CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR GLOBAL HOST CITY 2022
UNESCO is launching a Call for Applications for the Global Host City for the 2022 International Jazz Day celebration.
Cities and cities in partnership with a nongovernmental organization in UNESCO Member States and Associate Members can apply.
The Call for Applications is closed
International Jazz Day, proclaimed by UNESCO’s General Conference in 2011, is a global celebration of jazz music held annually on 30 April. It aims to raise awareness on the role of jazz as an educational tool and as a force for creativity, dialogue and intercultural exchange, and highlights how jazz:
- breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;
- is a vector of freedom of expression;
- brings people together in celebration and reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;
- encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;
- stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.
Following the Call for Applications, an Advisory Committee evaluates the eligible applications, identifies the top two candidates and, after a site visit to the top two candidates, makes a recommendation to the UNESCO Director-General. The final decision lies with the Director-General of UNESCO who designates the Global Host City.
The designated Global Host City will take responsibility for the organization and all costs of the Programme of Activities, under the supervision of and in close cooperation with UNESCO and UNESCO’s partner, the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that oversees the overall planning, production and coordination of the Programme of Activities.
The Programme of Activities consists of two parts: the Educational and Outreach Programme and the All-Star Global Concert (see Technical Requirements for the Programme of Activities in the Annex).
The Educational and Outreach Programme includes master classes, lectures, performances and panel discussions, with local, national and regional schools, universities, institutions and community organizations. The outreach extends to community service programmes targeting vulnerable populations including the elderly, the critically ill, the disabled and the homeless, among others. The aim is to celebrate and share widely the messages and values of International Jazz Day with the general public.
The All-Star Global Concert brings together a stellar line-up of international jazz artists for a performance that spans styles, cultures and languages. In the spirit of International Jazz Day, it takes place in a landmark venue with rich historical significance to both the Global Host City and the hosting nation.
All components of the Programme of Activities (All-Star Global Concert and Educatonal and Outreach Programme) must be fully open to the public and free of charge. Merchandise items (t-shirts, posters, etc.) may not be sold and must be provided free of charge to participants, volunteers and the general public. All costs for the Programme of Activities must be fully covered through contributions from local and national government as well as public and private sector sponsors.
 The Advisory Committee consists of one representative of UNESCO, one representative of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, and two independent experts in the field of event management, which may include artists, music industry professionals, representatives of non-governmental organizations and/or independent institutions, co-designated by UNESCO and Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.
The Application should clearly demonstrate the capacity and commitment of the Global Host City to meet the requirements specified below and in the Application Form.
N.B.: No exercise of influence or lobbying is allowed. Consequently, it is prohibited to offer any goods, services, funds, material or immaterial
benefits in return for any form of favour or unauthorized support in the selection process. Any misconduct by a candidate city, if verified, will lead
to its immediate disqualification.
- Online Application:
- Complete the online Application Form following this UNESCO International Jazz Day Link. Applicants may save and return to complete their Application Form.
- Upload all required supporting documents. Applicants may attach additional documents or information to support their application in the final step of the online Application Form.
- Submit the online Application Form by 1 October 2021.
- Languages of submission: The complete Application Form must be submitted in English or French, which are the two working languages of the UNESCO Secretariat.
- Preparing the Application:
Although there is no one-size-fits-all formula for the preparation of the Application, the following diagram presents the suggested steps of this process.
City or City in partnership with a nongovernmental organization decides to prepare the Application
Establish a Management Team and Focal Point
Identify relevant stakeholders - within the city and at regional, national and international level - and establish a consultative group
Implement relevant background research and prepare mapping of cultural, educational and logistical assets of city
Develop a concept and detailed Programme of Activities: the All-Star Global Concert and the Educational and Outreach Programme
Develop a detailed budget and obtain the agreement and commitment of city, provincial and national government authorities on funding sources proposed
Share the final Application Form with the National Commission to UNESCO and obtain required letters of support
Submit the Online Application within the deadline
The Global Host City of International Jazz Day selection process consists of the following steps:
Call for Applications:
Cities interested in putting themselves forward for consideration are required to submit the online Application Form by the specified deadline. The deadline for the submission of the Application is stated in the Call for Applications and is approximately six months after its launch.
A technical pre-screening of all submissions is carried out by UNESCO and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz to verify whether the Application is complete and meets all the requirements, including the five requisite letters.
The Advisory Committee reviews all eligible Applications and identifies the top two Applicants. The Advisory Committee consists of one representative of UNESCO, one representative of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, and two independent experts in the field of event management, which may include artists, music industry professionals, representatives of non-governmental organizations and/or independent institutions, co-designated by UNESCO and Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.
Site visit and Recommendation:
The top two Applicants identified by the Advisory Committee will be informed. Representatives of UNESCO and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz will undertake a site visit to both cities, to be funded by the Applicants, in order to evaluate the feasibility of the submitted Application. The site visit will include visits to proposed venues and partners for the All-Star Global Concert and Education and Outreach Programme, as well as meetings with local, regional and national government officials and other committed financial supporters. Thereafter the Advisory Committee will make a final recommendation to the Director-General of UNESCO.
The Global Host City is designated by the Director-General of UNESCO and the Global Host City is informed.
Memorandum of Understanding and Announcement:
A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed by UNESCO, the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, the designated Global Host City Focal Point and the national government authority to set forth the logistical, communication, operational and budgetary aspects and the rights and responsibilities of each Party. Once signed, UNESCO will officially announce the designated Global Host City.
The Global Host City’s coordination team will work closely with its counterparts at the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz and UNESCO on all aspects of planning and executing the Global Host City Programme of Activities. In addition, the Global Host City Focal Point shall agree to facilitate evaluation of progress on preparatory work at UNESCO's request. UNESCO and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz will regularly take stock and evaluate the preparatory work of the Global Host City for International Jazz Day.
Estimated Timetable for Call for Applications:
|Launch of Call for Applications.|
|Deadline for Online Application Submission.|
|Deadline for evaluation of eligible Applications by the Advisory Committee. The top two final candidates will be informed.|
|Site visits (should the health situation allow) to top two final candidates by the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz and UNESCO.|
|Signature of MOU and official announcement of designation by the Director-General of UNESCO.|
Concept – Elaborate your concept for the celebration and the Programme of Activities and explain how it addresses the aims of International Jazz Day. Is there a theme? Do you have a methodology that is appropriate to achieving the objectives your city has identified for International Jazz Day?
Funding – Be sure you have developed a strong, realistic and well-rounded budget with funding sources that are both cash and in-kind from government as well as public and private sectors, such as airline and hotel stakeholders. Be specific regarding your fund-raising strategy if you need to raise funds in addition to the commitment from city, government and private or public sources.
Infrastructure – Discuss your city’s capacity in terms of an iconic venue for the concert, interesting options for the educational and outreach activities, transportation (air and ground), and accommodation. Address visa and security aspects as well.
Partners – Diversify your partners and consider including educational institutions, communications/media experts, local businesses, or the travel and tourism sector among others, in addition to the obvious music and cultural industry partners.
Innovation – How will your city engage and share the values of jazz with local communities and with the world in creative ways? If you are targeting any particular groups (e.g. youth, marginalized communities, refugees) explain how you plan to do it. Discuss sustainable tourism and environmental challenges and solutions.