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

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

2022 Cycle 1 Award Winners

2022 Cycle 1 John Stites Jazz Award Winners Announcement

Posted July 1, 2022

The Board of the John Stites Jazz Artist Organization is pleased to announce the 2022 Cycle 1 John Stites Jazz Award winners:

The applications were scored by an independent Review Committee composed of professional jazz musicians with national and international experience. The winning projects were diverse in scope and designed to appeal to both those who appreciate jazz and those for whom these events may be their first introduction to jazz music. These projects exemplify John’s commitment to professional exceptionalism, while celebrating the diversity of the genre and jazz’s unique ability to reinvent itself in ways that appeal to multiple generations.

The JSJA awarded over $60,000 in 2021 and has awarded over $40,000 so far this year. Applicants who did not win are encouraged to revise and submit their applications for consideration during the 2nd 2022 award cycle which begins on July 15th. The JSJA plans to award an additional $50,000 to another group of outstanding applicants in December 2022. Information on the 2022 Cycle 2 award timeline is available on our website.

Some revisions have been made to the award process based on feedback from previous applicants and Review Committee members. We have also added an FAQ to the website to address reoccurring questions and clarify the Review Committee’s expected responses to some of the frequently misinterpreted questions. We hope that you will review these changes before submitting your application and that our efforts will help you create a winning application.

The Board of the JSJAO thanks all the applicants for their participation in the 1st 2022 award cycle and we look forward to receiving the 2022 Cycle 2 submissions. We encourage anyone with an idea that supports professional exceptionalism in jazz music, expands public awareness and appreciation of jazz music, or offers performance events or projects that bring jazz experiences to the community to apply.

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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, 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 the Midwest