Contests in American Music Performance (Bacon Award)
and for conductors, ensembles,
stage directors, arts marketers,
and in orchestral programming (Marijosius Award)
have an extended deadline of
Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
There is no need to email in advance to take advantage of the extension.
The American Prize:
recognizing and rewarding American excellence
in the performing arts since 2010.
* The American Prize evaluates recorded performances only (online or on disc).
* There is no live competition.
* No age limits.
* Limited repertoire restrictions.
* Separate categories based on age or education.
* Cash prizes to winners.
* Written evaluations to those who rank finalist or higher.
* Nonprofit organization.
The American Prize has awarded more than $40,000 in prizes since 2010.
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The American Prize WINNERS PAGES are being completely redesigned in 2017. 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.
The American Prize is delighted to announce that internationally acclaimed
Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, SUSANNE MENTZER, has joined its distinguished panel of judges. Click "judges" to read her biography.
MUSICAL AMERICA honors DAVID KATZ and The American Prize:
David Katz, 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, 2016" for his work creating and sustaining
The American Prize.
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.
NOW—you have the option to pay application fees online—or by check, credit card or money order.
NOW—you have the option to provide online links to your audition selections, or send recordings by mail.
NOW—you 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.
For winners, click the winners' box: For the latest competition updates:
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.