Mike Stewart was unifying figure in the Adelaide jazz community who inspired a generation of musicians to follow his strong example and pursue musical careers in Adelaide, New York City and beyond. The Mike Stewart Memorial Award has been created so that emerging musicians can access funds at a pivot moment in their careers, and help secure the future of an Australian jazz scene.
Applicants are encouraged to propose a program of activity that may include a number of activities including residencies, specialist training, industry conferences, recordings or other promotional material, mentorships, internships and traineeships with recognised professional practitioners or organisations.
JazzSA Inc Board Member Adam Page said that the jazz scene in South Australia has never seen an award such as The Mike Stewart Memorial Award.
“In an economic environment where it is becoming harder and harder to create opportunities as a young artist, this award will most definitely make all the difference for those wanting to take their artistic career to the next level” he said.
CEO of the Helpmann Academy, Jane MacFarlane said that the award aims to identify a rising jazz star and give them a boost at a critical point in their career.
“Establishing a career as a professional jazz musician is not an easy route to take. However, South Australia has no shortage of talent and we are pleased to be working with JazzSA Inc to offer this career changing opportunity” she said.
Applicants must have graduated from the University of Adelaide Elder Conservatorium of Music Jazz Program in the last five years to apply, demonstrate excellence in their work and a rigorous commitment to building a career as a professional jazz artist.
Applications are now open for activities taking place between December 2016 and November 2017.
Applications close on Friday 23 September at 5:00pm.