Borneo Jazz Talent Search 2022 Goes Nationwide

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Kuching, 1st April 2022 – Borneo Jazz Festival 2022 (16th Edition) announces a Nationwide Borneo Jazz Talent Search, providing a unique opportunity for aspiring musicians between the ages of 15 – 30 years from all over Malaysia, Brunei and Kalimantan to participate, with categories for Jazz and DJ.

Winners of Borneo Jazz Talent Search 2022 will not only win cash prizes, but the opportunity to attend a MasterClass by an international band on June 24 in Miri, Sarawak, and to perform on Borneo Jazz Festival Stage on June 25, 2022.

The Borneo Jazz Talent Search Call For Entry will commence prior to the festival on 1 April, with submission deadline on 15 May 2022.

There will be four prizes awarded – “1st Prize”, “2nd Prize”, “3rd Prize” and “Best Original Composition” with cash prizes worth more than RM 10,000 to be given away.

A jury panel comprising of renowned international and Malaysian artists will evaluate participants based on originality, creativity, musicality, stage presence and interactivity.

Interested groups must submit a high-quality performance video of required repertoire and duration, written solo artist / band profile and a high-resolution photo on or before April 30th. Successful participants will be informed via email.





  1. Entries open to all aspiring musicians from Malaysia, aged between 18 and 30 years old.
  2. Submit high quality YouTube video link / p4 of your solo / band performance of:
  3. ONE original composition
  4. ONE jazz standard ‘Stella by Starlight’
  • ONE funky standard ‘Get On Up’ by James Brown OR bossa-nova standard ‘Corcovado’ by Antonio Carlos Jobim. (Band performance duration should not exceed 15 minutes)
  1. Upload a high-quality video of your band performance on YouTube entitled “BJTS2022 – Artist name”
  2. Email below information to: [email protected] no later than 5pm, 30/04/2022:
  3. Soundcloud link.
  4. Band Profile
  • 1 or more productions
  1. Hi-res photo



The Borneo Jazz Festival stands in the tradition of improvised music. It all started in the 20’s of the last century. Blues and Ragtime evolved into Jazz, and Jazz merged into Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Soul, Pop, Disco, Dance and so on. As the mother of all modern music, Jazz is important as an inspiration for creating new music.

Contestants are encouraged to explore genres of Blues, RnB, Jazz & World music in deciding the repertoire. We would like to see the contestants showing knowledge of the history of music in general and more specific jazz (as we are a jazz festival).



  1. Open to all aspiring DJs from Malaysia aged between 18 – 30 years old.
  2. 1 original composition (duration of composition should not exceed 15mins)
  3. 1 production of a 15-mins mixtape and must include an accurate set list.
  4. Upload track on to Soundcloud entitled “BJTS2022 – Artist name”
  5. Email below information to: [email protected] no later than 5pm, 30/04/2022.
  6. Soundcloud link.
  7. Band Profile
  • 1 or more productions
  1. Hi-res photo



  1. Eligibility – By entering, entrants accept and acknowledge that they will be competing against eligible entries received. Eligible Contest entrants are individuals between age of fifteen (15) and thirty (30) years. All references to “you” shall also be deemed references to “entrants” under these Rules.
  2. Submission Materials – By entering, entrants agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges.
  3. Our Right to Use Your Work and Information about You
  4. Submission Materials become the property of Organiser and will not be acknowledged or returned.
  • You hereby hold Organiser harmless from and against any third-party claim arising from use of the Submission Materials. You waive any right to privacy. You waive any right to inspect or approve uses of the Submission Materials or to be compensated for any such uses.
  1. By providing Submission Materials in connection with this Contest, you grant to Organiser and its affiliated companies, the right, except where prohibited by law, to use your name, likeness, picture, address (city and state), e-mail address, voice, biographical information, Submission Materials, entry form information and written and oral statements, for advertising and promotional purposes in promoting or publicizing the Submission Materials, Organiser and its products and services, without compensation unless required by law.
  1. Selection of Winner / Prizes.
  2. On May 22, 2022, Organiser will select Three (3) Prize Winners + One (1) Special Prize. The Prize Winners shall be the four (4) eligible entries deemed by the Organiser. Organiser reserves the right to modify the Submission Period and Prize Winner’s prizing in the event that an insufficient number of eligible entries which meet the judging criteria are received during the Contest Period.
  3. Four (4) Prize Winners will receive:
    1. Cash prizes according to categories.
    2. All prize winners get a Master Class with an international headlining band on June 24 (Festival Day 1), performance set on June 25 (Festival Day 2) at Borneo Jazz Festival Seahorse Stage. Stage and set duration will be at the sole discretion of the Organiser.
  • Prizes are non-transferable. No substitution or other form of redemption. Prizes may not be sold, bartered or transferred. Prizes do not include any additional expenses, including, but not limited to transportation, accomodation, meals, additional expenses associated with the prize event, which are the responsibility of the Winner. No more than the advertised number of prizes will be awarded. The Winner must have and maintain valid international passport endorsed with expiry dates no less than six (6) months following the proposed dates of travel. Organiser is not responsible for ensuring your ability to travel to your destination nor for any additional costs incurred should you be refused entry.
  1. By accepting the prize, Winner releases and discharges Organiser, its affiliated companies and the respective parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies of each, and all their respective employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents from any liability or damage due in whole or in part to the award, acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize or from participation in this Contest.
  2. If, for reasons beyond the control of Organiser (including, but not limited to, tampering or computer virus infection), the Contest is not capable of running as originally planned, Organiser, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest, without liability. If a sufficient number of eligible entries (as determined by Organiser in its sole discretion) are not received by the end of the Entry Period, Organiser reserves the right not to award any or all prizes.
  1. Use of Data – Organiser may collect personal data about entrants in accordance with its privacy policy. By entering the Contest, each entrant consents to the collection, use and distribution of his/her personal information (information that identifies an entrant as an individual, such as, but not limited to, home telephone number, age and home address) by Organiser for the purposes of implementing, administering and fulfilling the Contest.


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