Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I get when I create an account?
- I forgot the email i registered with, is there a way to retrieve it?
- I forgot my password, is there a way to reset it?
Creating an account allows you to submit applications for bands to compete in the contest for the Karel van Eerd Music Award.
No, it is not possible for us the find your email. What you can do is trying the forgot password function found here.
Reset your password here.
Sign-up and Submission Questions
- How do I sign-up?
- Is my band eligible and a good match for this Award?
- Are all jazz styles allowed?
- Is this Award for experienced, successful bands or new bands?
- Is this Award only for my primary band, or can I try to compete with a new concept I’ve been working on?
- Is this Award for bands of a specific size, or may I submit my solo act? May I submit my big band?
- I am not based in Europe. I am from a country you have probably never heard of. May I still submit my band for consideration?
- When can I submit my band application?
- What does it cost to enter?
- What kind of songs should I submit?
- What are the guidelines for photo submissions?
- What are the guidelines for video submissions?
- What are the guidelines for audio submissions?
- What if I don’t have a website?
- Can I submit older music and videos?
- My Videos/Music are not online, can I submit files instead?
- Will my music/video be published on your website?
- Can I update my band information after I have submitted it?
- Can I submit applications for multiple bands from one account?
- Can I perform in more than one band in the contest?
- How can I verify successful receipt of my application?
- I still have submission questions, is there someone I can contact?
- How can I be sure that the band information and tracks have been uploaded properly?
Very likely Yes! If you think your material lives within the jazz spectrum and you consider it one of your best recordings we definitely want to hear it.
Now, that is a hard question to answer. Theoretically yes. On the other hand, to win over audiences from diverse backgrounds in concert after concert, and turn them into lifelong fans of your band, you will need to consider how much complexity, virtuosity, and/or experimentation general audiences can take. The jury will consider how broadly appealing your band is, not just how many notes you can play or how wild your ideas are. In other words: we want to support bands that can entertain and that guide audiences to euphoria with a well-designed show.
Both and everyone in between! The Jazz industry sometimes forgets about great, experienced talent, and other times forgets to offer an on-ramp to new bands alike. We believe in both kinds of bands, and everyone else in between.
Both! We want to support your passion. That might be your primary band, but it also might be an idea that’s been difficult to get off the ground. Again, both have merit, and we believe in both kinds of artistic projects.
Submit any band you want of any size. If the music is there, we want to hear it.
It’s an international Band Contest. So yes, However, if you are selected as a finalist you will have to perform in front of the jurors, which will be in The Netherlands. The default travel reimbursement for every band is the equivalent of €500,00. Possible additional expenditures are on you. The finals are on June 2, 2022.
The contest application period has already started and ends March 31, 2022, 23.59 (CET). No submissions will be accepted after this date. Before that date you can add, delete or modify everything you have uploaded before.
There is no cost to enter. We want to give a chance to all bands.
Think of the songs your fans and audiences love the most. Send those.
We do recommend to also submit at least 1 or 2 standards so that the jury can hear how you apply your own style. We are looking for a band who can convince audiences throughout Europe who are not always trained jazz listeners. Standards are generally the way to convince these audiences. That is why the jury is interested in both your standards and originals.
We prefer high res photography, but the most important criterion is that the photos should be relevant and accurate depictions of your band’s personnel and vibe. Our website supports PNG, JPG, JPEG and GIF.
Videos should be 2-4 minutes long in the supported formats (MP4, MOV and MKV). If your videos are availible via youtube, bandcamp, your bands website or elsewhere on the internet submit the link.
In order for Judges to properly assess the tracks, the suggested length is between 3 and 7 minutes. The uploaded file must be in one of ur supported formats (MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF).
That’s OK, but we need some primary profile page to see how you represent your band. That can be a website, a facebook profile, a bandcamp profile, an instagram profile, etc. Paste the link in the submissions whilst creating your band.
Please only submit music and videos recorded after January 1, 2017.
Ofcourse, in the supported formats (MP4, MOV, MKV, MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF)
At the time that Semi-finalists and Finalists are announced to the public, a page that may contain some or all of your submitted materials will be published. By submitting an application and application materials, you are agreeing to our disclaimer.
