Conditions of Participation

1. Organizer
The Kurt Maas Jazz Award is an event organized by the University of Music and Theater Munich.

2. Eligibility
Students of all major subjects of the Jazz Institute of the University of Music and Theater Munich are eligible to participate.

3. Application and registration deadline
The application can be submitted until 12/02/2022 by sending the completed registration form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Anmeldungsformular 2023). 

Preselection credentials:

  • Links to three YouTube video clips, including a jazz standard and an original composition (maximum length per clip: 3 minutes)
  • an artistic curriculum vitae (pdf format)
  • a photo of the applicant (300 dpi, jpg format)

4. Admission
The jury’s decision on admission to the competition or admission to the final round will be communicated after the selection has been made. The decisions are final, and no further explanations will be given. Admitted applicants will receive a confirmation by email. Applicants who are not admitted will receive a negative reply via email.

5. Acknowledgment of conditions
By registering for the competition, the participant accepts the participation and competition conditions as well as the jury’s decisions as binding. Legal recourse is excluded. Applications that do not meet the requirements of the competition can be rejected.

6. Student of a jury member
Should a student of a jury member be among the candidates this jury member cannot participate in the evaluation of the candidate. Anyone who is studying or has studied with a jury member and who did not complete the course of studies at least three years before is considered a student. Participation in master classes does not apply to this rule.

7. Competition rounds
There will be two rounds in the competition: the preselection and the final round. A maximum of five people will be admitted to the final (public) round. The final round will take place on Wednesday, 02/08/2023 at 13:00 Saal X (HP8).

The following conditions apply to the final round:

  • candidates can play for approx. 30 minutes
  • the repertoire and jazz stylistic can be chosen by the candidate

Candidates admitted to the finals must send their competition program and a motivational letter (in English language) for the summer program at Berklee by 01/22/2023 via email to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8. Awards ceremony and laureate concert
The awards ceremony will take place as part of the winners concert on 07/12/2023 at the Isarphilharmonie (HP8). The award winners commit themselves to participating in this event without receiving payment. The head of the university’s Jazz Institute will curate the program. It is expected that each award winner personally accepts their award.

9. Prizes

  • First prize: Financing will be provided for a summer program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, including travel expenses, accommodation and meals.
  • Second prize: Financing will be provided for a performance at the night club of the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich.
  • Third prize: Financing will be provided for a course at an international jazz academy including accommodation.
  • Special bonus: To mark the 10th anniversary, all five finalists will be awarded a prize of 1,000 Euros. 

10. Media utilization
The University of Music and Performing Arts Munich reserves the right to use recorded material of the competition rounds as well as the laureate concert or extracts from these for the production of a CD and/or DVD for promotional purposes and in order to document the competition. The university also reserves the right to submit the competition entries in sound and/or audio-visual form, itself or through third parties, on analog and/or digital sound/image/video media, including platforms, regardless of the format or procedure, in order to evaluate or have the material evaluated and distribute or have the material distributed commercially and non-commercially. The required declaration of consent is deemed to have been issued as the participant registers for the competition; the same applies to the transfer of rights in accordance with the above-mentioned terms. The competitors and award winners are not entitled to additional remuneration.