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JAZZ AT THE BALLROOM is a 501(c)(3) organization and operates entirely on donations. Your help is both needed and greatly appreciated

Supporting Jazz Education and the Continuation of the Jazz Art Form.

2019-2020 judges: Wycliffe Gordon, James Morrison, Randy Napoleon, Konrad Paszkudzki, and Katie Thiroux

2018-2019 winners announced here

For Students

The competition is open to high school jazz instrumentalists in the Bay Area.


Three winners will be picked by a panel of professional jazz musicians based on their submissions and awarded $1500 each to further their music studies. The competition will culminate with the winners performing alongside some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians in April 2020.


The students that aren’t finalists are invited to join a database of students invited to FREE ballroom workshops. 


In addition, the winners’ respective schools will also receive $1000 to support the ongoing development of their music programs.

General Rules

Applicant must be currently enrolled in a Bay Area high school program, between the ages of 14-18

Click here to see complete rules and here for application


How to Apply

There is no application fee.




August 2019

Information and Applications Available


December 7, 2019

Applications Due 

January 27, 2020

Winners Announced 


April 4, 2020

Winners Concert 



Students are required to submit the following along with this application:


  1. Audio files (MP3s) of themselves playing three audition pieces:

  • 1 Uptempo Standard

  • 1 Ballad

  • 1 Blues Piece

  1. A paragraph explaining:

  • Student's background in jazz

  • Favorite artists and musical influences

  • Future goals and plans in music and jazz study

  • How student plans to use scholarship money

All material can be submitted electronically to


Audio files can be submitted via email, Dropbox or WeTransfer

Have a question? Want to receive the application form?

T: 917-725-2400


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