Annual Jazz Awards

Each year the Helpmann Academy Jazz Awards are held to honour and celebrate outstanding musicians – both graduates and final year students – from the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music.

In 2021 eight emerging jazz musicians were presented with $27,500 in awards at A Night of Jazz with Harry James Angus. The emerging musicians took to the stage with trumpet firebrand Harry James Angus (of Cat Empire fame) for a thrilling improvisational and collaborative hour long set.

Awards included:

  • Helpmann Academy’s Langley Award for Jazz
  • Helpmann Academy Top Honours Award
  • Helpmann Academy Top Undergraduate Award
  • Helpmann Academy Award for Outstanding Vocalist
  • Helpmann Academy Award for Outstanding Drummer
  • Helpmann Academy Award for Outstanding Bassist
  • Helpmann Academy Award for Outstanding Trombonist
  • Helpmann Academy Award for Outstanding Trumpet Player

The awards are made possible through the generous support of a number of private donors and corporate partners.

“The Helpmann Academy Jazz Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the next generation of South Australian jazz talent, while also providing essential funds for them to advance their creative career.”

Jane MacFarlane
CEO