2MBS FineMusic Sydney is committed to promoting Australian musicians and composers, with a focus on the young.
Ken Weatherley Jazz Scholarship
A bequest from former jazz presenter Ken Weatherley has allowed 2MBS FineMusic to create the Ken Weatherley Jazz Scholarship. This annual scholarship assists young outstanding Australian jazz musicians to further their careers, providing cash, recording services and marketing support. More details are available on the Ken Weatherley Jazz Scholarship page
2023 Weatherley scholar is tenor saxophonist and composer Chris O’Dea.
2021 Weatherley scholar was jazz singer and composer Kate Wadey.
Stefan Kruger Scholarship
Prior to the Ken Weatherley Jazz Scholarship, jazz musicians competed for awards with musicians from all genres. In 2018, jazz pianist and singer, Francis Madden was awarded the Kruger Scholarship. Meet Francis.
2MBS FineMusic Sydney has always encouraged local music and musicians. Our Artist-In-Residence support program is open to professional and established musical groups (2 or more members) from the Classical, Contemporary and Jazz genres, who reside in the Sydney region. We support new work and collaborations.
2023 Jazz Artists-In-Residence is Zodiac, recently off the Conservatorium jazz campus: Jordan Chung (piano), Hinano Fujisaki (saxophone), Matt Ling (Double Bass) and Manson Luk (drums). Meet Zodiac.
2020 jazz Artist-In-Residence was States of Chaos, with pianist Casey Golden, bassist Bill Williams, and drummer Ed Rodrigues.
2MBS FineMusic Sydney’s goal of promoting young Australian musicians comes to life every Saturday evening at 7:00pm with Emergent Jazz. The program is focussed on the emerging musicians from Sydney’s jazz campuses at the UNSW and the Sydney Conservatorium and recent alumni. The program also plays jazz from other campuses, along with recent Australian and international jazz releases. Playlists and listen-back OnDemand are available at Emergent Jazz.
FineJazz School Jazz Combo Competition
To foster continuing jazz education, 2MBS FineMusic Sydney has held annual School Jazz Combo competitions. Small jazz combos from selected high schools are invited to a recording session that is blind adjudicated by recognised jazz musicians and broadcasters. The final three are invited to perform live-to-air on a special Sunday event, again adjudicated invited jazz musicians.