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Guide to The Azrieli Music Prizes

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In brief

The Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) are now accepting submissions for its 2022 competition. Composers are invited to compete for one of three prize packages valued at over $200,000 CAD each.

Established in 2014, the biennial Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) is Canada’s largest competition devoted to music composition. AMP advances the Azrieli Foundation’s commitment to discovering, elevating and amplifying artistic voices that exhibit excellence.

Fact file
SectionsComposition
Deadline02 May - 01 Aug 2021
Finals18 - 23 Oct 2022
WhereMontreal, Canada
Age groupsComposers of all ages
The 2022 Azrieli Music Prizes
Prizes - All Laureates receive

Prize Focus

Orchestral Music (up to 60 musicians)

Performance Partner

L'Orchestre Métropolitain (Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor) 

Eligibility Criteria

Scores, proposals and supporting documents for the Prizes are accepted from nominators and individual composers of all nationalities, faiths, ages, gender identities, backgrounds, affiliations and levels of experience.

Important Dates

Call for Scores and Proposals Opens 
Monday, 1 February, 2021

Submission Deadlines:

The Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music   
Sunday, 2 May, 2021

The Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music   
Sunday, 2 May, 2021

The Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music 
Sunday, 1 August, 2021

2022 AMP Laureates Announcement  
November 2021 

Gala Concert Week 
18-23 October, 2022 (TBC)

1. A $50,000 CAD cash prize
2. A premiere/performance of their prize-winning work by L’Orchestre Métropolitain
3. Two international performances and
4. A professional recording of their prize-winning work released on the Analekta label.

The total package for each Azrieli Music Prize is valued at over $200,000 CAD.

Travel expenses

All three Prize laureates are expected to attend the rehearsals, performances and recording of their prize-winning works, with support from the Azrieli Foundation, and will be publicly honoured at the AMP Gala Concert. Composer laureates attend the AMP Gala concert as guests of the Azrieli Foundation.

Sections of the Competition

The $50,000 CAD Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music is awarded biennially to a composer who has written the best undiscovered major work of Jewish music. Works may be nominated by individuals and institutions. Eligible works may have been premiered within 75 years of the award date, but must not have a significant performance history, and must not have been commercially recorded.

The Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music is awarded to encourage composers to creatively and critically engage with the question “What is Jewish music?” A commissioning fee of $50,000 CAD is given to the composer who proposes a response to this question in the shape of a musical work that displays the utmost creativity, artistry, technical mastery and professional expertise.

The Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music invites Canadian composers to propose new musical works that creatively and critically engage with the complexities of composing concert music in Canada today. A commissioning fee of $50,000 CAD goes to the composer who displays the utmost creativity, artistry, technical mastery and professional expertise.

Next Competitions

2024 AMP – Choral Music Edition; 2026 AMP – Oratorio Edition

Jury Members

Jewish Prizes Jury: 

Boris Brott, Artistic Director, Brott Music Festival and l'Orchestre classique de Montréal 
Betty Olivero, Composer / Professor, Bar Ilan University
Brian Current, Composer/Conductor, Co-Artistic Director, New Music Concerts
Neil Levin, Artistic Director, Milken Archive of Jewish Music
Steven Mercurio, Composer / Conductor, Music Director, Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Canadian Prize Jury: 

Ana Sokolović, Composer / Professor, Université de Montréal
Andrew Staniland, Composer / Professor, Memorial University
Barbara Croall, Composer
David Pay, Artistic Director, Music on Main
Mary Ingraham, Musicologist / Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge

Background and Competition process

Established in 2014 by the Azrieli Foundation, the Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) offer opportunities for the discovery, creation, performance and celebration of excellence in music composition.

Scores, proposals and supporting documents for the Prizes are accepted from nominators and individual composers of all nationalities, faiths, ages, gender identities, backgrounds, affiliations and levels of experience. 

The Canadian Commission is open exclusively to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The laureate is selected by the AMP Jury for Canadian Music. 

The two Jewish music prizes are open to the international music community and their laureates are selected by the AMP Jury for Jewish Music.   

Both juries are comprised of a pool of leading experts assembled from the fields of music creation, culture, presentation and performance.

Once the Open Call has closed (see deadlines above), all submissions are registered and screened for eligibility and completeness. Eligible and complete submissions are further screened by a small team of AMP staff and Jury members to evaluate their fit and relevancy to the respective Prize theme. Those submissions that clear the pre-screening stage are delivered as qualified submissions to the AMP Juries for their evaluation. 

The Commission juries will meet in June 2021 and the Jewish Prize jury will meet in September 2021 to select the three 2022 AMP Laureates, who will be publicly announced no later than November 2021.  

All three laureates will be publicly honoured at the AMP Gala Concert, which will take place in Montréal in mid-to-late-October of 2022. They are also expected to participate in Gala Week education and outreach events; attend the rehearsals and performances of the Gala Concert and two subsequent international performances (dates TBD); and actively participate in the recording of their prize-winning works (planned for Spring 2023 toward a mid-September 2023 release). AMP will cover participation costs for Laureates for all the above prize components.

Further aims of AMP are to educate the general public about the enduring appeal and artistic importance of the works that result from engaging with key issues surrounding both Canadian and Jewish music, whether through live performance, recording, composer talks and other related educational or outreach programming.

The Juries review and evaluate the qualified submissions based on their artistic merit, technical merit, thematic fit and composer’s capacity to deliver. Jury decisions are final and cannot be appealed.  

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Attending the 2022 Competition

Audiences are welcome to attend all public Gala Week events, the Gala Concert and the two international concerts.