The Jazz Fellowship Competition awards four $7,500 Luminarts Fellowships to jazz musicians through the performance of original, creative, and spontaneously improvised jazz music. The competition includes a two-tiered jury process, with preliminary auditions held at the Union League Club of Chicago, and final round auditions held during the 2019 Jazz Finals at Buddy Guy's Legends.
For the Jazz Fellowship applicants will compete in one of two categories, ages 18—24, and ages 25—30. There will be four finalists selected between the ages of 18—24 and four finalists selected between the ages of 25—30 who will advance to the final round of judging and perform live at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Each finalist performs with a professional jazz trio, and five winners are selected based on their improvisation skills during the event. An award is also awarded for People's Choice.
In conjunction with the Jazz Fellowship, Luminarts also awards high school jazz musicians through the High School Jazz Program, which includes preliminary auditions held at the Union League Club of Chicago, and final round auditions held during the 2019 Jazz Finals at Buddy Guy's Legends. If you are in high school you may apply to the high school competition online at Luminarts.org/high-school-opportunities.
The deadline to apply to the 2019 Jazz Fellowship is Friday, February 8, 2019.