Jazz from Germany is globally respected and more than ever at the cutting edge of our time: its performers live and convey cultural diversity on stage and in teaching, in cultural management as well as in record production. Artists in jazz and improvised music are highly mobile, forming networks and developing new concepts and formats for performance, recording and distribution.


Deutscher Jazzpreis
June 2021

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In order to honour this power of innovation in all its facets, Prof. Monika Grütters, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), has initiated the Deutscher Jazzpreis. The prize will be awarded for the first time in June 2021 and is intended to establish itself as an annually recurring event.

Drawing attention to the German jazz scene at home and abroad

Deutscher Jazzpreis is intended to highlight and support the diversity and creative power of the German jazz scene.

Objectives of Deutscher Jazzpreis:

  • presentation and preservation of the diverse jazz scene in Germany
  • recognition and strengthening of exceptional artistic and innovative creativity and achievements in national and international jazz
  • expansion of the worldwide appeal of jazz from Germany
  • stronger anchoring of the art form jazz in society
  • visible 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

Awards in 31 categories: Application phases ended on 10 January 2021

As the German government’s central funding agency for German jazz culture, Initiative Musik has been commissioned to realize the first Deutscher Jazzpreis. The award concept was developed with a specially appointed advisory board consisting of leading representatives of the jazz scene.

The relevance and necessity of a meaningful recognition of the German jazz landscape is reflected in the 31 prize categories. The prize winners will be awarded a trophy and associated prize money.

With this announcement, the application period was opened. It ran from December 7th 2020 until January 10th 2021. For further information on the award categories, the nomination and selection process, please refer to the information guide.


Please note: Deutscher Jazzpreis of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media has no connection, either in terms of organisation or content, with Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis of IG Jazz Rhein-Neckar e.V., which is awarded once a year in Mannheim as the audience prize of the German jazz scene. Further information on Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis can be found at


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Andreas Brandis

On the board of VUT - Association of Independent Musicians and Music Companies, Managing Director ACT Music + Vision, Founder & Managing Director Tambour Music Management

Nadin Deventer

Artistic Director Jazzfest Berlin

Felix Falk

On the board of Deutsche Jazzunion, Spokesperson Bundeskonferenz Jazz (BK Jazz), on the board of Musikfonds

Jörg Heidemann

Managing director VUT - Association of Independent Musicians and Music Companies

Julia Hülsmann

Musician, Professor for piano at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), Member of BK Jazz, former member Deutsche Jazzunion's board

Astrid Kieselbach

Senior Director Universal Music Jazz (as part of Deutsche Grammophon)

Alexandra Lehmler

musician, member of Deutsche Jazzunion's board

Hans Lüdemann

pianist/composer, Deutscher Komponistenverband

Yvonne Moissl

Member of the board Deutsche Jazz Föderation e.V. (German jazz federation)

Miho Nishimoto

Senior Brand Manager Classics & Jazz Warner Music

Arndt Weidler

Sociologist, Head of projects at Jazzinstitut Darmstadt


Melanie Neubauer

project management Poppreis & Akademie