The Zawinul Foundation offers the following awards:

The “Z” Award

Each year, this award an all expense paid 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 our annul international music exchange program.

For 2019 we are pleased to announce the Austrian first place winner will have a 1 week Music program course at Los Angeles College of Music located in Pasadena California, where he/she will stay at the dorms during that time. In addition after the 2 week course  the winner has an additional week of private lessons, such as  voice & instrument.

Austrian Winner must be available from June 20th thru July 11th 2019

For 2019  the US winner will receive  a 3 week trip to Vienna Austria, and will be able to attend and perform at the 2019 Z award ceremony in Vienna, Austria. In addition where they will attend courses at the Vienna Musician Institute, private lessons at the Joe Zawinul Music School in Gumpoldskirchen Austria (30minutes outside Vienna) and cultural & sightseeing trips

US student must be available from May 22nd thru June

Both trips are fully paid for by the Zawinul Foundation & The City Of Gumpoldskirchen such as airfare, housing, meals, music courses and recreational trips.

                                                                                                                                                                           We will also provide second and third place prizes to applicants from Austria.

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.  This Year the 2019 Spirit Award winner will receive a full tuition scholarship  for 1 semester at the Vienna Music Institute, which includes private lessons and ensemble courses

The Spirit Award winner will be selected from 2019 Joe Zawinul Music Exchange Program applicants who also have applied for the program in previous years. Additionally, the winner must be no older than 20 years old by May 25th, 2019.

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 your comfort zone to push yourself as a performer.

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 2019 program. Additionally, the winner must be no older than 20 years old by May 25th, 2019.

The winner will receive a €300.00 voucher from Klangfarbe music store in Vienna.

The Creative Video Award (US and Austrian Students)

The Zawinul Foundation for Achievement announces the ZFFA Creative Video Award to recognize and encourage 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.  This year, the Zawinul Foundation welcomes students to submit a short video about their hometowns; show us how you view your community.  The ZFFA Creative Video Award winner receives a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud  Age limit for this category is 12 years to 25 years old


2nd Place

This years 2nd place winner will receive a one day recording session at Marianne Mendt’s private studio, where the winner will have the chance to record their own song in a pro environment

3rd Place

This years 3rd place winner will be gifted a €200 voucher from Klangfarber Music, Austria’s largest music store located in Vienna

To apply, click here