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

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

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John Stites Jazz Awards (JSJA)

Beginning in 2024, the John Stites Jazz Artist Organization will only offer John Stites Artistic Development Awards. This will allow the JSJAO to focus on John’ primary objective – advancing the careers of innovative established and emerging jazz musicians who need funding to enhance their musicianship and broaden their career opportunities.

Apply for a JSJA Artistic Development Award

JSJA Artistic Development Awards will:

There will be 1 award cycle each year:

Award winners must include the JSJA logo on their website or social media site(s) and/or acknowledge JSJA’s financial support in newsletters and/or press releases, marketing materials, programs, and media interviews. Assistance with media promotion and logo displays will be made available to the Award winners.

Who can apply?

What expenses are covered?

Ineligible Expenses

Funding information (2024)

How to apply

Apply online through a third-party application process by selecting the Artistic Development 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 acknowledgment from SmarterSelect that your application has been received.

Application forms for 2024 will be available February 15.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions regarding the application process, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page or submit your question using the contact form.

Apply for a JSJA Artistic Development Award

John loved music with all his heart and was the ideal recording engineer – a profession into which he poured all his considerable talents and artistry.

Dan Gustin

The John Stites Jazz Awards (JSJA) are funded by the John Stites Jazz Artist Organization.

The organization funds advanced studies for emerging and established professional jazz musicians, as well as personal development projects which enhance their career opportunities.