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The Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music

Award to a USA, Canada, or International Musician
for Outstanding Orchestral Jewish Music

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Award of $50,000 to a USA, Canada, or International musician to recognize outstanding contributions to orchestral Jewish music. Funding is intended to honor and publicize new, Jewish-themed musical scores. The prize winner will be acknowledged at a concert to be held in Montreal, Canada.

The Azrieli Prize is awarded biennially through a competitive process to a composer who has written the best undiscovered work of Jewish music. Eligible works must be shown to be relevant to the field of Jewish music.

A nominated work must:

  • Demonstrate its relevance to the Prize theme – a celebration of excellence in new Jewish music; and
  • Be scored for the musical forces of Orchestre Métropolitain: 3(1.2.picc)3( trb).1 /timp+1 perc/hp/str (see
  • In addition, works may also include:
    • Up to two (2) soloists (vocal and/or instrumental)
    • Additional keyboard instruments (e.g. piano, organ, harpsichord and/or synthesizers); and/or pre-recorded digital media

For the purpose of the Azrieli Music Prizes, the Azrieli Foundation defines ‘Jewish music’ as broadly as possible, taking into account the rich and diverse history of Jewish musical traditions, as well as music by Jews and non-Jews, which may be said to incorporate a Jewish thematic or Jewish musical influence. Jewish themes may vary broadly, and can include biblical, historical, liturgical, secular and/or folk elements. Fundamentally, the Foundation encourages an understanding of Jewish music as deeply rooted in history and tradition, yet forward-moving and dynamic. As such, it encourages themes and content drawn from contemporary Jewish life and experience. For additional information, see the "What is Jewish Music" tab on the URL for Full Text below.

The winning work will be:

  • Premiered by Orchestre Métropolitain at the AMP Gala Concert in mid- to late-October 2022;
  • Given two subsequent international performances; and
  • Recorded for future release on the Analekta label.

The winning composer or composer’s estate is expected to attend the rehearsals, performances, and recording of the prize-winning work, and will be publicly honored at the AMP Gala Concert in Montreal in the fall of 2022.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197176

Estimated Size of Grant:

- $50,000 CAD in prize money.
- Altogether, the total prize package for the Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music is valued at over $200,000 CAD.

Term of Contract:

The Azrieli Prize is awarded biennially

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Nominations will be accepted for individual works from living composers and from composer estates that hold copyright in the nominated work.
- Multiple nominations of works by the same composer will not be accepted.
- Works written and/or premiered after January 1, 1947 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, faiths, backgrounds and affiliations.
- Composers of nominated works may be of any age, experience level, gender identity, affiliation and level of experience.
- Any nominator (individual or institution) may submit a maximum of two (2) nomination packages, each of which must be for a different composer and their work.

Submitted works must not exceed sixty (60) musicians in total.

Pre-Application Information:

- Open Call for Scores and Proposals: Monday February 1, 2021
- Submission Deadline: Sunday August 1, 2021 for electronic submission of all documents and media
- Prizes will take place in mid-October 2022.

- 2022 Prize Focus: Orchestral Music (up to 60 musicians)
- 2022 Performance Partner: L’Orchestre Métropolitain
(Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor)

See Composer Agreement on URL for Full Text (RFP) for winner requirements.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


The Azrieli Foundation
2 St. Clair Ave. West, Suite 900
Toronto, ON M4V 1L5

1010 St. Catherine Street West, Suite 1200
Montreal, Quebec H3B 3S3

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