Great friends of GIJ and long time supporters, Ross and Jenny Blanchard have a belief that if you put better things in, you get better things out! They also know that there must be music students out there who may not have the resources to have the right instrument, or be able to afford the music lessons they need. With this in mind, they are offering a development award designed to help young students at the beginning of their high school journey, which will hopefully assist them towards being a finalist one day in the James Morrison Jazz Scholarship.

 This award is for talented students who need some financial help to reach their potential and will be given to both a female and a male recipient.

What is the award?

The award is $5,000 each, to a male and female recipient, that must be spent on instruments and/or music tuition.

 How does it work?

 If you are a recipient, you may go to a music store and choose what instrument(s) you need. The store can then submit an invoice to GIJ to be paid directly.

For music tuition, GIJ will pay an invoice each term directly to the teacher or music school of your choice.

 Who is eligible?

 Instrumental students in either their first or second year of High School who are attending Generations in Jazz.

How do I enter?

 GIJ will be accepting submissions from High School music teachers nominating students for this award. The nomination should include the following: –

  • Students name, age, gender, year in high school and instrument.
  • A brief description of the student’s circumstances detailing the need for the award.
  • A brief summary of the student’s musical achievements.
  • Any supporting material you feel would assist an assessing the submission

Submissions will be reviewed by the GIJ board and suitable nominees invited to submit a recording for review by the Award music panel.

The recording should be as follows: –

  • A 12 bar blues with improvisation (max 5 mins total)
  • An own choice number in any jazz style (max 5 mins total)

Any type of accompaniment (if desired) is acceptable and recording quality should be sufficient for the panel to assess the nominee (professional recording quality is not necessary).

Nominees will be assessed on both playing ability and potential, with two recipients (1 male, 1 female) chosen by the music panel.

The final decision will be made taking into account both the music panel’s choice and the perceived need of the nominee. The GIJ board may request further information if necessary to decide the final recipients.

Who is on the Music Panel?

 The music panel is made up of: –

  • Graeme Lyall (JM Academy Director of Studies)
  • John Morrison (Former Musical Director for GIJ and jazz educator)
  • James Morrison (Chair of GIJ and jazz educator)

When will it be announced?

The recipients will be announced at Generations in Jazz 2015.