Frequently Asked Questions
“We are so much better because of Swing Central.”
Kevin Haskins, Camden NJ
Q: How much does it cost to apply?
A: It’s completely free!
Q: How do I apply?
A: First, fill out an interest form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 912.236.1989. September 10th you will be able to access the 2019 competition chart, Joe Goldberg’s new arrangement of the Horace Silver/Blue Mitchell tune “Peace/Blue Silver” online. Submit a recording of this piece, and one other piece of your choice, by November 9, 2018.
Q. How do I submit the recordings?
A. We accept mp3s or CDs. Visit recording guidelines for more information.
Q: How do you decide on the twelve finalists?
A: An independent panel of SCJ clinicians and college-level educators undergo a blind review process. They will not know which band is playing which piece, or even the names of the bands that have applied.
Q: When will I find out if my band is a finalist?
A: We will notify selected bands by email and post them on swingcentraljazz.org on December 10th.
Q: If my band is selected, what happens between December and the competition in April?
A: Finalists will each receive two additional competition charts courtesy of Savannah Music Festival. Please note that Swing Central Jazz no longer provides on-site coaching before the Savannah workshops and competition.
Q: What do the winners of the competition receive?
A: First prize: The Jean Elizabeth Faircloth Award and $5,000; Second prize: $2500; Third prize: $1000. All participants receive a $500 travel stipend.
More questions? Contact the SMF Education department at email@example.com.