Jazz Fellowship Awards

Lester Holt, Honorary Chair


The Jazz Fellowship Awards are produced every four years by the American Pianists Association to select the Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz (Aaron Diehl most recently won this distinguished title in 2011). The competition takes place in three parts including the Preliminary Round, Jazz Premiere Series and Jazz Discovery Week.

Preliminary Round
A distinguished panel of musicians adjudicates in an anonymous fashion the preliminary round and chooses five Finalists from the recordings submitted by the nominees.
Jazz Premiere Series
The five Finalists are invited to Indianapolis for outreach concerts, a high school residency and a fully-produced adjudicated public performance at The Jazz Kitchen, featuring the pianist in solo and trio formats. 

Jazz Discovery Week
All five Finalists arrive in Indianapolis for a week of adjudicated events. Performances include the Semi-Final round of competition involving solo and trio performance and the Finals, which feature the Finalists performing with a singer as well as specially-commissioned arrangements of jazz standards for piano and jazz orchestra.

The Award
The Cole Porter Fellow receives a two-year fellowship worth $100,000, including a $50,000 cash award and a two-year Fellowship to include in-kind career assistance, publicity, professional fees and other opportunities worldwide - the largest award in the world for a young jazz pianist.


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