Yes, as long as the registration period lasts (March 31, 2022, 23.59 CET).
Yes, some bandleaders run more than one band. In one account you can submit multiple applications. Just make sure each band is eligible and each application complete.
After the submission is complete and you clicked on the "Save" button you will be redirected to the band page (of the band you just created) this way you know your application has been stored successfully.
You can email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the upload the user will be guided step by step by the control panel, with a feedback message if either element is missing. The provided info will only be visible on the band’s page once the contents have been uploaded correctly. Also, you can remove and/or upload files again until you are happy with the submitted materials.
General Contest Questions
- What is the Karel van Eerd Music Award?
- How is the contest structured?
- Who is Karel van Eerd?
- What is the mission of the Award program?
- What is the difference between the committee and the jury?
- Who is on the Committee?
- How does the public vote factor into the selection of finalists?
- Who is on the Jury?
- Why is there an Online Phase and a Live Concert Phase in the contest?
- Access: Only by offering an online portion and free applications can the Karel van Eerd Music Award welcome both new, aspiring bands and professional bands alike. The online phase enables more access and a chance for the nominating committee to provide opportunities to the most relevant bands. Read more about our Access mission on the About Festiventures page.
- New realities: Since the internet, smartphone, and music streaming revolutionized and rebuilt the music industry, bands have faced an entirely new set of challenges in representing themselves online. The extent to which a band can present a consistent and high-quality image on websites, social media profiles, and streaming sites has become a major determinant of the band’s reach, opportunities, and success.
- COVID: For any of the remaining internet-doubters, COVID clarified the importance of an online relationship between talent buyers, bands, and fans. Among many other reasons, and despite many skeptics, an international wave of online performances kept bands and fans connected. The ability to present to a remote audience has become yet another 21st century skill for bands to master.
- Is there a ceremony?
The Karel van Eerd Music Award celebrates the greatness of jazz music with exciting initiatives in jazz and revolutionary prizes. The beginning is an annual International Band Contest, and band registration is open now. Great bands can win funding, bookings, promo, travel, and more on their next European tour.
An online part and a live concert. The online part consists of creating an online band profile with submissions of your work and filling in a questionnaire about your bands’ ambitions. These profiles will be assessed by a jury and the public can vote on their favorite band(s). From all semi-finalists the finalists will be chosen based on the jury and public scores. The finalists will then be invited to perform at the formal award event in from of the jury.
The Awards were created to provide an on-ramp to more relevance for great bands that work hard to carry forward the torch of Jazz in the 21st century. Too often, the period between starting a band and winning global relevance is forgotten. Too often, the bands that would win over new audiences don’t have the access or opportunities to share their music and grow professionally. The Karel van Eerd Music Award seeks to alleviate some of these challenges faced by both professional and aspiring Jazz bands. Read more about the challenges of the jazz industry on the About Festiventures page.
The committee evaluates the eligibility and relevance of bands that have submitted applications, conducts Semi-finalist questionnaires, and then - together with public voting - nominates finalists for evaluation by the Jury. The Jury evaluates the finalists and selects the winners in accordance with the mission of the Award. Read about How to Win.
The committee is built from professional musicians, managers, music business professionals, producers, and the executive team at Festiventures. Learn more About Festiventures.
Each member of the committee has a vote. The public vote will count as one committee member.
The Jury is built from celebrated jazz musicians and music business professionals. Due to covid restrictions it remains unclear if the desired jurors can be present for the final event. As soon as the final event date is set and travel restrictions from the USA are lifted, we will announce the jurors on the Jury page.
Three reasons: 1. Access; 2. The realities of the music business in the 21st Century; and 3. COVID.
Yes, the finalists will give a performance, one band at a time, with questionnaires and special guests between each performance. At the end of the performances, the Jury will deliberate and then choose the winners. The ceremony and a reception will follow. The location of these events will be revealed on this website, and the events will take place on June 2, 2022.
Winning and Prize Questions
- How and when are semi-finalists and finalists determined?
- How and when are semi-finalists and finalists notified?
- How and when are the winners determined?
- How and when are the winners notified?
- What is the Grand Prize?
- Will the band that wins the Grand Prize get paid?
- What is the Jury Prize?
