The Tony G Rising Star Award

The Vail Jazz Foundation is pleased to continue the Tony G Rising Star Award in honor of late Vail Jazz Goes to School co-founder Tony Gulizia. This merit-based award will provide the opportunity for talented Eagle County children to grow their musical interest with financial support towards purchase of an instrument, music lessons, classes, band camps or private instruction.


The award has been made possible through the generous support of long-time Vail Jazz supporter Kathy Cole – a close friend of Tony’s — through the Kathy and Trent Cole Scholarship Fund and with ongoing support from Alpine Bank.

The Awards

Vail Jazz will bestow nine awards to Eagle County children in 2024, encouraging aspiring young musicians to follow their dreams and showcase their talent.

Five teacher-nominated recipients of grades 4 – 5 will each receive a $500 instrument allowance.

Four recipients in grades 6 – 8 will receive $1500 towards their music education, including instrument, instruction, sheet music, recordings, or music camps.


2024 Tony G Rising Star Award Criteria


2024 Nomination Form

The Recipients

Please join Vail Jazz in congratulating the following Eagle County 2023 award winners in kick-starting their musical journeys: