The Scottish Jazz Federation have once again launched their popular and successful Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition 2014 aimed at Scotland’s burgeoning crop of young players.

Now in its eighth year, the competition, which has proved an invaluable stepping stone for musicians. These include the prize-winning, Berklee School of Music-trained pianist Alan Benzie and Ruaridh Pattison, currently leading the internationally acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s saxophone section, and 2013 winner drummer Corrie Dick from Glasgow who is already being noticed in London. It is offering entrants some valuable incentives and opportunities including recordings and live performances that will enhance their career expectations.

From an initial audio audition, judged purely on the quality of entrants’ musicianship, ten semi-finalists will advance to a mentoring weekend, where they will participate in workshops and receive advice on all aspects of working in the jazz sector before performing in a concert. Following this concert, the five top players chosen by a panel of judges headed by leading trombonist and innovator Chris Greive will go forward to the final, which will be held in Glasgow at the Old Fruit Market on June 25th in partnership with Glasgow Jazz Festival and will be broadcast live.

The winner, as well as receiving £1000 in cash plus a further £1000 towards a demo recording, will feature in a high profile, six venue tour of Scotland the following year. The prize will be broadcast on live radio, and includes performances at the Glasgow and London Jazz Festivals 2015, plus professional publicity materials. The Winner will also appear in a special concert along with a number of previous winners (date and time tbc).

The SJF will continue to include a prize for 17 and under competitors. Fergus McCreadie, winner of the 17 and under award 2013 said recently, “Since winning the under 17 prize I got through to the next round off BBC4’s Young Musician of the year, jazz category, and I was accepted for the Jazz Degree course at the RCS. I’ve also been given the opportunity to study with top musicians. I can’t thank the Scottish Jazz Federation enough.”

Announcing the competition’s upgrade, the Scottish Jazz Federation’s Cathie Rae said: “We offer entrants an experience that is both fun and valuable to them as musicians. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that BBC4 now have a jazz category and that an under 17 winner has made it to the next round. We definitely punch above our weight in terms of jazz talent here in Scotland. Previous winners have all gone on to successful careers and we are confident that the main prize will really help to kick-start the winner’s career as a top jazz musician. We are grateful for the support of Glasgow Jazz Festival, Creative Scotland and all who support this fantastic competition.”

The time line for entrants is: all entries for the initial audio panel must be received by February 28th at 5pm. Semi-finalists will be announced on March 10th and the mentoring weekend will take place at a venue to be confirmed over the weekend of 11 – 13th April 2014.

For further information and an application form contact email or call the office on 01368 866895.

You can apply digitally by following the instructions on the Google Form below:

You can download the application form for Young Scottish Jazz Musician 2014 below or by visiting the SJF Issuu profile.