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Please read the programme description carefully first. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions.

In which categories can one apply?
The award categories of the German Jazz Prize are divided into submission categories and curated categories. The eleven submission categories are open to the public, while in the other curated categories the proposals for potential prize-winners are made solely by the jury of experts and the main jury. Prize categories 18-24 and 26-29 are so-called submission categories, for which music makers who meet the formal regulations and selection criteria can apply independently. Applications can be submitted by artists, producers, managers, promoters, employees of labels, publishers and broadcasters as well as authors of journalistic contributions and festival organisers. The submission deadlines and information on the application process will be announced on the website of the German Jazz Prize. Further information on the submission categories and their application requirements can be found in the programme description as well as in the graphic overview of the categories.

Which submission categories relate to the achievements of German artists and performers?
Applications can be submitted in the following categories for achievements by cultural practitioners who are German citizens, have been resident in Germany for at least three years or have a German degree:

18. Instrumental Album of the Year
19. Vocal Album of the Year
20. Debut Album of the Year
21. Broadcast Porduction of the Year
26. Festival of the Year
27. Composition of the Year
28. Arrangement of the Year
29. Journalistic Achievement

In which categories are applications from non-German artists possible?
For performances by artists who do not have German citizenship or have not been resident in Germany for at least three years, applications can be submitted in the following categories:

22. Instrumental Album of the Year international
23. Vocal Album of the Year international
24. Debut Album of the Year international

Can I apply in more than one category?
It is possible to apply in more than one category, provided that the artistic achievement fulfils the respective requirements of each award category, e.g. application for Debut Album of the Year and Vocal Album of the Year. However, it is not possible to apply with the same artistic achievement in a national and in an international category at the same time.

For which years can one apply?
As a rule, the awards of the German Jazz Prize always refer to the previous year. The evaluation period for submissions for the German Jazz Prize 2023 runs from 1 December 2021 to 30 November 2022 inclusive.

Is there an application fee?
No, there is no application fee. Uploading an application is free of charge.

How can I submit files such as PDFs or photos of analogue print reviews with the application?
Only links can be inserted in the application portal of the German Jazz Prize; unfortunately, file uploads are not possible this year for various reasons. We therefore ask all applicants to make files available via cloud solutions such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive / Sharepoint or other providers. It is important that the link is permanently available and accessible. Time-limited links such as those provided by WeTransfer are therefore unsuitable. Uploads are possible in the categories composition, arrangement and journalistic performance.

Who ultimately chooses the award winners?
The selection of the award winners takes place in a two-stage process: the jury of experts votes from all the applications and proposals received in an online vote and a subsequent discussion and in this way determines three nominees. These three nominees are then presented to the main jury, which then selects the award winner in a joint vote.

Where can I find an overview of the jury members?
The members of the expert and main jury for the German Jazz Prize 2023 have not yet been constituted, but will be published immediately on the German Jazz Prize website after their official appointment. The juries of previous editions can be found here.

How are the juries composed and who decides?
The expert jury of the German Jazz Prize is made up of a total of 25 personalities from the field of jazz and improvised music. In order to reflect all perspectives of this lively and multi-faceted music scene, the jury is formed as a representative cross-section of five people from each of the following areas: Artists, labels/publishers, clubs/festivals, management/agencies and journalists/media representatives. The main jury is made up of a total of 10 delegated representatives of the 5 specialist juries as well as 7 additional members who are outstanding and recognised personalities from cultural public life with an affinity for jazz. All juries have equal gender representation and are appointed by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) on the basis of a proposal from the advisory board. Further detailed information on the functioning of the jury can be found in the jury statutes.

When will the next German Jazz Prize event take place?
The German Jazz Prize 2023 event will take place as part of Jazzahead on 27 April 2023 in Bremen. We publish all current information about the event on our website.