2017 preliminary contest deadlines have been announced. (See above.)
The American Prize continues to announce semi-finalists and finalists for 2016.

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Providing evaluation, recognition and reward to America's finest
performing artists, ensembles and composers, based on recorded performances.
There is no live competition.

The American Prize is non-profit and is proud to have awarded more than
$40,000 in cash prizes in all categories since 2010.

Most contests include separate divisions for professional musicians,
pre-professionals (college and university), community musicians
and high school age artists.

LATEST NEWS: 2016 contests now closed.

While the WINNERS PAGES are being updated, 2015 winners may be found by visiting The American Prize blog. Use the chronological navigation tool in the right hand column to find the contest in which you have interest.


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MUSICAL AMERICA honors DAVID KATZ and The American Prize:

David Katz, founder and chief judge of The American Prize national nonprofit competitions in the performing arts, has been selected as one of Musical America's "Professionals of the Year—a Key Influencer" for 2016.
Read the full story here:
Musical America Top Professionals


In 2015, the American Prize warmly welcomed internationally acclaimed
Metropolitan Opera dramatic soprano, SHARON SWEET, to its distinguished panel of judges. Click "judges" to read her biography.

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MAJOR website improvements mean a faster, more convenient experience
for all contestants.

NEW—you now have the option to pay application fees online—or by check, credit card or money order.

NEW—you now have the option to provide online links to your audition selections, or send recordings by mail.

NEW—you now have the option to fill out the application on your computer and email it directly to the office—or print out, fill by hand and send by mail.

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The American Prize

is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts unique in scope and structure,

providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition.

Each year, The American Prize rewards the best recorded performances by individual artists and ensembles

in the United States

at the professional, community/amateur, college, university, church and school levels.


You probably record your performances already.

Now it is time to win The American Prize and

receive the accolades you or your ensemble has earned.

"...in cities large and small all across the United States,

great art is being made–in schools and churches, in colleges and universities,

and by community and professional musicians, actors and composers.


The media does not always tell us about these artists, but they are there,

entertaining audiences, educating young people, and contributing

to the quality of life in the communities they serve.

It is time their work was recognized.

That is the reason for The American Prize..."

—Preamble to Creating the American Prize, (2009)

Annual Competitions

(click on each link below for complete competition information)

Receive professional feedback about any audition DVD or CD recording, resume or other marketing/application materials, at any time during the year, by request. (There is a modest fee for this service.)

Contests for Organizations & Ensembles:

Bands/Wind Ensembles
Opera Companies
Music Theater Companies
Arts Administrators
Chamber Music Ensembles

Contests for Individuals:

Stage Directors


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