In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.

International Jazz Day is chaired and led by UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.

International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April.  International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.

Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change.

The second annual CBYR Jazz Awards will be held on Friday April 29, 2022 as part of the City of Wilmington’s International Jazz Day Festivities featuring the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Big Band performing a Tribute to Jazz Educator Hal Schiff featuring Dave Schiff.
The following are categories for which an individual or organization may be nominated:

-Clifford Brown Legacy Award

-Clifford Brown Advocacy, Volunteerism, and Philanthropy in Jazz Award

-Clifford Brown Young and Swinging Award

-Clifford Brown Top Jazz Presenter Award

Nominees May Be:
Individuals/organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to preserve, promote, present, create or teach the jazz art form.

Individuals/organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to preserve, promote, advocate, and sustain jazz as a treasured American art form, and as a vital aspect of life locally, nationally, and internationally.

An Individual, who at a young age, has demonstrated dedication, and commitment to jazz through performance, and educational pursuits.

Preference will be given to nominations of individuals and/or organizations who have made an impact on the jazz scene in Delaware.