Bansko Jazz Academy 3rd edition August 3-10, 2024

Established in 2022, Academy helps young musicians develop their talents through invaluable lessons in musicianship. Every day, specially selected mentors from Bulgaria, as well as guest mentors - participants from the main stage place various accents in performing arts, and work out the overall professional development of the participants. The parallel concerts on the "Young Talents" stage in the morning and "Jazz in the City" in the afternoon bring the learning to a real environment in direct contact with the audience. 
In 2023, the Association of Festivals attracts permanent mentors to the Academy - Brazz Association, an organization actively working in the field of formal and informal education in musical arts, with a focus on brass instruments. The interest in the lecturers Mihail Yossifov – trumpet and Velislav Stoyanov – trombone, one of the most actively working brass musicians on the native stage, and the opportunity to gain experience from them, attracted a record number of participants to the academy. With the direction of development set in this way, the 2024 edition of Bansko Jazz Academy is fully entrusted to Brazz Association . 

Academy includes

  • 7 days | 4 workshops per day - with prominent Bulgarian mentors and with international stars from the main stage
  • Performance on "Young talents" stage
  • Performance on "Jazz in the city" stage
  • Performance in partner hotel


August 3-10, 2024


    Bansko, Bulgaria

    Who can apply?

    Young musicians - from duo to sextet, both singers and instrumentalists.


    Each band wishing to participate in the academy must submit an application form (download) to

    Application dead-line

    March 1, 2024

    Results announcement

    March 1, 2024

    What application form includes?

    • Short bio of the band / project
    • Short bio of band members
    • Video (pls provide active links)
    • 2-3 photos (high resolution)

    Please be sure that the reference materials are corresponding to the project and team you will be participating with. в академията. No need of professional videos.

    Bulgarian mentors

    Михаил Йосифов Снимка:Евгени Димитров
    Mihail Yossifov Trumpet
    Велислав Стоянов Снимка:Евгени Димитров
    Velislav Stoyanov Trombone
    Милен Кукошаров Снимка:Димитър Алексов
    Milen Kukosharov Piano
    Павлета Семова Снимка:Анна Стоева
    Pavleta Semova Vocal
    Марина Василева Снимка:Евгени Димитров
    Marina Vasileva Music business

    What do we provide?

    • FREE participation in master classes and workshops.
    • Performance on "Young talents" stage
    • Performance on "Jazz in the city" stage
    • Professional sound and backline
    • FREE accommodation

    What do we expect?

    • Mandatory attendance at the master classes and workshops included in the academy.
    • One concert (60 - 90 minutes) on the "Young Talents" stage.
    • Two performances ( 50-60 minutes) at the "Jazz in the city" points.
    • One performance in partner hotel

    Approved candidates will be invited to participate after the selection process is complete.

    You will receive master classes schedule after confirmation of your participation.

    Application dead-line March 1, 2024
    Indicative deadline for announcing the selection results: March 11, 2024.

    Bansko Jazz Academy 2024 is organized by the Brazz Association, within the International Bansko Jazz Festival, with the financial support of Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria and with the logistical support of Association Festivals in Bulgaria.