Cities and cities in partnership with a nongovernmental organization in UNESCO Member States and Associate Members can apply.
International Jazz Day, proclaimed by UNESCO’s General Conference in 2011, is a global celebration of jazz music held annually on 30 April. It aims to raise awareness on the role of jazz as an educational tool and as a force for creativity, dialogue and intercultural exchange, and highlights how jazz:
Following the Call for Applications, an Advisory Committee evaluates the eligible applications, identifies the top two candidates and, after a site visit to the top two candidates, makes a recommendation to the UNESCO Director-General. The final decision lies with the Director-General of UNESCO who designates the Global Host City.
The designated Global Host City will take responsibility for the organization and all costs of the Programme of Activities, under the supervision of and in close cooperation with UNESCO and UNESCO’s partner, the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that oversees the overall planning, production and coordination of the Programme of Activities.
The Programme of Activities consists of two parts: the Educational and Outreach Programme and the All-Star Global Concert (see Technical Requirements for the Programme of Activities in the Annex).
The Educational and Outreach Programme includes master classes, lectures, performances and panel discussions, with local, national and regional schools, universities, institutions and community organizations. The outreach extends to community service programmes targeting vulnerable populations including the elderly, the critically ill, the disabled and the homeless, among others. The aim is to celebrate and share widely the messages and values of International Jazz Day with the general public.
The All-Star Global Concert brings together a stellar line-up of international jazz artists for a performance that spans styles, cultures and languages. In the spirit of International Jazz Day, it takes place in a landmark venue with rich historical significance to both the Global Host City and the hosting nation.
All components of the Programme of Activities (All-Star Global Concert and Educatonal and Outreach Programme) must be fully open to the public and free of charge. Merchandise items (t-shirts, posters, etc.) may not be sold and must be provided free of charge to participants, volunteers and the general public. All costs for the Programme of Activities must be fully covered through contributions from local and national government as well as public and private sector sponsors.