Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts
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 Nomination Guidelines [PDF, 211.6 KB].
The Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts is an annual prize that recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by a Canadian professional artist in music, theatre or dance. The prize is awarded on a four-year cycle – in dance, theatre, dance and music – and is in the amount of $40,000. The prize to be awarded in 2016 will be in the field of dance.
Walter Carsen established the endowment fund for the prize in February 2001 through a generous donation of $1.1 million to the Canada Council for the Arts. The Canada Council administers and promotes the prize.
Candidates do not apply for the prize, but must be nominated by an eligible nominator.
Nominators are responsible for gathering the required documentation and submitting it with the attached nomination form. They must ensure that the documentation complies with the requirements set out in these guidelines and form.
30 April, 2016
If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. The Canada Council will not accept nominations postmarked after the deadline date, incomplete nominations, or those submitted by fax or email.
The award is valued at $40,000.
By nomination only
Nominees must be professional artists who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They do not need to be living in Canada when their nomination is submitted.
The Canada Council defines a professional artist as someone who:
- has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
- is recognized as such by her or his peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
- is committed to devoting more time to the artistic activity if financially feasible
- has a history of public presentation.
Nominees in the current competition must have created, as creative and/or interpretive artists, an outstanding and distinguished body of work in all dance forms and genres.
The nominee must be actively involved in the performing arts in Canada or have spent the majority of his or her artistic career in Canada. The nominee’s career will likely have covered a significant period of time. Ideally, the nominee’s work will have been recognized and respected for its artistic excellence by the nominee’s peers at the national and international levels.
This prize is designed to recognize individual achievement rather than the work of an organization, but it may also recognize artistic partnerships in which each artist meets the eligibility requirements for the prize.
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