The Swiss Jazz Award is presented annually to a Swiss jazz formation that has enjoyed particular success or recorded a major achievement on the Swiss jazz scene.
The nomination is made on the basis of a popularity scale. The jazz formations that have received the best feedback from Radio Swiss Jazz listeners over the previous 12 months are nominated for the award. The winner is then selected in an online poll at www.swissjazzaward.ch.
The first part of the selection will be last from 7 January to 28 February 2013, the second part with the 3 finalists from 4 March to 22 June 2013, until 20:30.
In 2011, a live voting was added which allows visitors at the JazzAscona Festival, this year on the 22nd of June 2013 from 20:30 to 22:30, to influence the outcome by attending a contest among the nominated bands.
In 2013 for the first time there will be also a professional jury at the live contest.
The organisers make every effort to avoid technical errors or abuses. They nonetheless reserve the right to cancel the vote early if manipulation is suspected, or to exclude nominees from further voting. No correspondence will be entered into with regard to the nomination terms, selection process and prize award.
Basel, January 2013