Information guide Deutscher Jazzpreis

I PREFACE


II FUNDING OBJECTIVES


III AWARD CATEGORIES


Main category 1: Artists


Main category 2: Recording / Production


Main category 3: Live


Main category 4: Composition / Arrangement


Main category 5: Special prizes


IV WHO CAN BE AWARDED?


V WHAT IS THE PRIZE MONEY?


VI WHAT DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS LOOK LIKE?


VII WHAT ARE THE REQUIEREMENTS FOR THE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES?


VIII SPECIAL CATEGORIES


I PREFACE

Over the past decades, jazz from Germany has developed into one of the world’s most respected cultural flagships, which has been recognised and promoted for several years now. More than ever before, jazz in Germany is at the cutting edge of our time: its protagonists live and convey cultural diversity in musical practice, teaching, cultural management, recording production and documentation. They are all highly mobile and form networks; they develop new concepts and formats for the performance, recording and dissemination of jazz and improvised music. The purpose of Deutscher Jazzpreis is to honour their innovative power in all its facets.

It was initiated by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM), Prof. Monika Grütters. The Federal Government will award Deutscher Jazzpreis from 2021 onwards in accordance with the following regulations and within the framework of the available budget funds.

II FUNDING OBJECTIVES

Deutscher Jazzpreis is intended in particular to

  • reflect and preserve the diversity of jazz creation in and from Germany
  • to honour and strengthen exceptional artistic and innovative creativity and achievements in national and international jazz
  • help jazz from Germany to achieve even more global appeal
  • lead to a stronger anchoring of this art form in society and
  • set a visible sign of support for jazz professionals, on the one hand, through public attention during the award ceremony and, on the other hand, through the award of appropriately funded prizes

III AWARD CATEGORIES

Deutscher Jazzpreis is awarded in the following categories:

Main category 1: Artists

1. Vocal

For best jazz singer

2. Woodwinds

For best artist mainly playing woodwind instruments (e.g. saxophone, clarinet, flute)

3. Brass Instruments

For best artist mainly playing brass instruments (e.g. trumpet, trombone, horn, sousaphone)

4. Piano/Keyboards

For best artist mainly playing keyboard instruments (e.g. piano, keyboard)

5. Guitar

For best artist mainly playing the guitar

6. Bass

For best artist mainly playing bass

7. Drums/Percussion

For best artist mainly playing drums or percussion

8. Special Instruments

For best jazz artist primarily playing an instrument for artistic expression that is not included in award categories 1-7 (e.g. harp, violin, vibraphone, accordion).

9. Artist of the Year

One winner of categories 1 to 8 will be chosen as Artist of the Year.

10. Band of the Year

For best permanent ensemble consisting of up to 9 artists.

11. Large Ensemble

For best group project consisting of at least 10 artists, permanent ensemble.

12. Wind Instruments International

For best international artist mainly playing a woodwind or brass instrument

13. Piano/Keyboards International

For best international artist mainly playing a keyboard instrument (e.g. piano, keyboard)

14. String Instruments International

For best international artist mainly playing a string instrument (e.g. guitar, violin, bass)

15. Drums/Percussion International

For best international artist mainly playing drums or percussion

16. Artist of the Year International

One winner of categories 12 to 15 will be chosen as Artist of the Year International.

17. Band of the Year International

For best international group project, permanent ensemble.

Main category 2: Recording / Production

18. Instrumental Album of the Year

For best instrumental jazz productions

19. Vocal Album of the Year

For best jazz production with vocals/voice

20. Debut Album of the Year

For best jazz production which is the first publication of the artist or group or with which the artist or group for the first time garnered greater public interest.

21. Broadcast Production of the Year

For best musical production (audio or audiovisual) in the field of jazz, which has been made possible by radio and has been released for publication.

22. Instrumental Album of the Year International

For best instrumental international jazz production

23. Vocal Album of the Year International

For best international jazz production with vocals/voice

24. Debut Album of the Year International

For best international jazz production which is the first publication of the artist or group or with which the artist or group for the first time garnered greater public interest.

Main category 3: Live

25. Club of the Year

This category honours jazz venues or performance venues that are distinguished by a high-quality, artistically demanding and innovative programme and that give jazz as a contemporary art a place to emerge and develop. All clubs listed in the Jazz Wegweiser Jazz of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt are eligible for selection.

26. Festival of the Year

In this category, prizes are awarded to festivals with a focus on jazz, which are characterised by a high-quality, artistically demanding and innovative programme.

Main category 4: Composition / Arrangement

27. Composition of the Year

In this prize category, an original composition from the field of jazz is awarded.

28. Arrangement of the Year

In this prize category, an arrangement from the field of jazz is awarded, whereby arrangement is to be understood as a new version of an already existing composition, usually for a different instrumentation than the original.

Main category 5: Special prizes

29. Journalistic achievement

This prize category honours a journalistic achievement (contribution in TV, radio, print or online journalism, photography can also be considered) which is characterised by a particularly knowledgeable, sharp analytical or sensitive presentation of (musical) events in the field of jazz.

