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Festival Rules



These rules and regulations of the children's and youth jazz music festival-competition "JAZZ fontanas" (hereinafter referred to as "Regulations") have changed and been improved based on experience.


The Lithuanian children's and youth jazz music festival-competition "JAZZ fontanas" took place for the first time in 2002. The festival-competition, held this year for the 22nd time, is known as the oldest children's and youth jazz project in Lithuania. The author of his idea is the creator of jazz music, manager of jazz music projects, performer Rimantas Juozas Bagdonas (1952–2019). He is also the author of the festival-competition slogan.


During the entire life of the project, more than one and a half thousand performers participated in the festival-competition, for whom it became a solid stepping stone to bigger stages and life activities (Grand Prix laureates:


The authors of the logo of the Lithuanian children's and youth jazz music festival-competition "JAZZ fontanas" are artists Gintaras Grigas and Rita Kosmauskienė.


The author of the grand prize of the festival-competition (Grand Prix) is the artist and glazier Remigijus Kriukas.


Regulations are the main document that guides the organization of the festival-competition and the resolution of issues related to it. If a problematic situation arises that is not provided for in the Regulations, it is resolved by the organizers by later improving the main document.


2024 competition-festival format


1. Performances of the participants will take place in a mixed way:


1.1. The competing entries are performed live (priority). Participants who cannot attend for objective reasons send the program in video format, other participants of the competition will be able to see their recordings on the YouTube platform.


1.2. Performers only appear at the time slot for their age group.


Important! The organizers of the festival-competition reserve the right to suspend registration for the chosen age group of the participants, taking into account the high number of questionnaires received. In this case, remote participation can be offered.


1.3. The organizers can change the format of the festival-competition if there are objective circumstances that prevent the project from being carried out live. In that case, participants will be sent an appendix to these Regulations, which provides for the competition-festivalaction at a distance.


2. The final concert (GALA CONCERT) will be held in a hybrid way.


3. During the remote conference "Education of young jazz performers perspectives: how and why?" for jazz improvisation teachers, lecturers, best practices on the education of young jazz musicians will be shared. Qualification certificates will be issued to the audience of the event.



Stages of the 2024 project


I. Applications are submitted from 2024 April 1st until 2024 May 1st.

II. The festival-competition will take place in 2024 on May 10-11.

III. The deadline for sending recordings is 2024 May 5th. 

IV. Registration of participants starts 2 hours before the concert and ends half an hour before the concert.

V. The results are announced on the same day, after the discussions that will take place after the performances of each age group. At the same time, the selected participants are invited to participate in the final concert (GALA CONCERT).

VI. The final concert will take place on May 11 at 5 p.m.

VII. The conference will be held remotely on May 17 via zoom app.


Age groups of participants


A - up to 10 years (inclusive).

B - from the age of 11 up to 14 years (inclusive).

C - from 15 years old up to 18 years (inclusive).

D - from the age of 19 up to 23 years (inclusive).


In the case of a larger number of participants, division into subgroups is possible.


IMPORTANT! Each participant of the festival-competition must submit a copy of the personal document (in case the evaluation committee has doubts about the age of the performers).


Preliminary program of the contest-festival:

May 10 (Friday)
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sound rehearsals and concerts of group B ensembles, group C and D

May 11 (Saturday)
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sound rehearsals and concerts of group A and group B soloists


at 5 p.m. final laureate concert (GALA CONCERT), awards in the House of Commons of the Culture Center.


Important: festival-competition organizers, taking into account the number of registered participants, reserves the right to change the time and/or day of category sound rehearsals and concerts.


On May 17 the conference "Education of young jazz performers perspectives: how and why?" will be held for jazz, improvisation teachers, lecturers who prepared participants for this festival-competition. Qualification certificates will be issued to its participants.



Requirements for the festival-competition program


1. Instrumentalists, vocalists, vocal and instrumental ensembles, choirs, orchestras, mixed projects can participate in the festival-competition "JAZZ fontanas".

2. Only jazz instrumental, vocal music or jazz arrangements, interpretations, transcriptions are performed in the festival-competition. The repertoire is freely chosen. Jazz standards are optional.

3. Instrumentalists, vocalists, collectives (ensembles, choirs, orchestras) are evaluated separately.

4. It is mandatory to perform at least two jazz pieces of different character. A completed piece does not count as a program.

5. The entries specified in the application can be changed no later than 2 days before the start of the festival, except in cases where insurmountable obstacles arise (force majeure).

