.mp3); c. declare - by ticking the appropriate box - that these songs are free from current discografic or publishing contracts. The contestant declares and guarantees that the uploaded tracks do not and will not infringe or violate in any way any right, domestic and/or international regulation placed to protect copyright and the defense of industrial property rights of third parties. By this declaration, the entrant indemnifies Conad against any damage, prejudice and/or contingent liability arising therefrom. d. the Contestant must read the Privacy Policy on the website and sign the explicit acceptance of the regulatory rules and consent to the processing of data personal data.


The process for identifying the winners will see the joint action of 3 juries: a technical jury composed of musicians and experts, which will evaluate all Contest entries (see point 1.a of this article); a popular jury open to all, which will also express its preference on all entrants (see point 1.b of this article); an artistic jury chaired by Stefano Bragatto, director of RMC and composed of musicians and experts, who will express their opinion once the selections are over to identify the overall winner of the Contest (see point 2 of this article).

Below is the detailed description of the voting and selection dynamics.


All Contest entries will be evaluated by two juries: a technical jury and a popular jury.

a) The technical jury The technical jury composed of musicians and experts will listen to all uploaded songs, nominating 9 finalists out of a total of 10 expected. However, the technical jury reserves the right to identify fewer than 9 bands if it is not satisfied with the technical and artistic quality of the entries received.

b) The popular jury The popular jury, which is open to all, will select 1 of the 10 finalists by casting their votes at To be part of the popular jury, it will be necessary to register on the site by entering a unique email address and a unique cell phone number, which will be used only and exclusively for financial purposes related and instrumental to the Contest (please refer to the Privacy Policy uploaded on for details). Each registered user will be able to express his/her preference through a single vote system (one band, one vote), casting up to a maximum of 10 votes (for the same band or for different bands). Voting by the popular jury will be open from June 9 at 11 a.m. (Central European Time) and closed at 11:59 p.m. June 22, 2022 (Central European Time). It should be noted that the public will be able to vote for each of the groups entered in the Contest during the entire period when voting is open. At the close of voting, the single group or soloist with the most votes, in addition to making the shortlist of 10 finalists, will be awarded the popular jury prize (Art. 6 point 3). Should the popular vote coincide with that of the technical jury, the jury itself will identify an additional nominee.


The 10 finalists thus identified will be awarded the opportunity to perform within the ufficial program of Umbria Jazz '22, from Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 17, according to a schedule that will be defined in relation to the ufficial program of the event and will be communicated to interested parties a few days before the date of the performance. During the performances, the artists will be evaluated live by the Artistic Jury chaired by Stefano Bragatto, who will judge the contestants on the basis of the originality of the project and the technical and artistic quality of the performance, and will decree the overall winner of the 2022 edition at its sole discretion. Possible changes caused by the prolongation of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) health emergency - In the event that the edition of Umbria Jazz '2022 is postponed or cancelled due to the occurrence of a new health emergency situation, the evolution of which cannot be foreseen at the time of the drafting of these regulations, the right of the 10 finalists to perform within the framework of the events promoted by the Umbria Jazz Foundation will remain unaffected. The aforementioned performances will be organized, in accordance with timelines consistent with the safe management of the situation that has occurred, in ways that will be communicated to the finalists through the contacts issued by them during registration and through the website


THE 10 FINALISTS The 10 finalists-as described in the previous article-will be awarded the opportunity to perform within the ufficial program of Umbria Jazz '22 (Perugia, July 8-17). They will also receive an artist pass that will allow them to attend Umbria Jazz concerts taking place at the Santa Giuliana Arena. Any changes caused by the prolonged Coronavirus (Covid-19) health emergency - See Article 5, item 2.

