Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2017, Romania

Publish Date: Jan 31, 2017

Deadline: Feb 10, 2017

The 10th Edition will start on 14 May gathering bands from 4 continents. Bucharest becomes the world capital of jazz.


"Music, of course, is what I hear and something that I more or less live by. It's not an occupation or profession, it's a compulsion."
Duke Ellington

In the Semi-final of Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2016 have been accepted 25 bands with musicians from 26 countries: Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong - China, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailanda, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela.

General Rules 2017

The 11th Bucharest International Jazz Competition, 13 - 20 May 2017, is open to bands and vocalists of all nationalities. Applicants must be born after 1st of May 1977.


Bands may have up to 6 performing musicians and they may include:

  •     instrumentalists and vocalists
  •     instrumentalists
  •     vocalists

1st Round - Selection of semi-finalists

The admissions panel and adjudicators will evaluate each application. Recordings must have been made within the past 12 months. The application must include 2 - 3 pieces of different styles.

2nd Round - Semi-final on 13 - 19 May

  •     Semi-finalists will perform 50 - 60 minutes in the competition’s concert hall
  •     Semi-finalists will perform 50 - 60 minutes in an unconventional space
  •     Semi-finalists will perform 50 - 60 minutes in jam sessions

Competitors have complete freedom in choosing their repertoire.

3rd Round - Final on 20 May

Finalists will perform 20 minutes.

Competition Entry Requirements

Registration in the competition will be made based on:

1. digital documents:
a. recordings for the competition
b. application form - Annex A
c. two different group photos, color, landscape format, min 1MB
d. short presentation of the group - max. 10 lines

2. printed documents:
a. application form - Annex A, Annex B, Annex C
b. copy of passport / identity card for EU citizens, for each group's member
c. one photo, passport type, for each group's member
d. copy of the bank confirmation for the payment of the registration fee
e. technical rider

All digital documents will be as follows:

  • - make a folder and name it as your band
  • - copy all digital documents in the folder
  • - archive / compress the folder ( zip, rar etc )
  • - send the folder by www.wetransfer.com to email office@jmevents.ro
  • - please mention: " Application for jazz competition - band's name" 

All printed documents will be sent by post, not by e-mail. The postal address is:
C.P. 13 - 63, Bucuresti 13, Romania

Please mention on the envelope: "Application for jazz competition."

The registration fee for one application / group is 120 Euro and will be paid by bank transfer as follows:
Amount: 120 Euro. The payment will be sent free of charge to the payee. 
Recipient: jmEvents

IBAN Account:  RO82 BACX 0000 0004 3583 4003
Bank name: Unicredit Bank - Izvor Branch
Address: 20 Libertatii Blvd., 050707 Bucharest
Swift Code: BACXROBU
Subject: Registration fee for BIJC for...(band's name)

Drafts ( bank cheques ) are not accepted.

The registration fee is non-refundable. The registration fee will be refunded only to those competitors who have complete application documents and are not accepted in the Semi-final based on the recordings.

Registration deadline is February 10, 2017 - date of postmark at sender. Confirmation of the applicants' registration in the competition will be made before March 1, 2017.

The participants will have a professional technician and sound system along with back-line of drum kit, acoustic or digital piano, bass amplifier, guitar amplifier and microphones.

Organizers provide lodging for the first 5 registered musicians in the competition. Accommodation begins on May 13, 2017 and is ensured for the period the participants remain in contest. For the rest of the candidates, the organizers will make hotel reservations upon request, based on special accommodation packages offer.

The total amount of the prizes is 7.000 Euro: cash, in Romanian currency and concerts engagements.

  •     Grand Prize Winner              1.200 Eur
  •     Special Prize - Best Band       400 Eur
  •     Special Prize - Best Vocalist   400 Eur
  •     3 – 5 concerts engagements for one or two finalist bands

The prize-winners will have priority in being included in the programs organized by jmEvents both nationally and abroad.

Final performers will receive diplomas. Prizes will be awarded by a Jury whose members are well known personalities of the jazz musical world. The Jury will use the standard criteria as:

  •     style / interpretation
  •     improvisation
  •     technique / diction / articulation
  •     musicality
  •     time and rhythm
  •     intonation

All the decisions of the Jury are final and non-appealable. The public preference will be considered for the final decision. 

Each award-winner must receive his or her prize personally the next day after the Gala Concert. Any claim for the prizes after this date is not accepted.

The concerts will be broadcast by the Broadcasting Corporation or recorded for later transmission. A live or deferred broadcast by other Romanian or foreign Broadcasting Corporations is possible, as well as a complete or partial re-broadcast of the concerts on mass-media or online channels. By applying to take part in the competition, the applicants give their implied consent for this recording as well as for its transmission under the conditions mentioned above. The participants and the prize-winners have no claim to additional fees.

During the development of Bucharest International Jazz Competition, the participating bands are not allowed to perform in any other spaces except for those of this competition.
The infringement of rules has as consequence the exclusion from the competition, which is irrevocable, and/or taking pecuniary measures. 

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at office@jmevents.ro!

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