Honoring the memory of John Stites and his passion for jazz music

Honoring the memory of John Stites and his passion for jazz music

John Stites Jazz Awards (JSJA)

There are two categories of John Stites Jazz Awards – Artistic Development and Jazz Events. Awards range from $5,000 to $25,000 – no cash or in-kind match is required.

September 27 update: The application deadline has been extended to October 15, 2021.

Who can apply

For-profit organizations (including concert promoters, event planning and management companies, recording studios) and organizations whose primary mission does not focus on jazz music are ineligible.

JSJA Artistic Development Awards

Allowable Expenses

Ineligible Expenses

JSJA Jazz Event Awards

Allowable Expenses

Ineligible Expenses

Funding information (2021)

Covid-19 Update

Updated September 10, 2021: Due to the uncertainty associated with the spread of Covid-19 and the potential impact on your ability to meet the 2022 deadline(s) for spending the award money:

How to apply

Apply online through a third-party application process by selecting the Artistic Development Award link or the Jazz Events Award link below. The third-party application process is conducted through SmarterSelect to ensure confidentiality and impartiality in the process. You will receive an email and/or text acknowledgement from SmarterSelect that your application has been received.

Apply for a JSJA Artistic Development Award

Apply for a JSJA Jazz Event Award

John was kind and patient with great attention to details. He loved good music of all sorts...

Joel Mabus

The John Stites Jazz Awards (JSJA) are funded by the John Stites Jazz Artist Organization, honoring the memory of John Stites and his passion for jazz music.

The organization funds:

  • Advanced studies for emerging and established professional jazz musicians
  • Concerts, competitions and projects that expand jazz audiences and the appreciation of jazz in or near communities in Southwest Michigan