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Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts are annual awards created in 2006 by the Government of Ontario. The awards recognize the outstanding achievements of artists and arts organizations and their contributions to arts and culture in Ontario over a significant period of time.
 
The jury chosen by the Ontario Arts Council Awards Office for their expertise in the arts and cultural disciplines will evaluate candidates and select the awards’ laureates.

The awards are supported by the Government of Ontario. The total value of the awards is $120,000. This amount is divided into two categories of $60,000 each for: the Artist Award and the Arts Organization Award.

About the Artist Award

The Artist Award recognizes a professional artist.

One laureate will receive a cash award of $35,000. The laureate will nominate a promising new or emerging individual talent in the same field who will receive a cash award of $15,000.

Five short-listed finalists will each receive $2,000 and a framed certificate.

All artist and emerging talent candidates must be professional artists, Ontario residents, and Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

About the Arts Organization Award

The Arts Organization Award is given to an arts organization involved in the production and/or distribution of artistic work by professional artists.

One laureate will receive a cash award of $50,000.

Five short-listed finalists will each receive $2,000 and a framed certificate.

Candidates can be not-for-profit organizations or for-profit commercial enterprises. Their primary business must be part of the professional arts or cultural industries of Ontario. The organization must have a head office in Ontario and led by professional personnel.

2015 nomination deadline: December 1, 2014

2014 nominators will be notified of the results no earlier than June 2014.  

Any Ontario resident who enjoys and takes an interest in Ontario’s arts and cultural industries may nominate an artist or arts organization for the awards. You may submit a nomination in one category only, for either the Artist Award or the Arts Organization Award, not both, per year.

Candidates for the awards must be nominated by a third party. Candidates cannot apply to the awards or nominate themselves.

A candidate may receive one nomination only per year. If two or more nominations are made for a candidate, the Ontario Arts Council will consult with the candidate to see which nomination the candidate accepts; the other nomination(s) will be withdrawn.

For more information

Carolyn Gloude, Associate Awards Officer, 416-969-7423, toll free 1-800-387-0058 extension 7423, cgloude@arts.on.ca.

For a cumulative list of laureates PDF file (print version)