Mentorship Awards

JRMA was launched in 2005 at the instigation of a private benefactor who recognised a need to support young female jazz musicians at the beginning of their professional careers. The awards are named in honour of the late jazz pianist Jann Rutherford.

The mentorship initiative pairs each talented young jazz instrumentalist with a mentor who will offer support, encouragement, inspiration and advice based on their knowledge, life and experience relative to being a jazz musician. It is hoped that the mentoring relationship will enable the award recipients to gain skills and confidence relevant to their enjoyment of jazz playing, and potentially facilitate their further exploration of new directions and possibilities in the field of jazz.