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Jazz: The Second Century Series “Call for Artistic Submissions”

2023 Series Shifts Focus to Present Young Artists

Earshot Jazz seeks submissions from young Seattle-area individual artists and ensembles for Jazz: The Second Century series. The series brings the progression of jazz into creative motion and is a current and un-sentimental look at our city’s engagement with this diffuse, vibrant art form.

Applicants must be born this century (on or after 01/01/2000). Submissions must include a recorded work sample and a written statement between 350-400 words. Projects that question and expand the conventions of the jazz form are encouraged.

Three artists will be selected through an anonymous listening jury process. Selected artists will perform live at the upcoming Earshot Jazz Festival and will be paid $150 per artist for ensembles between two to six people.

Seeking submissions now through Monday, July 31, 2023! Learn how to apply below. 

A list of past Second Century artists can be viewed here.


To get answers on the spot to frequently asked questions, take a look below! If you still are looking for answers, please contact us at info@earshot.org or by calling our office at (206) 547-6763.

How do I apply?

Please complete this form by July 31st at 11:59 pm PDT. Applicants should complete the submission form before sending their samples. Samples can be emailed to info@earshot.org. To share your samples, we reccommend uploading these files to a Google folder, and sharing  the link to that folder with us in your email. Please reach out to us with any questions and for any further assistance.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete this form: https://forms.gle/MoCozVoDgphk6ZyK8
    • Artist Statement – 350-400 words max (Tell us a little about you and what your project is about).
  • 2 or 3 different samples, at a minimum of 5 minutes and maximum of 10 minutes total.
  • Samples should represent (as close as possible) the work to be presented during the festival.
  • Applicants must be born this century (on or after 01/01/2000).
  • Ensembles with 2-6 artists.
  • Individuals must apply on their own, meaning the whole ensemble cannot apply. Only one member of that group submits an application.
  • Applications cannot be based on work that has already been recorded and released.
  • Multimedia submissions were on the table while the series was hosted online, but that is not part of the package anymore. However, if this severely interferes with your creative freedom, please contact info@earshot.org or call (206) 547-6763 so we can discuss. 

*Does not have to be a premiere.

What are we looking for?
  • Work that pushes boundaries and shows innovation

  • Artistic excellence and competence

  • Authenticity

  • Artists that are BIPOC, women, femme or masc, and/or marginalized are strongly encouraged to apply

How will the performances be structured?

During the global pandemic, this series was formatted to be performed online. However, with the times changing, we are able to hold this series in-person again (and in-person only). All three artists will perform on the same night, in the same venue, with each performance set at 30 minutes max (each performance should intend to wrap up within 20-25 minutes, though). These performances will be a part of the Earshot Jazz Festival, happening from October 6 to November 5. Performance date and venue TBD.

How will artists be promoted?

Selected artists will start to be promoted by Earshot Jazz in September with that month’s issue of the Earshot Jazz magazine, accompanied by various posts on social media. Our subscribers will recieve anywhere between two to three emails: the first announcing the selected artists, and the following emails promoting ticket sales to the performances. A press release will also go out. Selected artists are strongly encouraged to promote themselves–please contact our Marketing and Communications Associate, Maddy Horn, by emailing maddy@earshot.org for any help.

How will artists be selected?

We are currently in the process of assembling a community panel. Submissions will be presented to the panel anonymously. They will not know any personal information, such as the applicant’s name. Rather than presenting submissions as “John Doe’s Submission”, we will present submissions as, “Submission A.” The timeframe for the panel’s work and decision making is still being determined, more details on that will be available soon.

Why the focus on young artists?

This year, significant cuts have been made to music education in schools, all across the country and right here in our community. Jazz programs have had to put up a particularly difficult fight due to the threat of not just being scaled down, but being completely eliminated. Our goal with this series this year is to offer some hope, encouragement and recognition to budding artists. We want to encourage youth projects that are not in the jazz cannon as well as provide opportunities for young artists and help facilitate their progression outside of the school environment. The only way to keep this vibrant artform going is to support the artists that are just getting started, and to keep them going. We have to protect and look to the future of jazz, and the missions of this series perfectly encompasses that.

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