6. Performers only appear at the times scheduled for their age group.

7. Duration of the program:

for soloists (instrumentalists, vocalists) - up to 10 min. (2 pieces);

for collectives (large and small ensembles, choirs, orchestras) - up to 15 min. (2-3 pieces).


IMPORTANT! Teachers participate in the project only as accompanists.


Conditions of participation


1. The application is completed online:

2. Participant registration is consent that the photos and recordings of the participant will be used free of charge and publicly published for educational purposes without violating the rights, honor and dignity of the participant.

3. Participant fee:

For soloist (differentiated by age category):

A – 15 EUR/asm.

B, C, D – 20 EUR/asm.

Combo ensembles (up to 6 members inclusive) - 10 EUR/person.

Large and ensembles and orchestras (from 7 members) – 5 EUR/person.

The composition of the orchestra is at least 15 performers together with playing pedagogues.

If a participant plays music in several collectives, he pays only one (higher) fee.

Teachers do not pay the participation fee.

4. The participant's fee is paid at the time of registration, by transferring it to the association "JAZZ fontanas",

account no. LT107300010173870339 in SWEDBANK.

It is mandatory to indicate the purpose of payment: "Festival-competition "JAZZ fontanas", name and surname of the participant (ensemble representative or manager)".


Evaluation committee (jury)


1. The members of the jury is announced before each concert.

2. The members of the jury is the prerogative of the organizers of the festival-competition.

3.Among the members of the evaluation committee is a representative of the Lithuanian higher education institution and a laureate of previous festivals-competitions.

4. The decisions of the jury are not contested, they can only be changed by the entire commission collegially.

5. Exclusive evaluation nuances:

5.1. The priority is compositions of one's own creation.

5.2. Live accompaniment is a plus.

5.3. If a phonogram is used, it cannot contain a soloist part ("minus one").




1. Participants of groups A, B, C and D compete in their groups for I, II and III places, special nominations and the Grand Prize (GRAND PRIX).

2. From 2021, the festival-competition "JAZZ fontanas" established a special Rimantas Bagdonos prize for creativity, improvisation, charisma, which all festival participants apply for.

3. From 2022, the festival-competition "JAZZ fontanas" established a special prize for the performance of Rimantas Bagdon's piece/improvisation of the theme, which all festival participants can apply for.

The festival organizers suggest improvising on the themes of Rimantas Bagdon, the creator of the festival (e.g. from the publication "From Blues to Contractual", 2013). The best improvisation will be awarded with a special diploma.



In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the organizers of the festival-competition reserve the right to adjust the regulations of the festival.


Requirements for video recording


1. If the participant/participants cannot attend, he/she must provide good quality audio and video in landscape format. In case of technical questions, contact e-mail address

2. The soloist/collective and the special festival-competition sign must be clearly visible.

3. The festival-contest sign must be visible in the recording room.

4. The program can be recorded one track at a time, but the video must be assembled as a single recording. Video and audio correction is not possible in recordings of individual tracks. Due to inappropriate video or sound quality, the commission reserves the right not to evaluate the performance.

5. Records are uploaded to google drive, www.wetransfer.comor, by sending the link by e-mail address


More details are available

mobile tel. +370 (681) 45713 (Igoris Švedko)

Contact for technical questions

mob. tel. +370 (612) 83920 (Darius Dimbelis)

by e-mail

Contact for the program time or arrangement

mobile tel. +370 683 10145 (Vitalija Čepulienė)

by e-mail


Wishing you success, we look forward to hearing from you.


Festival organizers - Association "JAZZ fontanas"





Rimantas Bagdonas XXI International Children's and Youth Jazz Music Festival-Competition "JAZZ Fontanas"




The appendix is ​​a part of the Regulations of the festival-competition "JAZZ fontanas", which comes into force under special conditions in public life. The content of the appendix becomes a priority part of the festival-competition Regulations, after the organizers announce that due to major forcethe project formatis changed to hybrid or remote.


Hybrid – when the competition program is assembled from sent video recordings and a live program performed and filmed in the hall, where there is only the evaluation committee, dubbing and filming crews, the performer and his manager. Ranking - according to the pre-announced program, depending on the age category.

Spectators' participation or non-participation (live) is determined by state legislation. If the audience cannot participate, the jury selects the nominees and laureates, compiles the program of the final concert, edits the film and broadcasts it on youtubeplatform at a pre-specified time.

The broadcast link to final concert will be published on the website


Remote– when the competition program is assembled only from the sent video recordings. The jury works remotely, selects nominees, laureates, compiles the program of the final concert, edits a film, which is broadcast on youtubeplatform at a pre-specified time.

The broadcast link to final concert will be published on the website