University of Michigan’s new chamber-music competition, with $100,000 prize

Posted on: October 15, 2015

“The University of Michigan has announced a new international competition for chamber music ensembles with a $100,000 grand prize,” writes Sherri Welch in Wednesday’s (10/14) Crain’s Detroit Business. “Dubbed M-Prize, the new competition aims to raise the visibility and viability of chamber music and establish UM as the focal point where that takes place, said Aaron Dworkin, dean of the UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance…. The competition is set to take place each May…. It will include a total prize pool of $200,000, with awards in a junior division for those age 18 and younger and senior division for those age 19-35. The M-Prize grand prize winner will be selected … during a gala concert May 20 … broadcast on Detroit Public Television and made available to PBS stations throughout the country…. ‘We want more people to be aware that chamber music exists and … (to) create more opportunities for chamber ensembles to be embedded in their communities,’ [Dworkin] said…. The inaugural 2016 competition will focus on chamber music, but in coming years will expand to include … music, dance, visual media and spoken word…. Applications for the 2016 contest are being accepted online at mprize.umich.edu through March 1.”

Posted October 15, 2015