Angel City Jazz Young Artists Competition

2015 Angel City Arts Young Artist Competition

The Angel City Arts Young Artist Competition is an avenue for young jazz musicians in the Los Angeles area to create and collaborate with one another in an effort to expand upon the traditional concepts of jazz and improvisation. The competition gives young musicians the opportunity to have their original music heard and evaluated by working jazz professionals. The winning ensemble will be awarded a $1000 prize and will have the opportunity to perform a live set on Friday, September 25, 2015 at LACMA in a concert produced by the Angel City Jazz Festival. In addition UCSD Jazz Camp will select one player from the finalists to receive a full scolarship to their 2016 Jazz Camp.
Four finalists will be announced on September 18, 2015. Selection emphasis for the four finalists will be placed on musicianship, composition, arranging skills, quality of improvised solos, group interaction, and uniqueness of sound.
The finalists will each perform a live set in front of a panel of judges on September 20, 2015 from 4pm to 6pm, and the winner will be announced at the end of the event.


Artist Submissions: April 15 - September 15
Finalists Announced: September 18
Finalists Competition Concert: September 20 - 4pm to 6pm
Competition Winner Concert: September 25 - 6pm

Past Winners:

2014: The Interstellar Quintet
2013: Rach Ramacier Group
2012: Anthony Lucca Quintet
2011: The Shutz Vtet 



Competition Rules

This competition is open to all high-school and college-aged student jazz ensembles in the greater Los Angeles Area. In order to qualify for the competition ensembles must:

• be composed of musicians between the ages of 16 and 22 years old
• have at least one member currently enrolled in a high school, college, music academy or university in the greater Los Angeles area 
• consist of between 3 and 10 members
• compose, arrange and perform original music which features improvisation
• be available to perform on Sunday, September 20th if selected as a finalist, and on Friday, September 25th at LACMA if selected as the winning ensemble


Interested artists must submit a package electronically between April 15, 2015 and September 15, 2015 by clicking the link below. Please enter the name of the ensemble in the title field of the submission form and include the following info in the cover letter:

  • the personnel performing on each submitted tune
  • a brief history of the ensemble

Also, please attach the following documents:

  • 3 tunes (mp3, mp4 or WAv)
  • 1 recommendation letter from a music instructor (pdf, doc, docx)

Submit Here

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