30. Lifetime achievement

This prize category honours artists and actors from the field of jazz who have rendered outstanding services to jazz in Germany over a long period of time and to a special degree and who have made an important contribution to the development of jazz in this sense.

31. Special prize of the jury

In this prize category, a prize can be awarded to artists, actors, events or performances from the field of jazz, who the jury considers particularly worthy of an award, but who have not already been considered in another prize category.

IV WHO CAN BE AWARDED?

For the national prize categories (1-11, 27-31), the following requirements must be met:

The award winners must be

  1. German citizens, or
  2. citizens of other EU/EEA Member States and Switzerland or other non-EU countries, and
    1. have lived in Germany, i.e. have had their main residence in Germany for at least three years prior to nomination or can provide evidence of continuous work and activity in Germany during this period, or
    2. have completed their studies at a German higher education institution or another training institution in Germany with state recognition

For recordings/productions (price categories 18-24) the same criteria apply to the participating artists. The decisive factor is not the location of the company responsible for the production/recording, but the participating artists.

The awarded projects of prize categories 21, 25, 26 must be located in Germany.

For the international prize categories (12-17), the following requirements must be met:

The international award winners

  1. are not German citizens, and
  2. are not living in Germany or have not been resident in Germany for at least three years up to one day before the submission deadline.

In the case of group projects, the majority of the participating artists or actors, i.e. at least half of them, must meet the above criteria.

Please note: The same artist or project cannot be submitted/nominated in both national or international categories at the same time.

V WHAT IS THE PRIZE MONEY?

The prizes awarded within the framework of Deutscher Jazzpreis are to be understood as cultural-political recognition of the merits of jazz. All prize categories except categories 9, 16 and 21 are endowed with prize money of at least 10,000 euros.

VI WHAT DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS LOOK LIKE?

The application procedure is divided in two parts: There are curated categories and submission categories.

Curated categories:

For award categories 1 to 8 as well as 10 to 15 and 17, proposals for award winners are submitted exclusively by the appointed expert juries. For categories 30 and 31, proposals for prize-winners will be submitted both by the appointed expert juries and by the main jury of Deutscher Jazzpreis.

Submission categories:

The other prize categories (18-24 and 26-29) are so-called submission categories for which musicians and parties involved who meet the formal requirements and selection criteria can apply independently. The application for the submission categories is possible from December 7th 2020 until January 10th 2021.

VII WHAT ARE THE REQUIEREMENTS FOR THE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES?

Please note: Documents and media files can only be submitted via links. This can be done either by linking to publicly available online sources or via cloud services such as Drive or Dropbox. Please avoid temporary links (e.g. via WeTransfer).

Requirements for the main category recording/production (prize categories 18-24)

Musicians, with productions in which they are involved, as well as the labels and broadcasting companies responsible for the productions, are eligible to apply. A short written statement as to why the production should be considered, must be included in the application.

Music recordings with a length of at least 30 minutes, that have been made available to the public in the context of a commercial release (verifiable via an EAN code), as well as two reviews that have been published in independent media, should be submitted. The productions submitted for review must be made available online to the jury, together with covers/ artworks, that have been used in the sale of recorded products.

For category 21, notwithstanding the previous regulations, a music or video recording must be submitted and the broadcast date of the production must be stated.

Productions that have been or will be published after the end of the submission phase of the previous award period and at the latest by the end of the current submission period or (in the case of category 21) have been or will be broadcast.

Requirements for the prize category 26. Festival of the Year

Organizers of festivals, who presented or will present at least six concerts on at least two consecutive days before the application deadline, are eligible to apply. To be elegible, festivals need to take place predominantly in (measured by the mayority of concerts) in Germany. A short general description of the festival, a short description of the concept and the programme of the festival year must be provided. Additionally, a short written statement as to why the production should be considered needs to be included in the application.

Requirements for the main category composition/arrangement (prize categories 27 und 28)

Musicians, with compostions/arrangements in which they are involved, as well as the labels responsible for the composition, are eligible to apply. A short written statement as to why the composition/arrangement should be considered, must be included in the application.

A score of the composition, a recording of the composition – not necessarily professional – and details on the date of realization need to be provided with the application. Additionally, a short written statement as to why the composition should be considered, is required.

Requirements for the prize category 29. Journalistic achievement

Eligible for submission are the authors of the contribution themselves, the media publishing the contribution and listeners and readers. Submitters must give reasons for their application. Submissions should include the article itself, a short biography of the authors (in the case of articles for which several authors are responsible, short biographies of all authors), as well as information on the type and date of publication.

General provision for all submissions

In principle, artistic freedom applies, but applications with anti-constitutional, illegal, racist, sexist, inhuman or other discriminatory content are excluded from participation in Deutscher Jazzpreis.

VIII SPECIAL CATEGORIES

The winner in category 25 “Club of the year” will be determined via an online voting among the members of the German Jazzunion.

For category 9 “Artist of the year” there will be neither a proposal nor an entry procedure. An artist from the circle of prize winners in categories 1-8 will be honoured. For category 16 “Artist of the year international” there will be no proposal or submission procedure either. Here an artist from the circle of prize winners in categories 12 – 15 will be awarded a prize.