Introduction

LetterOne ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award
International 'Live' Exposure

To make a name for yourself as a jazz musician on the European stage today requires a lot of talent and hard work. It is of equal importance to have an effective marketing and promotional strategy to stand out from the competition and a dynamic presence on the international ‘live’ scene. Providing those opportunities, commitment, expertise and support to make it happen is what the “LetterOne ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award” is all about. Open to artists from all over Europe, the competition is a golden opportunity for a musician from Europe to be catapulted onto the big International stage...

  • propel your musical career
  • quickly find an audience
  • benefit from marketing and pr expertise
  • get onto the big international stage

Submissions are now closed.
Check back here for further announcements of the winner!

The Award

The winning musician will be taken on “RISING STARS Jazz Award” tour and given the opportunity to perform concerts at some of Europe’s most prestigious Jazz festivals in 2018, playing before tens of thousands of fans and the creme de la creme of the Jazz music industry. Agreed expenses will be covered, and a dedicated promotion and marketing team will ensure the winner’s name is spread far and wide, from the moment the judges make their choice until the following year´s final summer show. The RISING STARS tour, agent and marketing support equates to a monetary value in excess of €75,000, making the prize the most valuable Jazz award in the World.

The Jury

Brian Bacchus
Brian Michel Bacchus was an A&R man for Verve, Antilles, RCA and Blue Note before moving into production and doing stellar work with Randy Weston, Patricia Barber and Gregory Porter. His A&R work with Norah Jones contributed mightily to her debut, one of the biggest selling albums in history” writes Michael Jarrett from Pressed For All Time.
Jamie Cullum
Jamie Cullum
With nominations for a Grammy, Golden Globes, GQ Man of the Year, Brits and Sony Radio under his belt, Jamie Cullum is a success story around the planet. The release of his breakthrough album ‘Twentysomething’ (Universal) made him the fastest- and best-selling British jazz artist in history. Jamie presents his own award winning weekly radio show for BBC Radio 2 where he interviews and features the world’s best jazz artists.
Mikhail Fridman
Mikhail Fridman
Mikhail Fridman is an international businessman and philanthropist – and founder of the International Jazz Festival in Lvov, where he was born. Born into a Jewish family, Mikhail loves opera, theatre, literature and music, and especially jazz. It has been a part of his life from a very young age and the Lvov Jazz Festival is a gift to his native city that has a rich tradition of European music and culture. Besides a yearly visit to the Lvov festival Mikhail travels around the world and visits various jazz festivals and venues. In his spare time he also plays piano.
Karen Frivik
Karen Frivik
Karen Frivik is a journalist for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK Kultur), specialized in Jazz. On her radioshow ‘Jazzklubben’ she features both new and established artists, new releases and festivals and concerts throughout Europe. In addition, Karen has produced prize winning documentaries and was asked to be a jury member for Prix Europe – Europe’s largest annual tri-medial festival and competition.
Sébastien Vidal
Sébastien Vidal
Sébastien Vidal studied at the American School of Modern Music and Berklee College of Music. He performed with jazz greats suchs as Clark Terry and Al Casey. Sébastien is now the artistic director of the Nice Jazz Festival, the Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival and programmer of the Duc Des Lombards in Paris. In addition, he is the director of TSF radio du jazz and organizes the annual TSF Jazz evening ‘You And The Night And The Music’ at L’Olympia.