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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Congratulations To The 2023 Cycle 1 JSJA Winners!

Posted August 8, 2023

The Board of the John Stites Jazz Artist Organization is pleased to announce the 2023 Cycle 1 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 $230,000 in the last 2 years. Applicants who did not win are encouraged to revise and submit their applications for consideration during 2023 Award Cycle 2. Cycle 2 began on July 15. JSJA plans to award an additional $50,000 to another group of outstanding applicants in December 2023. Information on the Cycle 2 2023 award timeline 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 first 2023 award cycle and we look forward to receiving the Cycle 2 2023 submissions. We encourage anyone with an idea that supports professional exceptionalism in jazz music, expands public awareness and appreciation of jazz, 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.

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