THE 1ST PLACE WINNER OF THE ARTISTIC JURY* The 1st place winner of the artistic jury (see Article 5 point 2) will be awarded the following prizes.

a) THE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION A cash prize worth €5,000 as a form of musical career support.

b) THE ITALIAN JAZZ FOR L'AQUILA. The first place winner will be invited to play in L'Aquila on the occasion of "Italian Jazz for L'Aquila," one of the largest jazz events in our country, promoted in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and evidence of the artists' concrete support for the civil, social and cultural reconstruction of the capital of Abruzzo. Any changes caused by the prolongation of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) health emergency - Conad and the Umbria Jazz Foundation will identify an alternative prize in one of the following circumstances: (a) in the event that as of the date of "the Italian Jazz for L'Aquila" a winner has not yet been identified; b) in case the event is postponed or cancelled due to the continuation of the Coronavirus epidemiological emergency.

c) THE AUTUMN TOUR. In the months following the Festival, the Umbria Jazz organization will promote a concert tour of the winner, consisting indicatively of 3-5 stages in autumn 2022, according to a schedule to be defined and agreed upon. The concerts may be hosted by jazz clubs and festivals on the Italian territory and/or in the calendar of activities of some of the most important academic institutions and universities in the country. Possible variations caused by the prolongation of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) health emergency - The promoters will arrange the tour on the first available dates if there are delays or impediments in the conduct of the previous stages of the competition and the subsequent identification of the winner due to the prolongation of the Coronavirus epidemiological emergency.

d) THE UJ WEEKEND STAGE and THE UMBRIA JAZZ WINTER STAGE. The first place winner will eventually be included in the lineup of UJ Weekend (Terni, September 15-18, 2022) and Umbria Jazz Winter #29 (Orvieto, December 28, 2022-January 1, 2023). Possible changes caused by the prolonged Coronavirus (Covid-19) health emergency - An alternate award will be identified if the if there are delays or impediments in the conduct of the previous stages of the competition and the subsequent identification of the winner due to the prolonged Coronavirus epidemiological emergency.

POPULAR JURY WINNER For the most voted by the popular jury (see Art. 5, item 1b), a voucher worth 500 euros to be spent by the end of 2022 in a professional recording studio (of the winner's choice) for the recording of their album. Should the winner coincide with the winner of the artistic jury, the prize of the popular jury will be awarded to the second most voted group or soloist from the online community.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO TALENT Finally, also for the 2022 edition, the promoters are raffling off participation in the Berklee Summer School at Umbria Jazz Clinics 2023, which will be awarded at the sole discretion of the technical and artistic juries to the single musician deemed most promising, chosen from all Contest entrants, without distinction between soloists and groups.


The shortlist of the 10 selected groups will be communicated directly to the finalists - following the closing of online voting - through the contacts indicated when registering for the Contest. The list will then be published on the website and on the Facebook and Instagram pages. Same procedure will be followed in the next phase to make known the schedule of performances. The promoters also reserve the right to make public the names of finalists and winners through communication actions following the closing of the Contest itself, aimed at reporting the results of the initiative and promoting the Festival's programming.


To formalize the victory and for communication needs, each selected group will be required to send the following materials in a timely manner. The "Group Release," filled out in block letters and signed by all members. A double-sided copy of each member's ID (ID card or passport; driver's license will not be considered a valid document). A brief bio/curriculum of the group (max. 1,500 characters). One or high-resolution photos. For performance purposes, stage plot, data sheet and set list of songs.


The Umbria Jazz Participation Foundation, will be responsible for travel expenses, Conad will be responsible for internal travel (round-trip shuttle to concert locations) - and for the hospitality of the 10 finalists in Perugia (lodging for all components for no. 2 nights, on the day of the performance and the day before). Regarding air or train travel, the organization will guarantee round-trip travel for all band members from the same city and on the same date. Any extra travel than described (e.g., departing from a different airport or on a different date) will be the responsibility of the band. Any changes caused by the prolongation of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) health emergency - the costs of food and lodging referred to in this Article 9 will be covered by Conad even if the evaluation of the winners takes place in circumstances other than the 2022 edition of Umbria Jazz.


