Voting for the 2016 Australian Jazz Bell Awards – the only awards in Australia to acknowledge excellence specifically for jazz performance, creativity and presentation, is now open, closing at midnight on 2 May.   

A new initiative sees the award judging open to all jazz enthusiasts. Anyone wanting to vote must be or must become a member of the (not for profit) Australian Jazz Academy to have their chance to influence the outcome across the eight Award categories.

Celebrating its 13th year in 2016, the Awards recognise the exceptional talent of the Australian jazz community and are widely regarded as the Australian jazz industry’s most respected and highly anticipated awards.

The Bells, named in honour of one of the greats in Australian jazz – the late Graeme Bell, MBE AO – feature new award categories in 2016 and a prize pool of $40,000.  Each category title in this year’s Awards rewards the winner (or collective winners) with $5000 prize money.

  • Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album
  • Best Instrumental Jazz Album
  • Best Produced Album
  • Best Australian Jazz Song/Composition of the Year
  • Best Australian Small Jazz Band (Up to 6 members)
  • Best Australian Jazz Ensemble
  • Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year (For musicians up to and including 25 years of age)
  • Graeme Bell Hall of Fame (Recognising outstanding artistic achievement and contribution to Australian jazz by a living artist)

Australian Jazz Bell Awards Limited was founded by prominent jazz musician Albert Dadon AM, who led the inaugural Australian Jazz Bell Awards in 2003.  “The prestigious Australian Jazz Bell Awards honour the jazz art form in Australia, recognising the achievements of young, upcoming and established Australian jazz performers and composers,” Mr Dadon said.

See www.australianjazzacademy.org.au for more details on membership and voting guidelines.