The Azrieli Music Prizes have been offered biennially since 2014.
For its first two editions in 2016 and 2018, AMP focused on the discovery and creation of orchestral music that celebrated excellence in new Jewish music.
In an effort to open AMP to a larger circle of composers, the Azrieli Foundation has expanded its three music prizes to call for a variety of instrumentation categories. These include:
- 2020: Chamber Music – Ensembles of up to sixteen (16) instruments, including up to two (2) soloists.
- 2022: Choral Music – A cappella choir plus up to four additional instruments and/or vocal soloist(s)
- 2024: Orchestral Music – Symphony orchestra plus up to two (2) soloists
- 2026: Oratorio or Opera-in-Concert – Symphony orchestra, choir and up to four (4) vocal soloists in either an oratorio or one-act opera-in-concert format.
In establishing this cycle, the Azrieli Foundation hopes to give composers longer lead times by which to plan their AMP submissions while also allowing the prize program to enrich both the Canadian and Jewish music repertoires.