Mike Stewart Memorial Award

Valued at $10,000, the Mike Stewart Memorial Award will provide an outstanding early career jazz musician with opportunities to help establish themselves as a professional musician.

The Mike Stewart Memorial Award has been established in partnership with Jazz SA to honour the legacy of Adelaide Jazz icon, Mike Stewart. Mike Stewart was an incredibly passionate musician, a fierce advocate for jazz and a dear friend of many in the South Australian jazz community.

Mike’s passion for jazz was infectious and the energy and enthusiasm he brought to the art form inspired a generation of musicians in Adelaide to follow his strong example and follow their dreams in Adelaide, New York City and beyond. He was a unifying figure in the Adelaide jazz community who inspired his peers to live up to his standard of musicianship, ambition and passion. Mike was someone who just made it happen, no matter the obstacles, and inspired others to do the same.

The Mike Stewart award has been created so that other emerging musicians can make their own dreams happen and in turn provide similar inspiration and leadership within the Australian jazz community into the future.

The award is open to final year students and graduates from the Jazz Program at Elder Conservatorium of Music, The University of Adelaide. Applicants must be final year students, or have graduated in the last five years, demonstrate excellence in their work and a rigorous commitment to building a career as a professional jazz artist. An important aspect will be knowledge sharing and recipients will be expected to share their experiences through public forums.

For more information:
Contact Nadia Dolman 7320 3330 / [email protected]

Presented in partnership with JazzSA Inc.



Applications for the 2018 Mike Stewart Memorial Award closed on Friday 21 September.

The recipient will be announced soon.

Previous Mike Stewart Memorial Award winners:
2017 | Chelsea Lee Smart & Alexander Flood 
2016 | Angus Mason