[UPDATE, 17 July: this post has been amended to reflect an updated deadline]
Singapore will play host to an epic jazz standoff this September, with performance slots abroad and cash prizes up for grabs.
Following the success of last year’s We Love Jazz Battle, the competition is making an even bigger return this year under the new name Singapore International Jazz Battle to reflect its expansion to include international participants.
Winners will be awarded cash prizes and opportunities to compete and perform abroad, so if you’re an aspiring jazz musician interested in putting yourself out there, the open call runs until 15 July.
Participants have the option of competing solo or in groups. The winner of the solo division will receive a $2,000 cash prize and a performance slot at Japan’s WA-Meets-JAZZ festival inclusive of flight tickets and accommodation, while the winner of the group division will receive a $5000 cash prize and direct access as finalists to Silpakorn University’s Thailand Jazz Competition. All winners will also receive tickets to the Thailand International Jazz Conference in 2019.
The competition is set to take place from 21 to 23 September, and will be led by an established panel of judges from the region including jazz pianist Yuki Arimasa (pictured, middle) who is also the artistic director of Japanese music festival WA-Meets-JAZZ, and Thai musicians Chanutr Techatananan (pictured, left) of Silpakorn University, and Noppadol Tirataradol (pictured, right) who heads Mahidol University’s jazz faculty.
On top of the competition, speakers will also be sharing their experiences in the industry and engaging in dialogue with participants at a roundtable discussion.
If you would like to be considered for Singapore International Jazz Battle 2018, you can fill up the application form here. The deadline for applications is 29 July.