Contest Procedure

The contest is open for candidates up to 30 years old (born after April 6, 1989). Entries will be accepted in two categories:
"Jazz Vocal" and "Jazz Piano". Jazz artists’ contest "Riga Jazz Stage 2019" will be organized in four rounds:

  • 1st round: Pre-selection
  • 2nd round: Live Performance
  • 3rd round: Finale
  • 4rd round: Gala Concert

Round 1: Pre-selection

Firs step is application, that will be open during the last week of November. Applications can be filled out online by registering at the contest’s website, Each application has to include a short biography, three (3) horizontal photographs, three (3) audio recordings and one (1) video link of the applicant performing, and a passport copy. Upon submitting the application, the applicant has to pay the application fee of EUR 100 (VAT included), or the application will not be selected.

The jury will assess the materials submitted according to the following main criteria:

  • Originality
  • Improvisation & Interpretation
  • Musicality
  • Technique/Articulation

After collating the results, the jury will announce a list of contestants to perform in the semifinals, who will be invited to Riga to participate in Live Performance concert on April 4, 2019. Each contestant will be individually informed about advancing to the contest’s semifinals, after which the information will be posted on the contest’s official website

Round 2: Live Performance

Each contestant who is invited to participate in the Live Performance in Riga will present one (1) composition of his or her choice (max. 5 minutes). The organizers will provide the semifinalists with a professional accompanying band (piano, drums, bass, guitar). Based on the jury’s decision, 12 contestants will be selected who will advance to the 3rd round Finale.  

Round 3: Finale

12 contestants will perform in the Finale – six (6) in each category (subject to change), who will compete for the awards on April 5, 2019. In the Finale, each contestant will perform two (2) compositions (time limit 7 min.) that were not performed in the previous round.

The winners will be awarded during the Gala Concert, which will take place on the main stage of the Splendid Palace theater on April 6, 2019.


The judging panel comprised of international world-class music industry experts – producers, festival directors and organizers, musicians, and journalists.