The Joe Zawinul Foundation offers the following awards for 2023

The “Z” Award

Each year, the “Z” Award is given to one music student from the European Union and one music student from the United States for demonstrating exceptional musical talent and passion. Each first-place “Z” Award winner participates in the annual Joe Zawinul Music Exchange Program. To be eligible, applicants must be between 13 and 21 years old before June 15th, 2023.


*** Due to concerns about traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic, Please Check with your Government and airline for requirements for travel




Joe Zawinul Music Exchange Program trips are fully paid for by the Joe Zawinul Foundation for Achievement & the city of Gumpoldskirchen, including airfare, housing, meals, music courses and recreational trips.

To apply, click here



The Creative Video Award (US and Austrian Students)

The Zawinul Foundation for Achievement is pleased to announce the ZFFA Creative Video Award for 2023 will be in two categories:

  1. Production Group
    Will be considered 2 or more people who were assigned to do a production for their school
  2. Individual
    This category is open any filmmaker who was not assigned a project from their school and did the production on their own, either with a crew or by themselves.
    The Creative Video Award recognizes and encourages young filmmakers. Whether captured by a smartphone or the latest technology—now more than ever—young artists have an opportunity to tell their stories through video.

Age limit for this category is 12 to 21 years old.

  • Prizes for the creative video to be announced soon
  • Deadline to submit video is May 15th 2023, 12:00 A.M. Pacific Standard Time
  • The video must not exceed 25 minutes, including opening and ending credits.
  • Credits must acknowledge all contributors, including writing, music, editing, etc. Videos without credits are automatically disqualified.
  • The video may be shot with any type of camera, but must be submitted as either MP4 or MOV files. All other formats will be rejected.
  • Submissions missing the teaser are automatically disqualified.
  • Questions about the video requirements? Please email

Prizes for this category to be announced later.

To apply, click here
Watch the 2022 Joe Zawinul Awards Livestream
June 4th  |   7:00am pst
Watch It Here