Jazz FM Awards 2019 Gold Award recipient revealed

Jacob Collier Bags PRS for Music Gold Award Honour At Jazz FM Awards 2019

Close up of musicians Jacob Collier

It is announced today that prodigious genre-blurring multi-instrumentalist and 2-time Grammy-winner Jacob Collier will be honoured with the PRS For Music Gold Award at this year’s Jazz FM Awards, which returns to Shoreditch Town Hall on April 30th.

Largely self-taught, the 24-year-old YouTube sensation turned international star has assembled an incredibly impressive CV in a staggeringly short amount of time, collaborating with a rollcall of music icons including Herbie Hancock, Hans Zimmer, and Pharrell Williams, and headlining the Royal Albert Hall for his BBC Proms debut in July. Having been previously honoured with a Jazz FM Award for his 2016 debut album ‘In My Room’, he receives this year’s PRS For Music Gold Award for his outstanding contribution to jazz composition and performance. His new album Djesse, an ambitious 4-part journey through his musical influences, is released throughout 2019.


From his earliest performances as an emerging young talent, to his sterling appearances at BBC Proms, Jacob Collier’s rise to become one of the biggest names in British jazz has been meteoric – not to mention the fact that Quincy Jones is such a fan he took him under his wing! It is a genuine delight to be presenting Jacob with the PRS for Music Gold Award at the Jazz FM Awards this year. All of us at PRS for Music would like to extend our warmest congratulations.

Andy Harrower - Director of Licensing, PRS for Music 

Jacob’s talents are extraordinary, he possesses a unique ear for harmony as heard not only in his multi layered YouTube songs, but also in his IharmU Internet project. He’s a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic range of influences, who approaches each musical creation with a jazz sensibility. He’s a very worthy recipient of this prestigious award!

Helen Mayhew - Jazz FM Presenter and Awards Judge

Taking place on International Jazz Day on Tuesday 30th April, the Jazz FM Awards 2019 will celebrate the best emerging new artists, contemporary icons and established stars from across the worlds of jazz, soul and blues, and host exclusive performances throughout the ceremony. Joining Beverley Knight to perform are blues legend Eric Bibb in duet with rising jazz vocalist Cherise Adams-Burnett, and tour de force South London collective Steam Down who are dual nominees in the categories of The Innovation Award and Live Experience of the Year Award. Bibb and Adams-Burnett have been nominated for Blues Act of the Year and Vocalist of the Year respectively.

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The Jazz FM Awards 2019 is a partnership between Jazz FM and Serious and is sponsored by PRS for Music, PPL, Shoreditch Town Hall, Mishcon de Reya, Lateralize, Cambridge Audio, British Airways, Arqiva, Oanda, RCS, Warsteiner, Savile Row Gin, Denbies, GHS Global Hospitality, and Yamaha UK. 


About Jazz FM 

Jazz FM is the largest commercial jazz station in the world, celebrating the complete spectrum of Jazz in all its colourful forms since 1990.  Jazz FM broadcasters, producers and team are true devotees, with a deep love and understanding of their particular Jazz shade, their passion is vivid, their enthusiasm infectious, sharing the finest jazz with everyone. As the UK’s only dedicated Jazz broadcaster, Jazz FM is on a mission to entertain, promote and celebrate all that’s great about Jazz. Involvement with national festivals and awards is part of this - setting the bar high for live performance, recognising outstanding talent and strengthening the Jazz community.

No matter how people tune-in they always listen in colour.


About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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