Once received, proposals are registered and screened by the Foundation’s Manager of Music Initiatives for eligibility and completeness. The proposals that pass this screening are delivered to the AMP Advisory Council as qualified submissions.
The Council will evaluate qualified submissions for their fit and relevancy to the objectives of AMP and the purpose of the Performance Fund. The Council will review and grade the submissions using the following three main criteria: Artistic Merit, Thematic Fit and Capacity. These criteria are separately weighted based on their level of importance to arrive at a score out of 100 for each evaluated submission.
Artistic Merit (50 points)
This is the most important criteria the Council applies in evaluating each submission. It is directly tied to the ensemble’s proven ability to program and perform new concert music at the highest artistic standards.
The Council will determine:
- the level of creativity and distinctiveness displayed in the ensemble’s programming;
- the ensemble’s capacity to generate high-quality professional performances; and
- the level of authenticity and distinctiveness displayed in the composer’s artistic voice;
- the ability of the submitted musical examples to sustain a listener’s attention over their entire length.
Thematic Fit (30 points)
The Council will evaluate whether the qualified submission:
- proposes a relevant thematic fit to the objectives of the Azrieli Music Prizes;
- presents one or more of the AMP-winning works in the best way imaginable, in accordance with world class professional standards;
- offers an authentic expression of the ensemble’s current and past programming; and
- produces productive intercultural understandings through a rich consideration of what Jewish and Canadian music is and can be.
Capacity (20 points)
The Council will evaluate the qualified submissions for the ensembles’ ability to execute their concert projects as proposed.
Can the proposal be realistically and successfully achieved? Does the ensemble demonstrate enough previous experience to assure the Council that it will deliver on its proposal on time and on budget? Has the ensemble’s leadership allocated adequate resources to meet the expected standard of achievement?
Those proposals for which the Council can answer these questions in the affirmative will advance in the competition.