How to apply

Application for the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award is closed.

Closing date for application: 1 February, 2022.

Only Conservatorium van Amsterdam bands may participate.


What to submit?

  • Two high-quality recordings (MP3): one standard and one original.
  • The total duration of the material should not exceed 8 minutes (this implies that the submitted recordings can be excerpts taken from a longer performance).
  • Your recording has to feature the same musicians who will play the semi-final and the final (no subs!). Exceptions may be made in rare cases. Please discuss this beforehand with Anna-Maria Nitschke:

Who can participate?

  • Master, bachelor and contract students from the CvA can participate.
  • Alumni who graduated in or after 2017 can participate, but no more than one alumnus per band. The alumnus cannot be the band leader nor win individual prizes.
  • Your band has to be available on March 24, 25, 28 (evening), 29 and 30, 2022 for the semi-finals, band coaching and final.
  • There is no maximum band size.
  • As a band leader, you can only sign up with one project.
  • As a band member, you may sign up with several projects but you can only play in a maximum of three bands during the semi-finals.

If your band gets selected for the semi-final / final:

  • You cannot participate in the semi-final without participating in the band coaching. 
  • You will have to play 15 minutes max.
  • You will have to play at least one original composition.
  • You will have to play from memory, so without sheet music.
  • You will have to arrange and play your own version of one of these Charles Mingus compositions:
    • Eclipse
    • Reincarnation of a Lovebird
    • Fables of Faubus
    • Sue's Changes
    • Nostalgia in Times Square (Strollin')
    • Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
    • Self Portrait in Three Colors
    • Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue
    • Better Git It in Your Soul 
    • Duke Ellington's Sound of Love
    • Peggy's Blue Skylight