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Joseph S. Stauffer Prizes

Current winner: Brian Current

Current winner: Brian Current


The Joseph S. Stauffer Prizes are awarded in recognition of emerging Canadian artists' talents in music, visual arts and literature.

The assessment process for this prize will be updated to align with the new funding model for grant programs. Stay tuned for more information.

What is this prize?

The Joseph S. Stauffer Prizes are awarded to Canadian artists who exhibit strong artistic potential in music, visual arts and literature.

Prize amount

Up to three prizes of $5,000 each (one in each discipline).

How to Qualify

Applicants previously qualified for these prizes by applying to the Grants to Professional Musicians – Individuals, Project Grants to Visual Artists or Grants to Professional Writers: Creative Writing.

From 1 April 2017, applicants to the Explore and Create program may be considered for these awards.

An assessment committee will select the recipients from all eligible applicants.

The new process for eligibility will be announced in 2017.



Who created this prize?

These prizes are awarded to honour the memory of Joseph S. Stauffer, whose bequest enabled the Canada Council to encourage young Canadians of outstanding promise or potential.

Further Information

Sarah Brown

Program Officer

E-mail: sarah.brown@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 6004

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 6004

TTY: 1-866-585-5559


Prize Amount

Up to

By program

Cumulative list of winners

We are committed to equity in all our activities, including the administration of our prizes.