Sunday, March 6, 2016

THE AMERICAN PRIZE: A Competition LIKE NO OTHER and a unique career builder

You have recordings. The American Prize wants to hear them.


The American Prize is unique—the only national, nonprofit competitions in the performing arts based solely on the evaluation of commercial and noncommercial CDs, DVDs and online links of performing artists.
  • No live competition.
  • No age limits.
  • Few repertoire restrictions.
  • 1 page application form.
  • Multiple divisions for professional, college/university, community, high school musicians.
Complete information, application forms, biographies of judges and winners:

2016 Competitions for:
  • National: Pianists (solo, concerto)
  • National: Classical Vocalists (opera/operetta, art song/oratorio) 
  • Chicago Oratorio Award (additional opportunity—selecting soloist for the Brahms Requiem)
  • National: Composers (choral, orchestral, band, chamber music, theater music)
  • National: Chamber Ensembles
  • NEW in 2016—National: Instrumental Soloists
Postmark Deadline Approaching Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Winners of The American Prize receive:
  • cash awards
  • award certificates (to all semi-finalists, finalists and winners)
  • unbiased written evaluations from our national panel of distinguished judges (to all contestants who place as a finalist or higher)
but more important, laureates of The American Prize derive local, regional and national recognition to help them generate opportunities, build audiences and sustain careers.

In a world where the performing arts are more marginalized than ever before and media coverage harder than ever to get, The American Prize provides its contestants with the visibility and recognition they need to stand out from the rest.

  • 1-page application form.
  • Send bio and photo by email.
  • Send CD, DVD or VHS tape by mail or provide onlink links
  • All applications are acknowledged upon receipt.
You need not prepare a special tape for The American Prize. A previous recording, whether of a concert made in front of an audience or one created in a recording session without an audience, is perfectly acceptable. Neither the location nor the repertoire of any qualified individual limits eligibility, provided the general guidelines have been met. Excellence within categories is the primary criteria for the selection of finalists and winners.

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

Other 2016 Competitions:
  • Orchestras
  • Choruses
  • Bands/Wind Ensembles
  • Opera and Musical Theater companies
  • Conductors
  • Arts Administrators 
  • Stage Directors
Postmark Deadline Tueday, May 10, 2016


  • No live competition. Contestants are judged solely through their recorded performances.
  • No age limits.
  • Separate categories for professional, college/university, community and high school musicians.
  • Few repertoire restrictions.
  • Written evaluations provided to all finalists, runners-up and winners from our distinguished panel of judges.
  • Personal communication and published timelines for the announcement of semi-finalists, finalists and winners.
  • Minimal application fee.
Complete information:

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