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.

Sarah Evans – bass (top): mentor Zoe Hauptmann

Anna Leckie – tenor sax (lc): mentor Sandy Evans

Madeleine Novarina – alto sax (bottom): mentor Gai Bryant

Heather Prowse – trumpet (rc): mentor Alex Silver