Clarence Jazz Festival

Clarence Jazz Festival will return from February 18-25 2018.

Scholarship Program
Clarence Jazz Festival 2018

The Clarence Jazz Festival is dedicated to supporting and developing young musicians through its annual Scholarship Program.

We encourage players in school and community bands to step forward as soloists, and our program builds the skills and confidence to help you be a feature performer.

Positions are available for 15 to 20 year olds in:
1 x Open Scholarship – for any instrument
1 x Female Instrumentalist Scholarship
1 x Piano Scholarship (Sponsored by Hobart Jazz Club in honour of Ian Pearce OM)

What we offer:
Six months of free tuition specifically in improvisation and performance for 3 emerging young musicians. Tutors are selected for a best fit with scholars. Past tutors have included Alistair Dobson, Tom Vincent and Katy Raucher.

Just before the Festival in February there is a workshop with the CJF Ambassador followed by a rehearsal with a professional band put together to support the 3 scholars. Finally there is a performance in front of a large audience at the Bellerive Boardwalk during the Festival.

Applicants must be available for:         
Tuition – one hour a week during August to February (subject to tutor availability)
Workshop and rehearsal – 18th February 2017 (12 to 4pm)
Performance – 23rd February 2018 (7 to 8 pm) on the Bellerive Boardwalk

The Application form is available here


The Clarence Jazz Festival on Hobart’s eastern shore, is a celebration of live music at waterfront locations taking in stunning views of Mount Wellington, beaches and vineyards.

It brings local, interstate and international artists to play in stunning locations right when the golden days of Tasmania’s mild summer are at their zenith.

2017’s headline acts included Mike Field (Canada), Adelaide’s Lucky Seven, Melbourne’s The Shuffle Club and Kristin Berardi, while a cadre of the best of Tasmanian jazz also took the stage.

A unique touch to the Clarence Jazz Festival is the ambassador program that features well-known jazz performers who bring the concerts together, guest with the musicians on stage and engage with the crowd.

Below is information about 2017’s program. Expressions of Interest will be open in July for 2018’s Festival.

Two Suites: limited edition Collectors Vinyl

featuring jazz suites by the Late Great Ian Pearce AM and 2016 Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra Winner Kelly Ottaway.

Available for purchase at all of the Clarence Jazz Festival events and also via the paypal button below.

Choose between direct pick-up or with postage within Australia

Downloadable Program


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