The winner of the first Jazzfest-Bonn-Förderpreis is certain: The singer Veronika Morscher receives the first prize. The prize was presented at the closing concert of the 10th Jazzfest Bonn by the patron of the festival, Lord Mayor Ashok Sridharan, and the artistic director Peter Materna (photo).
The Austrian musician Veronika Morscher, who could be experienced with the Band Of Cabbages And Kings in the program of this year’s Jazzfest Bonn, convinced the jury with her artistic ideas and a conclusive concept. Jury member Ralf Dombrowski: “Veronika Morscher approaches her projects with idiosyncratic creative ideas and powerful musicality. The other two jury members, journalists Sebastian Scotney and Anja Buchmann, were also convinced of the “expressive potential” of the 27-year-old. “It’s clear to me that I want to hear more from this singer, soon, please,” writes Scotney.
The prize consists of a one-off cash prize in the form of a production cost subsidy of 1,500 euros and a work scholarship of 500 euros per month for three months, which is intended to provide the musician with basic financing.
The festival is now awarding this prize annually to particularly talented young musicians in the field of creative jazz music. Germany has a large number of very well-trained young female jazz musicians* whose working and performing conditions are still poor: Hardly any jazz musician can make a living with income from concerts and other creative activities in the jazz field. Jazzfest Bonn would like to make a supporting contribution here.