BMW Welt Jazz Award 2016
The featured musicians come from the US, Israel, Switzerland, Italy and Germany.
The BMW Welt Jazz Award will enter its eighth season in January 2016. Following the motto “Inspired by Legends”, six outstanding international ensembles will be presented at the double-coned structure of BMW Welt in a total of six free Sunday matinees between January and March 2016. The featured musicians come from the US, Israel, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. In addition, this new season will see the inauguration of the BMW Welt Young Artist Jazz Award, presented as a collaboration of BMW and the city of Munich. The final concert and competition for the BMW Welt Jazz Award’s prize money totalling 15,000 Euro will take place on May 7, 2016 at the auditorium of BMW Welt.
This year’s motto will focus on the influence of outstanding personalities. In their innovative live performances, the participating artists will give a taste of how various inspirations from disciplines other than jazz can be interpreted. After the sixth and last matinee, a panel of expert jurors will nominate two of the participating ensembles to perform the final concert at the auditorium on May 7, 2016. In addition to a prize of 10,000 Euro, the winner will receive a trophy designed specially by BMW Design; the runner-up will receive 5,000 Euro. The ensemble with the best combined average of all concerts will receive the audience award which includes an appearance at the Jazz Classica Festival 2016 at resort Schloss Elmau.
Maximilian Schöberl, Senior Vice President, Corporate and Governmental Affairs, BMW Group, said, “In its eighth season, the BMW Welt Jazz Award is looking back on a great tradition while being oriented towards the future. For more than forty years, BMW Group has been a consistent partner of hundreds of cultural initiatives. We want to continue to inspire all visitors. An initiative which has established itself across the country would not be possible without the engagement of our international ensembles and our panel of expert jurors.”
For the very first time, this coming season will see the inauguration of the BMW Welt Young Artist Award, presented in cooperation with the city of Munich. “As mayor of the city of Munich, I am delighted that starting this year, BMW Group will expand its BMW Welt Jazz Award by adding a special advancement award for Munich’s up-and-coming-jazz musicians. It is yet another reminder of how great a value this company places on its social responsibility and its long-term commitment to promoting culture,” added Dieter Reiter.