The exact date and time of the performances at Umbria Jazz - or at other occasions/manifestations indicated in these Regulations - of the 10 finalists - from July 8 to July 17, 2022 - will be communicated to the interested parties a few days before the performance and will depend on the event's ufficial calendar. The schedule communicated to the finalists will therefore be considered closed and not subject to change. Groups must show up as punctually as possible at the times and places communicated by the Organization for sound-check and performance, bringing with them a valid ID and the instruments necessary for their performance, with the exception of piano, drums and double bass.


In the face of proven impediments related to the date of the assigned performance, substitution of band members (from what was indicated at the time of registration) is permitted, however, less than 50 percent of the lineup. For example, a band consisting of 3 elements may replace a maximum of one component. Replacement members must also meet the same age constraints as for members.


In the event that one or more finalist bands forego the opportunity to perform at Umbria Jazz for personal and contingent reasons, the Technical Jury reserves the right to identify substitutes. By foregoing the opportunity to perform at Umbria Jazz, artists also forego the other prizes provided. An exception will be made for the Popular Jury prize, in order to respect the will of the voting public: in the event that the winner of the Popular Jury renounces the performance at Umbria Jazz, the group's right to a voucher worth 500 euros for the recording of their album will remain unaffected. Any changes caused by the prolongation of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) health emergency - the above will remain valid even if the performance of the 10 finalists takes place at a time other than Umbria Jazz 2022, it is specified that the renunciation of being evaluated live effectively entails the renunciation of the other prizes provided.


Participation in the Contest implies full and complete acceptance of these regulations. The Contestant represents and warrants that the uploaded songs do not and will not in any way infringe or violate any rights, domestic or international regulations placed to protect the copyright and intellectual or industrial property rights of third parties. With this declaration, the Contestant indemnifies Conad and its successors in title from any contingent liability arising therefrom and from any direct or indirect liability to third parties who may be harmed by their performance or misrepresentation regarding the songs. The Contestant also implicitly authorizes Conad to associate the name of the band with the name or trademark of the promoter and all commercial and media partners of the Contest. Conad also disclaims any liability for damages, accidents, theft or any unforeseen event occurring to property or persons before, during, after the event due to facts beyond the control of the organizers themselves.


Through the acceptance of these regulations, the groups/bands authorize the audio/video filming made during the event and declare that they have nothing to claim from Conad and Fondazione di Partecipazione Umbria Jazz for the diffusion of images and audio of the performances, made either directly or indirectly through technical partners involved in the Festival (television or radio broadcasters, photographers, web partners) by releasing and signing the relevant release. The Organization reserves the right to make, at the end of the initiative, additional phonoficial and paper media containing the songs uploaded to at the time of application. Artists, by registering and accepting these regulations, grant first of all permission for the inclusion of their songs within the promotional material. This is without prejudice to the right of the author(s) of the song(s) to intellectual property and its registration with the SIAE at their own care, cost, burden and responsibility.


For the purposes of the conduct of the Contest, Conad and the Contestant mutually undertake to comply with any obligation under Regulation (EU) 2016/679 concerning the "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and the free movement of such data" (hereinafter GDPR), as well as, to the extent of its applicability, Legislative Decree 196/2003 ( hereinafter "Privacy Code") and the provisions of the Italian Data Protection Authority. For more information please refer to the Privacy Policy.


The Organization reserves the right to intervene in these regulations, making additions and/or modifications as may be necessary for artistic, technical, or organizational reasons. However, any modification will be promptly communicated online, at


The participation in the Contest of the winning groups of previous editions, in the same formation, is not allowed. On the other hand, the participation of individual artists who have already taken part in previous editions is allowed, as long as they are in different formations and as long as the songs uploaded are different from those previously submitted, always in compliance with all the other participation criteria set forth in the regulations. An artist is not allowed to participate in more than one formation at the same time. Excluded from the contest are all those who collaborate in various capacities in the organization of the Contest and the Festival, as well as relatives and affiends to members of the artistic and/or technical jury, Umbria Jazz staff and Contest organizers. In the presence of such incompatibilities or other violations that may infit the regularity of the Contest, the organization may at any time take appropriate measures to protect the proper conduct of the competition.