Azrieli Music Initiatives

The Azrieli Foundation take a strategic interest in supporting the development of music as a vital human endeavour that expresses creativity, intelligent thought and intercultural understanding as motivating forces to shape a better world. In particular, the Foundation encourages the creation and performance of Jewish Music and the professional development of emerging professional artists by investing in organizations and initiatives such as:

The Azrieli Music Prizes

Established in 2014 by the Azrieli Foundation, the Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) offer opportunities for the creation, performance and celebration of high quality new Jewish Music.

The Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions are now closed.

The Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music

The Azrieli Commission is open to Canadian composers of all faiths, backgrounds and affiliations, with the aim of encouraging creative and critical engagement with the question ‘What is Jewish Music?’

A commissioning prize of $50,000 CAD is awarded biennially to the Canadian composer who proposes a response to this question that displays the utmost creativity, artistry and musical excellence.

The resulting musical work will be premiered 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 the world premiere of their prize-winning work, and be publicly honoured at the AMP Gala Concert.

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions are now closed.

National Arts Centre

The Foundation is proud to support the NAC’s National Creation Fund.

Over the past several years, the NAC consulted with hundreds of artists, arts organizations and funders to discuss the current process for creating and developing work in the performing arts. What they discovered, unsurprisingly, is that artists need significant time, professional space and more money to create outstanding work. Presenters need new work to be ready when it comes to them – work that has gone through an enhanced creation process that mitigates risk and allows the work to be “market ready” when it hits the stage. To address this “creation gap”, the NAC launched the Creation Fund, which will provide leading artists from across the country with the critical time, space and resources they need to fully realize their work’s potential.

The Jeunesses Musicales du Canada (JMC)
Since 1993, the JMC Touring Opera Program annually has featured emerging Canadian singers of all ages in fully-staged operas. It provides intensive training and professional, practical experience in preparing full-staged operas for touring and performing in different venues and diverse communities, with the benefit of engaging audiences in remote areas that would not otherwise have access to a live opera experience.

Joseph-Rouleau Career Development Grant
The Azrieli Foundation is pleased to have made a three-year commitment to seed this unique initiative offered through the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) for piano in 2017, voice in 2018, and violin in 2019. The career development grant will offer the competition winner a suite of professional development services to advance their musical careers. The Grant honours internationally-renowned singer Joseph Rouleau, co-founder of the CMIM, for his devotion and contributions to music in Québec and Canada, and for his never-ceasing to encourage emerging musical professionals.

Domaine Forget
Tucked into the heights of Saint-Irénée, overlooking the St. Lawrence River from the Charlevoix region of Quebec, sits Domaine Forget – an internationally-recognized summer academy of music and dance. For over 38 years, it has been offering an outstanding quality of instruction, uniting visiting master musicians with some 500 students in masterclasses, individual lessons, chamber and orchestral music, lectures, special workshops and concerts for every taste. The Foundation is pleased to offer a series of scholarships that allow deserving string and vocal musicians to attend sessions at this premier training academy.

Brott Opera – Brott Music Festival
Now entering its 29th season, the Brott Music Festival is the largest non-profit orchestral music festival in Canada, and the only festival with a full-time, professional orchestra-in-residence. The Festival’s most recent addition is Brott Opera. Launched in 2015, the program is dedicated to providing an immersive coaching and performance program for talented emerging singers. The Foundation is pleased to have supported the opportunity for emerging opera professionals to expand their practice by undertaking roles in full opera productions and opera in concert with the Festival and the National Academy Orchestra.