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 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 located in Pasadena California, where he/she will stay at the dorms during that time. In addition after the 1 week course  the winner has an additional week of private lessons, such as  voice & instrument.

Austrian Winner must be available from June 26th thru July 13th 2020

For 2020  the US winner will receive  a 2 week trip to Vienna Austria, and will be able to attend and perform at the 2020 Z award ceremony in Vienna, Austria on June 6th AS well as the Festival of districts on June 3rd. In addition they will private lessons at the Joe Zawinul Music School in Gumpoldskirchen Austria (30minutes outside Vienna) and cultural & and; sightseeing trips

US student must be available from June 1st thru June 20th 2020

Both trips are fully paid for by the Zawinul Foundation & ; The City Of Gumpoldskirchen such as 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.  PRIZE FOR THE SPIRIT AWARD TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER

The Spirit Award winner will be selected from 2020 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 June 6th, 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 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 2020 program. Additionally, the winner must be no older than 20 years old by June 6th, 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 that were assigned to do a production from their school

2. Individual
This category is open any filmmaker that was not assigned a project from their school
and did the production on their own either with a crew or by themselves.
This award program 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 years to 21 years old

Prizes For this Category to be announced later




To apply, click here