Gift of Jazz Scholarships

The Gift of Jazz announces


two awards for  music students


with an eye on a career in jazz…


The Gift of Jazz, a Denver-based nonprofit since 1995, has endeavored to enrich the Front Range   community with jazz education programming and performance opportunities. In this way we support the future of this great art form.

To further this mission, we proudly announce two opportunities for students of jazz, the intentions of which are to support the musical growth of students committed to pursuing a career in jazz performance or composition. The Gift of Jazz Scholarship Program is now two-fold, with each program designed to meet specific goals and needs of the student who aspires to an eventual career as a jazz musician.


Award One:

This award is designed to provide educational funding of up to $1,500 for the aspiring high school or college jazz musician with plans to pursue a career as a musician. Criteria are as follows:

  • Accepted enrollment in established extracurricular music program*
  • Full-time student majoring in music with an emphasis in jazz
  • Maintaining overall 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Submission of an audition tape
  • Three letters of reference,including one from the student’s music instructor
  • Fully completed/signed Gift of Jazz Scholarship Application Form (available below). Download, complete and mail/e-mail to address designated on the application, along with letters of reference, and audition tape or URL for access to same online.
  • Deadline: Application postmarked no later than February 28. Award announced in May.

*Qualifying extracurricular programs include, but are not limited to: summer jazz camps and Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (CCJA) programs.

 Award Two:

This award provides a student with fully paid tuition for The Gift of Jazz Teen-Adult classes. Included are three 8-week class sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring; a $150 value per session), held  on Saturdays in a given academic year. Criteria are as follows:

  • Enrollment in a Front Range public high school, with an overall 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Fully completed/signed Gift of Jazz Scholarship Application form (available below). Download, sign, and mail to address designated on the application form.
  • Include a statement establishing need
  • Three letters of reference (one music related)
  • Commitment to an end-of-class public performance demonstrating class accomplishments following each session (consistent with the current student graduation performance requirements established for all Gift of Jazz class enrollees).
  • Deadline: Application postmarked no later than May 31, along with statement of need and letters of reference. Award announced in mid-June for Fall programs beginning September.

Fine Print:

By submitting an application, the applicant grants Gift of Jazz permission to use the applicant’s name, school, and photo in marketing platforms. This can include, but is not limited to, the Gift of Jazz website, social media accounts and press releases.

Gift of Jazz Scholarship Application

With your support, we will present an annual award to two deserving musicians to help further their jazz careers and the future of this great music.