City Slang: Detroit Jazz Fest announces competitions

The Detroit Jazz Festival is now accepting submissions for two national competitions, in the saxophone performance and jazz arrangement categories. Both will be judged by prominent jazz gurus, with prize money totaling $5,000 and the chance to perform at the festival itself.

“The inaugural jazz saxophonist and arrangement competitions help seek out talented artists that deserve recognition,” said Chris Collins, artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival. “It is important to help new and emerging artists establish a presence in the jazz world and continue developing their talents to hopefully become a permanent fixture. One of the definitive goals of jazz artists is to develop a highly individualized voice, and a goal of the festival is to positively contribute to jazz music and culture. This is one way we can merge these goals and make a difference.”

To apply for the arranging competition, visit here. To mail an entry, download an application here.

And good luck.

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