- Will the band that wins the Jury Prize get paid?
- What is the Individual Prize?
- Will the musician that wins the Individual Prize get paid?
- What is the MusIQ365 Finalist Prize?
- Will finalists get paid?
The nominating committee will select the semifinalists based on the strength and coherence of each band’s musical quality, performance ability, online sites and profiles, and sheer entertainment factor. On April 4, 2022, the semifinalists will be announced and the public voting starts. In this period the jury will also assess each band and give their scores. On April 20, the voting period ends and the jury will have assessed each band. We will announce the finalist a day later April 21, 2022.
Before public announcements, semi-finalists and finalists will be notified using the email address provided in their applications.
The Live Concert Finale will take place at Podium Azijnfabriek in ‘s Hertogenbosch, NL for a series of performances in front of an expert jury and a supportive live audience on June 2, 2022. Win over the Jury like you would in any other concert and win the contest! The Jury will pick based on musical quality, performance ability, and sheer entertainment factor. Make sure to see our COVID Policy page for clear information about contingency plans for the Live Concert Phase.
Winners will find out at the same time as the audience during the final event on June 2, 2022.
The winner will receive an amazing statue crafted by sculptor Rogier Ruys. We want to honor your contributions to our industry and support your career, so when you win the Karel van Eerd Music Award Grand Prize, we will also send you on a European tour. In close collaboration with the winning band, we will organize a professional club tour with all the promotion needed to sell out these venues. If you’re already organizing a tour, we’ll add more bookings and supportive funding. For more information on the Grand Prize, visit the Prizes page.
Every concert in the tour will be fully covered, band salaries included. Travel, hotels, promo, graphics, photography, video, meals. Everything up to a stunning €25.000,00 in value! €25.000,00? That’s right: Twenty-Five Thousand invested in your band’s career and success. That makes this competition one of the best rewarded jazz awards on the planet. And if you make the most of this prize, the Karel van Eerd Music Award puts your band on the map, improving your bookings for years to come. Keep in mind this is not a €25.000 check - rather, we spend €25.000 on the various services needed to produce a tour. Individual band payments will vary based on the tour and bookings, and are entirely at the discretion of Festiventures. The prize has no redeemable or exchangeable cash value. Read more about the Grand Prize on the Prizes page, and read the full rules on the FAQ and disclaimer page.
The winner of the Jury Prize will receive an amazing statue crafted by sculptor Rogier Ruys. We want to honor your contributions to our industry and support your career, so when you win the Karel van Eerd Music Award Jury Prize, we will subsidize and augment your next tour, starting with three paid bookings, and also including marketing, promotion, and media, up to a stunning €10.000,00 in value. In close collaboration with the winning band, we’ll add bookings, supportive funding, music videos, and more to enhance your next big tour.
The Jury Prize is itself one of the best rewarded jazz awards on the planet. However, keep in mind this is not a €10.000 check - rather, we spend €10.000 on the various services provided to augment a tour, film music videos, and pay for the gigs performed. Individual band payments will vary based on the tour and bookings, and are entirely at the discretion of Festiventures. The prize has no redeemable or exchangeable cash value. Read more about the Jury Prize on the Prizes page, and read the full rules on the FAQ and disclaimer page.
The winner of the Individual Prize will receive an amazing statue crafted by sculptor Rogier Ruys. We want to honor your contributions to our industry and support your career, so when you win the Karel van Eerd Music Award Individual Prize, we will amplify and shine a spotlight on your career. One individual, outstanding performer will receive the Individual Prize, an Artist Support Deal worth €5.000,00 that includes a short musical documentary about the artist, questionnaires and media appearances, and other activities to increase awareness about the winning musician. The winner will also receive invitations for paid collaborations with at least three professional bands in future concerts; a three year subscription to MusIQ365+; a custom, official Individual Prize badge for promotional use; and, a stunning statue from Dutch Artist Rogier Ruys
The Individual Prize is itself one of the best rewarded jazz awards on the planet. However, keep in mind this is not a €5.000 check - rather, we spend €5.000 on the various services provided to shine a marketing spotlight on the winner’s career and connect the individual with more opportunities. Individual payments will vary based on the individual situation and bookings, and are entirely at the discretion of Festiventures. The prize has no redeemable or exchangeable cash value. Read more about the Individual Prize on the Prizes page, and read the full rules on the FAQ and disclaimer page.
