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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Posted January 16, 2023

The Board of the John Stites Jazz Artist Organization is pleased to announce the 2022 Cycle 2 John Stites Jazz Award winners. We hope these projects will inspire others to apply and make John’s goal of keeping jazz alive and available to all a reality.

The applications were scored by an independent Review Committee composed of professional jazz musicians with national and international experience. The winning projects focused on expanding the audience for jazz, while celebrating the diverse national and international influences on the music and identifying opportunities to capitalize on the intergenerational and cross-cultural appeal of jazz.

JSJA has awarded over $170,000 in the last 18 months. Applicants who did not win are encouraged to revise and submit their applications for consideration during one or both 2023 award cycles. Cycle 1 will begin on February 15; Cycle 2 will begin on July 15. JSJA plans to award an additional $100,000 to another group of outstanding applicants in 2023. Information on the 2023 award timelines is available on our website.

We continually revise the award process based on feedback from previous applicants and Review Committee members. We hope that you will review all guidelines before submitting your application. The FAQ page is also a good resource if you are not sure what to include when answering a question. If you have additional questions, please submit them by using the Contact form.

The Board of the JSJAO thanks all the applicants for their participation in the 2022 award cycles and looks forward to receiving the 2023 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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Recording with John was always a treat ... his gentle demeanor was deeply appreciated.

Mark Sahlgren

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.