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Musical Instrument Bank

Musical Instrument Bank

Overview

The MIB consists of more than 20 magnificent instruments: violins, cellos and bows created by master instrument makers including Stradivarius, Gagliano and Pressenda.

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What is this prize?

Every three years, talented Canadian professional classical musicians compete for a chance to borrow one of the 20 legendary instruments from the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank (MIB).


Prize amount

A three-year loan of a rare instrument from the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank.


How to qualify

Apply to the Council.

A committee of professional musicians and peers will select the recipients following a major national competition.

For eligibility criteria, the application form and further information on this competition, see the Canada Council's Musical Instrument Bank Guidelines and the Musical Instrument Bank website.

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


Deadline(s)

Triennial

1 April 2018


Who created this prize?

The MIB was established with a $100,000 bequest from the Barwick family in 1985. It enables established soloists and chamber musicians, as well as musicians on the threshold of an international career, to give concerts around the world and to record pieces with MIB instruments over the entire length of the loan.

The MIB includes more than 20 magnificent instruments worth a total of over $41 million. These violins, cellos and bows, created by such master craftsmen as Stradivarius, Gagliano and Pressenda, have been donated or lent to the MIB since it was created in 1985.

Ric Heinl and his team of luthiers at Geo. Heinl & Co. Limited are responsible for restoring and maintaining these instruments.

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

Fax: (613) 566-4390

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

Next Deadline

1
April, 2018

Triennial

A three-year loan of a rare instrument from the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank

By Application

Note that some guidelines are not up to date, and reflect the previous Prize administration processes. Guidelines will be gradually updated over the coming months.

Cumulative list of winners

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