All other Finalists besides the winner of the Grand Prize, Jury Prize, and Individual Prize will win the MusIQ365 Finalist Prize, an Artist Support Deal worth €2.500,00. We want to honor our contributions to our industry and support your career, so when you are nominated as Finalist for the Karel van Eerd Music Award, we will offer you a paid booking, professional audio & video recordings of this booking and consult with you. You wil also get a digital badge to use on your website, in your mailings, your EPK, and beyond.
Being nominated as a Finalist for the Karel van Eerd Music Award is already a win. You will get a paid booking and great materials of your band. However, keep in mind this is not a €2.500 check- rather, we spend €2.500 on various services that help your career accelerate. Individual band payments will vary based on the tour and bookings, and are entirely at the discretion of Festiventures. The prize has no redeemable or exchangeable cash value. Read more about the Finalist Prize on the Prizes page, and read the full rules on the FAQ and disclaimer page.
Event Questions - Live Concert Phase
- Will finalists receive guest tickets?
- Can the general public buy tickets?
- Will finalists need to bring their own instruments to the event?
- Will finalists be provided with backline?
- Can individual members of finalist bands be replaced if needed?
- Will travel costs be reimbursed?
- Are meals included?
Finalist bands will receive two tickets per performing musician to share with friends, family, or colleagues.
This will depend on the covid restrictions at the time. We will announce this later on.
Drum set will be provided by the House. Musicians should bring all other instruments. Drummers should bring cymbals and snare.
Microphones, sound equipment, and engineering will be provided by the House.
Yes, but the maximum reimbursed is €500 per band.
No, but there will be limited backstage catering provided to Finalists.
Ownership & Copyright Questions
- Do I retain ownership of my work when I submit it?
- Does my work need to be copyrighted before I can submit?
- Do finalists need to grant permission for audio and video recording?
- Can a band take part with tracks that have been released by a record or publishing company in the past?
Of course! However, you do grant us a limited license to use your submitted materials in connection with The Karel Van Eerd Music Award, and according to our disclaimer.
No, but we do encourage all musicians to copyright their original work.
Yes. By submitting an application, you grant us a limited license to film, record, and use these images, video, and sound in connection with The Karel Van Eerd Music Award, and according to our disclaimer.
Yes, they can, under the only condition that the rules to participate apply and thus the material can be made public during the course of the award. Consent of the record company or publishing company is therefor required in the form of a written statement by these companies that contractual obligations and or copyright obligations for the recordings are waived for the purpose of this competition.
- What happens to the Live Concert Phase in case of Government lockdown?
- Will I be required to have a negative test or vaccine in order to attend the Live Concert Event?
The Karel van Eerd Music Award must comply with all government orders, and will endeavor as much as possible to minimize disruption and rescheduling.
At this time, we can not possibly know what the situation will be like on June 2, 2022. The Karel Van Eerd Music Award committee will take all reasonable steps to reduce health risks and comply with government orders.
Press, Sponsor, and Partner Questions
- Is there a press kit available?
- To whom can I send press inquiries?
- Can my company submit a sponsorship bid for any bands?
Please send an email to email@example.com.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes please, it would help them a lot. You can submit sponsorship inquiries to email@example.com.
Judges and selections
- Who are the Artistic Judges?
- Who are the Public Jury Members?
- Will the public classification count towards deciding the finalists? And what about the winners?
- When can our fans and friends vote for us?
We will present the jurors on April 21, 2022, when the finalists are announced. This way we’ll prevent any conflict of interest during the contest.
Anyone can be a Public Jury Member. Bands will invite their fans to vote for them as will the Karel van Eerd Music award Organization encourage the media to share the voting links as much as possible. Each Public Judge can vote multiple times, but only 1 time per band.
Yes. The public vote will count equally as each member of the jury. Both the public and the jurors can vote for their favorite contestants. The total of votes will lead to a ranking order of the finalists. The actual winners will be decided by the Jury at the Live Concert Finale.
Public voting will open on April 4, 2022 and will close on April 20, 2022, 23.59 (CET).