The Zawinul Foundation offers the following awards:

The “Z” Award

Each year, the “Z” Award is given to one music student from Austria and one music student from the United States for demonstrating exceptional musical talent and passion. Each first place “Z” Award winner gets to participate in the annual Joe Zawinul Music Exchange Program.

For 2020, we are pleased to announce the Austrian first place winner will have a 1-week music program course at Los Angeles College of Music’s Summer Xperience, located in Pasadena, California, where he/she will stay in the dorms with other students. The winner will also receive training at Silverlake Conservatory of Music, founded by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, in addition to private lessons, including voice and instrument, one-on-one workshops, and the chance to visit LA’s iconic landmarks and cultural sites.

The Austrian Winner must be available from June 26–July 13, 2020

For 2020, the U.S. winner will receive a 2-week trip to Vienna, Austria, and will be able to attend and perform at the 2020 “Z” Award Celebration ceremony at the legendary Porgy & Bess Jazz and Music Club in Vienna on June 6, 2020. New this year, the winner also will perform at the Vienna Festival of Districts on June 3. Additionally, the he/she will attend private lessons at the Joe Zawinul Music School in Gumpoldskirchen, Austria (30 minutes outside Vienna), and participate in courses at the Musik und Kunst (MUK) conservatory in Vienna, as well as visit cultural and sightseeing venues.

The U.S. student must be available from June 1–20, 2020

Second- and third-place winners will receive $300 and $200 gift-card vouchers, respectively, from Austria’s biggest music equipment store, Klangfarbe.

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

To apply, click here

The Spirit Award (Austrian Students Only)

The Zawinul Foundation for Achievement bestows the Spirit Award to an Austrian student who exhibits an unparalleled passion for music and who has overcome challenges in life. The award honors the student’s ability to successfully cope with difficulties while also furthering his/her music education and talents.

The Spirit Award prize is a 3-day recording session at MG Sound Studios in Vienna, Austria, where the winner will get a chance to rehearse, record, and professionally mix and master one song.

The winner of the Spirit Award will be selected from 2020 Joe Zawinul Music Exchange Program applicants who also have applied to the program in previous years. Additionally, the student must be no older than 20 years old by June 6, 2020.

Most Improved (Austrian Students Only)

The Zawinul Foundation for Achievement presents the ZFFA Most Improved Award. This honor recognizes a student who has shown tremendous growth in his/her musicianship—not only in theoretical knowledge of his/her instrument, but also in the acquisition of new skills—the exemplary work ethic required to continue learning the craft, and a willingness to step outside his/her comfort zone to push themself as a performer.

The Most Improved Award prize is a scholarship to attend the Vienna Music Institute (VMI) Conservatory of Contemporary Music for one semester for free.

To be considered for the ZFFA Most Improved Award, students must have previously applied to the Joe Zawinul Music Exchange Program and apply again for the 2020 program. Additionally, the winner must be no older than 20 years old by June 6, 2020.

The Creative Video Award (US and Austrian Students)

The Zawinul Foundation for Achievement is pleased to announce the ZFFA Creative Video Award for 2020 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 this category to be announced later.

To apply, click here