The Azrieli Prize of $50,000 CAD is awarded biennially through a competitive process to a composer who has written the best new major work of Jewish Music. Open to the international music community, individual works can be nominated by individuals and institutions from all nationalities, faiths, backgrounds and affiliations, and submitted to the AMP Jury through the open call for scores. Works may have been premiered within ten years of the award date, but must not have a significant performance history, and must not have been commercially recorded.

The winning work will be performed by a major Canadian orchestra as part of the AMP Gala Concert, scheduled for the fall of 2018 and subsequently audio recorded to commercial quality.

The winning composer will be invited to attend the rehearsals and performance of their work, and be publicly honoured at the AMP Gala Concert.

 

Eligibility 

  • Nominations will be accepted for individual works written by living composers.
  • Only works written and/or premiered after January 1, 2008 are eligible for nomination.
  • Nominated works:
    • may have already received a premiere performance;
    • must not have been commercially recorded (such works are ineligible); and
    • must be at least fifteen (15) minutes and no longer than twenty-five (25) minutes in duration.
  • Nominations may be submitted by individuals and institutions of all nationalities and of all faiths, backgrounds and affiliations.
  • Composers of nominated works may be of any age, experience level, nationality, faith, background or affiliation.
  • Any nominator (individual person or institution) may submit a maximum of two (2) nomination packages, each of which must be for a different composer and their work.
  • Eligible works must be shown to be relevant to Jewish Music (a written statement of relevancy may be provided.) Please see the Foundation’s definition of What is Jewish Music’ below to ensure that the nominated work complies. All works that do not comply with this definition will be disqualified.

Guidelines

  • Nominated works must:
    • demonstrate their relevance to the Prize theme – a celebration of excellence in new Jewish Music; and
    • be scored for a minimum of seventeen (17) string musicians (i.e. string orchestra) and a maximum of fifty one (51) musicians of mixed instrumentation (i.e. Mozart orchestra)
      • Maximum Instrumentation for nominated works is as follows:
        • Brass: 2 trumpets / 2 trombones / 4 horns / 1 tuba
        • Winds: 2 flutes / 2 oboes / 2 clarinets / 2 bassoons
        • Strings: 8 1st violins / 8 2nd violins /6 violas /4 cellos /4 double basses
        • Harp
        • Timpani
        • Percussion (2)
      • Nominated works may feature:
        • a soloist (vocal or instrumental); and/or
        • pre-recorded digital media.

All documents and media must be submitted electronically via the online nomination form.  This, along with full guidelines and terms and conditions can be found here.

The deadline for submissions is 5th November, 2017.