Jacksonville Jazz Festival - 2024 Piano Competition Application
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Competition presented by Keyboard Connection – The Piano Place The Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Competition presented by
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Competition presented by Keyboard Connection – The Piano Place has been a Jacksonville tradition for more than 30 years. The competition, hosted by the City of Jacksonville Division of Sports and Entertainment, will take place on Thursday, May 23, 2024 at The Florida Theatre, where five finalists, chosen through a blind judging process in March, will compete for the honor of this award. The winner will receive a monetary prize and will perform at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 25.
The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition is open to any age acoustic jazz pianist who does not currently have or has not previously had a contract with a major record label at the organizer’s discretion. Previous first-place winners of the competition cannot apply.
Previous finalists may apply. Finalists participating two consecutive years may not apply the third year.
Applicants must be residing in the United States at the time of the competition.
- First Place Winner – $5,000
- Second Place Winner – $2,000
- Third Place Winner – $1,000
In addition to the award, the competition winner will perform in the Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 25. Performance by the winner on this day is required, as the cash award will be provided at the conclusion of the performance. Each finalist will receive complimentary access for two to attend the Jacksonville Jazz Festival.
- Submit up to 3 songs for consideration. Links will be accepted in SoundCloud format ONLY and they must be downloadable.
- Submit a completed application form
- Submit biography
- $40.00 USD entry fee
If an applicant withdraws their submission, the entry fee will not be refunded.
Entries must be submitted by Sunday, March 3rd, 2024 at 11:59pm EST.
All entrants will be notified the week of March 18, 2024 of their status.
Please ONLY submit a clean, high-quality recording SoundCloud link in the registration form (judges will only listen to the audio). No other audio formats will be accepted. A poor recording and distracting background noise can overshadow an excellent performance and may result in disqualification.
Indicate the name and composer of each song on the registration form, including such genres as blues, ballad, and up-tempo/swing, etc.
Make sure the form and melody are recognizable.
Include at least one solo piece and two pieces with a rhythm section (acoustic, bass and drums only). No strings, horn sections, vocalists, etc.
Indicate any special instructions on the application regarding playback.
Demonstrate your knowledge of jazz and your ability to play it. Choose a medley of songs that illustrate your taste and talent. Each piece must be played by memory.
Original pieces are acceptable. Recordings should not exceed 20 minutes in length.
Please do not state your name on the recording. Any such recording will be disqualified without refund.
Questions? Please contact Palmer Ferguson at PBFerguson@coj.net or 904-255-5431.
January 29 (Monday) 11:00 am - March 4 (Monday) 2:59 am