Corendon International Big Band Competion
23rd edition, Saturday the 25th of May 2019

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The registration period is now open for the Corendon International Big Band Competition 2019. Below you will find all the information about the competition and registration procedure.

The IBBC gives the better amateur big bands from the Netherlands and outlying countries a stage where they can measure themselves to an international standard. It is assumed that the orchestras consist of the standard big band instrumentation, (with or without vocalist) but this is not a requirement for applying. For many years now, youth bands have also held an important place in the competition.

Number of Big Bands and Performance Time
After the application round, a selection committee selects the best twenty orchestras. These bands are categorised into the Top Class (five bands) and the First Class (fifteen bands). The competition is held on four stages, one for the Top Class, and three for the First Class. During the afternoon session, which begins around 12:00, every band will perform for forty minutes. At the evening finale, out of the five bands, two will be selected from the Top Class, and one per stage will be selected from the First Class. In the finale every band wiil  be performing for thirty minutes, wherein it is expected that a different repertoire be featured than the repertoire that was performed in the afternoon session. The competition ends around 11:30pm with the announcement of the winners and the awarding of the prizes.

The Jury
The jury is composed of renowned jazz musicians and orchestra leaders, and is headed by an internationally acclaimed jazz professional. The name of the jury chairman will be divulged at a later date via the Meer Jazz website. The jury team consists of 8 members of who are dispersed two per each of the four stages. In the week after the competition, the jury sends each band a comprehensive and personal report on their performance.

The Prize Money
The bands that are selected for the finale, compete for the following prizes:

  • Top Class, First Prize
    The sum of €3,500
    The Dik Trom “Wisseltrofee” (changes hands every year)

  • Top Class, Second Prize
    The sum of €2,000

  • First Class, First Prize
    The sum of €2,000

  • First Class, Second Prize
    The sum of €1,000

  • First Class, Third Prize
    The sum of €600

  • Prize for the best soloists
    A soloist prize of €400 will be awarded for a distinguished solo performance at each of the four first round stages.
    In the final rounds, a ticket for the Keep An Eye Summer Jazz Workshop of the Conservatory of Amsterdam will be provided to a young, promising wood or brass player. This comprises an entrance ticket and is not redeemable for cash. 

Repertoiry and Instrumentation
Bands are completely free in the choice of performance repertory. Traditional as well as modern bands are welcome. By bigband we consider a group with a minimum of eleven wind players. Further instrumental additions (strings, turntables etc.) are allowed.

Travel Costs Compensation
All participating bigbands receive compensation for travel expenses according to thefollowing table:

  • Travel distance < 300 km: €280 + €1.60 per km
  • Travel distance between 300 and 1000 km: €760 + €0.30 per km
  • Travel distance > 1000 km: €1060

All kilometer distances in the calculation are one way road distances from the home of the band to the festival grounds in Hoofddorp.

Example: A participating big band comes from Tilburg.
The distance Tilburg – Hoofddorp is 124 km, making the band fit in the first category (<300km).The band receives €280.00 + 124 x €1.60 = €478.40 compensation.

Offer for an overnight stay in Hoofddorp
For the orchestras who wish to stay over in Hoofddorp, we’ve arranged a special deal with the four star Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, which is within walking distance to the festival grounds. The Novotel offers rooms, including breakfast, for the special price of €85.95 for a two person room, or €75.14 for a single bed room (including all taxes). These rooms are offered in accordance to availability, with a final booking date being 13 April 2019. If your band is interested in this deal, please contact

Application Procedure
Your application for the Corendon International Big Band Competition 2019 should please be received at the latest by the upcoming on the 10th of December. For this we expect good quality audio or video material (weblinks are permitted) from within the last two years and a recent biography of the band. An expert committee selects the participating bands. In February of 2019 the results of the selection committee are sent to all applicants. The chosen participating bands will be announced per newsletter and per general PR channels.

In case your band is selected, you are required to send, for use on our website, at least two high resolution photographs of your band  before the 1st of March 2019.

Your application can be sent via the following two ways:
By mail: Stichting Meer Jazz, (c/o “Application IBBC”), Postbus 579, 2130 AN HOOFDDORP, THE NETHERLANDS
By e-mail:

International Collaboration
As an international oriented music event, the IBBC is always interested in the possibility of collaborating with like-minded organizations within and outside of the Netherlands. Herein we think of examples such as project exchanges or touring events with affiliations to the competition. If you have ideas or suggestions, feel free to contact us via the above mentioned means.

In Conclusion
Our main sponsor, the Corendon Foundation is an independent foundation that through support of charities and projects offers a connective and supportive roll in many countries worldwide. For more information about the Corendon Foundation’s vision and supporting projects please visit

More information about the IBBC and the TAKE OFF Music Event can be found on
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