Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the extension of the instrument refurbishment period, the deadline to apply for the next competition cycle has been pushed back to December 1, 2022.
Musical Instrument Bank
The MIB consists of more than 20 magnificent instruments: violins, cellos and bows created by master instrument makers including Stradivarius, Gagliano and Pressenda.
What is this prize?
Every three years, talented Canadian professional classical musicians compete for a chance to borrow one of the more than 20 legendary instruments from the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank (MIB).
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.
1 December 2022
Who created this prize?
The MIB was established with a $100,000 bequest from the Barwick family in 1985 and through the fundraising efforts of the late William Turner, a businessman, and Denis Brott, a cellist, both of Montréal. 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 approximately $50 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.
For more information
Program Officer, Prizes
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 6004
A three-year loan of a rare instrument from the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank
Note that the updated guidelines will be posted two months prior to the deadline.
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