Virginia Parker Prize



1 April, 2016
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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines. [PDF, 336.8 KB]

New this year: You must submit an application to be considered for this prize.

Program Description

The Virginia Parker Prize, valued at $25,000, is awarded annually to a Canadian classical musician, instrumentalist or conductor under the age of 32, who has received at least two Canada Council grants from the Grants to Professional Musicians – Individuals program. The prize was established in 1982 by the late Virginia Parker and is funded by an annual donation from the Virginia Parker Foundation.

This prize is awarded to musicians who demonstrate outstanding talent, musicianship and artistic excellence, and who make a valuable contribution to the artistic life in Canada and internationally.


1 April, 2016

If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.

Your completed application form and all required support material must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.

Prize Amount

The award is valued at $25,000.


To be considered for this prize, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada; you do not need to be living in Canada when you apply
  • be under the age of 32 as of January 1st of the deadline year
  • be a conductor, singer or instrumentalist in the Western Classical music tradition
  • be a recipient of at least two long-term grants (for projects between seven and twelve months in length) from the Canada Council’s Grants to Professional Musicians – Individuals program
  • have conducted or performed as a soloist or chamber musician internationally
  • not have previously received the Virginia Parker Prize
  • not apply to the 1 March 2016 deadline of the Grants to Professional Musicians – Individuals program.

You must also meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional Classical musician, which is someone who:

  • has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as a professional by her or his peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
  • has a history of public presentation.

Further Information

Sarah Brown
Program Officer
Prizes Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 6004

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

For a complete list of past winners, please contact the Prizes Section.


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