The JASS Music Scholarship is a specialised merit-based scholarship in a Bachelor's/Master's degree in Jazz Studies. It is designed to nurture talented young musicians with a passion for jazz music, promote excellence in jazz performance and composition as an art form and develop leaders in the jazz arts landscape. 


JASS aims to award up to 2 scholarships in Jazz Studies (Performance or Composition/Arrangement) annually. The International Scholarship is up to S$30,000 per academic year and the Local Scholarship is up to $10,000 per academic year.


1 FEB - 15 MARCH 2021


Shortlisted applicants will be notified by April 2021. 


Applications must reach JASS by Monday 15 March 2021, 6pm. 

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


Auditions via Dropbox link or in an unlisted YouTube video format of up to 10 minutes, to be submitted by Monday 15 March 2021, 6pm. Candidates shortlisted for the second round of assessment will be informed by April 2021.


(for short-listed candidates):

Zoom or in-person interviews will be conducted in April 2021 and reviewed by a panel if required. 


  • Applicants must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents. 

  • Applicants must possess GCE "A" Level, Diploma (Polytechnic or Music Diploma, Licentiate or Fellowship Diploma), International Baccalaureate or equivalent, or have gained admission/ are eligible for admission into first-year full-time undergraduate/ postgraduate studies for the AY2020/ AY2021 intake. 

  • The scholarships are also open to undergraduates/ postgraduates currently enrolled in a Bachelor's/ Master's degree programme in Jazz Studies (Performance or Composition/Arrangement). 



  • Undergraduates or prospective undergraduates with good academic and CCA records. 

  • Outstanding track record or relevant experience in music studies with participation and/ or achievements in external activities. 


  • High level of maturity, exceptional personal vision, drive and leadership qualities. 

  • For male Singapore citizens or PRs, applicants must have completed National  Service. 

  • Applicants must be proficient jazz musicians with a working knowledge of music theory, a competent ability on their chosen instrument, and a good level of jazz improvisation.


  • Recipients of the JASS Scholarship need to fulfil a service commitment of a specific duration in the jazz music sector upon graduation. 

  • Recipients can fulfil their service commitment by conducting 2 full-day workshops within a year, to be completed within 2 years upon graduation. Alternatives to the 2 full-day workshops are possible with mutual agreement between JASS and the scholarship recipients.


  • Recipients will need to confirm their service commitment plans with JASS 6 months before graduation. 



  • The scholarships do not cover miscellaneous fees and student insurance. 


  • Disbursement of scholarship funds will be divided into equal amounts for each semester and credited into the recipient’s account. The recipient is liable for any remaining fees payable. 


  • Scholarship funds must be used for the period for which they were awarded, and no amount of the scholarship may be carried forward. Successful applicants must pursue the course faithfully and sit for all prescribed assessments/ examinations. 


  • The recipient must maintain a strong academic performance for each level of study in order to be considered for subsequent years of scholarship, subject to a maximum of 3 years or the minimum duration required to complete the course, whichever is shorter.


  • JASS reserves the right to review, withdraw, or suspend at any time any scholarship in full or partially, if any of the conditions are not met. JASS’ decision on any award and its value is final. JASS will not enter into any correspondence on the reasons for the decision. 


By Online Form:

  • Applicants will need to log-in to their Gmail (i.e. Google Mail) account to use the online form. 
    - If you do not have a Gmail account yet, you can simply create one here

Useful Tips:

  • The online form application process does not support the saving of drafts. So please click here for a form preview so you can better prepare before you apply. 

  • Supporting documents will need to be submitted through the online form. So it will be best to have them ready beforehand.


  • We will send an email to acknowledge your application within 5 working days. 

Supporting Documents

Submission and Collection of Supporting Documents and Materials

  • Applications without complete supporting documents will not be considered for the JASS Music Scholarship (refer to Appendix A: Submission Checklist)

  • Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all components of the Scholarship application are received by JASS before the application deadline. 

  • All materials and documents submitted will not be returned. Applicants are to make a copy of their application for their retention and record by checking the box at the end of the online form. (TO CHECK ON THIS AND UPDATE) 

  • All information provided must be complete and true at the time of submission, and all subsequent requests for additional information by JASS for the processing of the scholarship application should be promptly attended to. 

  • Certified true copies of all transcripts and certificates submitted will be required of successful applicants.




A personal statement needs to clearly articulate the following:


  • How do you see yourself contributing to Singapore’s and the international jazz scene in 10 years’ time? Please include your vision of the Singapore jazz music landscape and your personal and career goals, both short-term and long-term. 

  • How will a degree in Jazz Studies add value to your current experience and knowledge of your artistic practice or profession as a jazz musician, and help fulfil your personal and career goals? 

  • Besides financial support, how else can the JASS scholarship help you achieve your aspirations? 

  • How do you intend to utilise your degree in Jazz Studies as a means for social change or to make a difference in people’s lives?

  • Who are your role models and why? 


  • A printed copy of the letter of admission to the institution where the proposed course of study is to be undertaken. If you have listed more than one option, please provide the letters of admission to all institution listed.

  • If you are awaiting admission, you may submit proof of application (eg a printed copy of email confirmation of your application). However, you must submit proof of admission if you are successfully selected to be awarded the JASS Music Scholarship. In the event where the institution of your choice has yet to open for applications at the time of the JASS scholarship submission, please submit documented proof (eg. email from the institution).  


  • Confidential references from 2 referees. Referees must be familiar with your experience and achievements in the arts, and must not be your immediate family members. 

  • As this is a confidential reference, your referees should seal and sign on the envelope tabs before handing it to you for submission with the rest of your supporting documents. Please ensure that the envelope remains sealed and is not tampered with. Only sealed reference letters will be accepted for consideration. 

  • Please ensure that your referee includes their contact details (email and/ or mobile number) in the event that JASS needs to contact them for further information concerning your application.


  • If you are specialising in jazz music performance, please submit a compilation of your works via Dropbox link or in an unlisted YouTube video format of up to 10 minutes. The compilation must feature your best works, recent works and may include unedited “live” footage from a performance or rehearsal. You must be clearly identified in the video.

  • Please avoid submitting group performances where your performance is not distinct.

  • If you are specialising in jazz music composition, please submit a compilation of works via Dropbox link or an unlisted YouTube video link of up to 10 minutes in duration. The compilation must feature your best works and recent works of significant excerpts and styles. The footage must be accompanied by respective music scores. Please provide 2 copies of all music score sheets for submission with the rest of your supporting documents. 

  • All videos must be supplemented by accompanying notes including: 

    1. The title of work and event, start-end timing of video in mm:ss format 

    2. Your role in the production/ project; 

    3. Names of performers involved other than yourself; 

    4. Date and venue of event; 

    5. Instruments used and timings of each segment of work to be reviewed by the panel.

For any further enquiries or assistance regarding the JASS Music Scholarship, please email info@jazzassociation.sg or call +65 6741 0337 during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm). 


Tel: +65 6741 0337


Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm


Jazz Association (Singapore) (JASS)

A Charity Registered in Singapore (UEN 201626167G)

IPC Status Effective Period: 23 Nov 2018 - 22 May 2021

Office Address: 180 Paya Lebar Road, #11-04E

Yi Guang Building, Singapore 409032

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