The deadline to nominate for Toronto Arts Foundation Awards is approaching fast on February 8.
Use this wonderful opportunity to show your love and support for the arts in Toronto. Nominate your favourite artists today and celebrate the arts in this difficult time.
The Toronto Arts Foundation Awards are made possible by the generous support of our donors and sponsors.
The following awards will be presented in May 2021:
Arts for Youth Award
The Arts for Youth Award is a $20,000 cash prize, with finalists receiving $2,000. The award celebrates an individual, collective or organization that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to engaging Toronto’s youth through the arts and artistic creation.
Emerging Artist Award
The Emerging Artist Award is a $10,000 cash prize, with finalists receiving $2,000. The award celebrates the accomplishments and future potential of an emerging Toronto artist working in any discipline. Established in 2006, the award supports the development or completion of new work.
Margo Bindhardt and Rita Davies Award
The Margo Bindhardt and Rita Davies Award is a $10,000 cash prize, with finalists receiving $1,000. The award celebrates an individual artist, creator, volunteer or administrator who has demonstrated creative cultural leadership in the development of arts and culture in Toronto. This award is presented every two years.
Muriel Sherrin Award
The Muriel Sherrin Award is a $10,000 cash prize that celebrates an artist or creator who has made a contribution to the cultural life of Toronto through outstanding achievement in music or dance. The recipient will also have participated in international initiatives, including touring, studying abroad and participating in artist exchanges. In addition to the prize money, the 2021 recipient will receive a complimentary week long stay at Valleyview Artist Retreat. The award rotates from music to dance in alternating prize years. In 2021, the award will be presented in the field of dance. The Muriel Sherrin Award is presented every two years.
The following award will be presented in June 2021:
Emerging Jazz Artist Award
The Emerging Jazz Artist Award is a $10,000 cash prize with finalists receiving $1,000. The award furthers the career of an outstanding emerging jazz artist and is intended to support the pre-production, production, and/or recording of original music composed by the recipient.
Ready to make your nomination?
Nominations are submitted online through the Toronto Arts Foundation Nomination Portal. Nominations must include a biography, nomination rationale and support material. Individuals may nominate themselves for the Emerging Jazz Artist Award. Self-nominations will not be considered for the other awards.
For more information about the awards, the award sponsors, or to learn more about making a nomination, visit torontoartsfoundation.org/awards The deadline to nominate an organization, collective or individual for the awards listed above is February 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.