Application Information for the Newport Jazz Festival Workshop


Requirements

To be considered for the 2020 Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival, applicants must:

  1. be at least 15 years of age at the start of the program; and
  2. be a passionate music student who meets one of the following criteria:
    • Currently enrolled in grades nine, 10, or 11 (U.S. students)
    • Currently enrolled in grade 12 (U.S. students) and a confirmed applicant to Berklee College of Music as an entering fall 2020 freshman undergraduate student
    • Currently enrolled in secondary school (international students) and age 15–19 by the start of the program
    • Currently enrolled in secondary or postsecondary school (international students) and a confirmed applicant to Berklee College of Music as an entering fall 2020 freshman undergraduate student
Candidates selected for this five-day intensive jazz program will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship that also covers the housing costs at the Salve Regina University campus.

Timeline

  • The scholarship submission deadline is March 1, 2020.
  • Decisions will be issued by April 8, 2020.
  • Late submissions (those received after March 1, 2020) will be accepted on a rolling basis based on available space. 

How to Apply

  • Apply to attend the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival. When applying, you must select "Berklee Boston Summer Programs" as the application type. 
  • Include three links to YouTube video performances in contrasting styles, showcasing musical skills and improvisation.
  • Accompaniment is required for the three performance videos. Performing with a band is strongly suggested but a play-along track is acceptable. If you choose to use a play-along track, it must not contain your instrument on the track.
  • Include a short essay highlighting your musical and academic achievements (1,500 characters or fewer).

Video Recording Performance Submission Guidelines

  • Sound quality is important and the featured musician must be clearly audible (video quality is not a factor).
  • Videos can be home, live, or studio recordings.
  • Each video should be between three and five minutes in length.
  • Recordings of the performances should be recent (within the last year).
  • Editing or overdubbing your performance in any way is not permissible.

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