2015 UPDATE:

Applications and all information for 2015 contests, as well as updated winners pages, will be published here later this month (November.)

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Providing evaluation, recognition and reward to America's finest performing artists, ensembles and composers, based on recorded performances.

The American Prize is proud to have awarded
more than $25,000 in cash prizes in all categories since 2010.

For winners, click the winners' box: Winners!            For the latest competition updates: American Prize Blogspot

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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