Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb (SJMW) Jazz&Pop

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Date TBA
Bern, Switzerland
Pop, rock & jazz

The competition Jazz, Rock, Pop serves as expansion of the classic competition of the Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb (SJMW) founded in 1975. The foundation aims to support and promote particularly talented young musicians but also young people in general through music. A Foundation Board is responsible for the competition and concentrates particularly on strategic and financial questions. It is advised in artistic and organisational matters by a commission of experts. These two bodies work closely with the office in Winterthur on all tasks related to the foundation. Please feel free to visit the Website of SJMW for more information. The JAZZ&POP competition also informs through its Instagram account @sjmw.jazzpop.



Stiftung Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb


The participants should be aged from 11 to 21 year old, based on average age of band members.
Online-Preselection, Live-Selection and Award-Session.



Every year

Next deadline

TBA December 2022


Online through www.sjmw.ch from the 1st December 2020. The demo recording (audio or video recording) can be uploaded there easily. Please note that the application is complete, when the application fee is paid.

Based on the demo recording the jury will choose which soloists, bands, large ensembles/big bands will take part in the Live-Selection at the Jazzcampus in Zurich (Switzerland).

Application fee:

  • Solo-Act: CHF 60 (1 person)
  • Band: CHF 150 (2-8 persons)
  • Big Band/Large Ensemble: CHF 250 (9-25 persons)


The competition is for young musicians between the age of 11 and 21 of all nationalities who are permanently resident in Switzerland or Liechtenstein, or citizens of Switzerland or Liechtenstein who live abroad.

The competition will be divided in the following categories:

  • Solo-Acts (1 person)
  • Bands (2-8 persons)
  • Large Ensembles/Big Bands (9-25 persons)

All instruments and voice are permitted, also electronic instruments such as samplers, sequencers and so on. There is no compulsory repertoire, however the live-character is important and playback is not allowed. All members of the group have to be musically involved.

For more information click here.


All Acts who pass the Online Pre-Selection are invited to compete at the Come Together national competition in Zurich. Certificates are awarded for participation and for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. There is a wider range of special prices such as Studio Time, Tours and Concerts.


Visit original competition page www.sjmw.ch

Prize winners

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