Celebrating Orchestra Musicians' Inspiring Community Work
The League is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to all of our programs so that we can act responsibly. At this time, the Ford Musician Awards are on hold.
Orchestra musicians are devoting increased personal resources to community engagement activities that extend beyond the concert hall. To recognize the commitment of these extraordinary musicians and the impact of their work, the League of American Orchestras seeks nominations and applications for the 2020 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service. Now in its fifth year, the awards program, made possible through the generosity of Ford Motor Company Fund, celebrates and honors these professionals, their orchestras, and their communities.
Musicians can apply by themselves, or an orchestra may apply on a musician’s behalf.
For a deeper look into the impact Ford musicians are making in their communities, check out these two resources: the 2017-2019 winner videos, and this article highlighting the 2017 awardees in the League's Symphony magazine.
About the Awards
- Five musicians will be selected through a competitive application process.
- Each winner will receive a cash award of $2,500, complimentary registration to the League’s National Conference, roundtrip airfare to Minneapolis, and hotel accommodations.
- The winning musician’s orchestra will receive a grant of $2,500 to support professional development for its roster of musicians.
- One staff member from the orchestra will receive complimentary registration to the League’s National Conference, roundtrip airfare to Minneapolis, and hotel accommodations.
- Your orchestra must be a League member in good standing. Youth, collegiate, and international orchestras are not eligible.
- The community engagement work you do is performed under the auspices of your orchestra.
- You must be a full-time member of the orchestra, with at least one year’s employment at the time of application. Substitute musicians and conductors are not eligible.
- You have been performing this community engagement work for at least one full calendar year.
- You and a representative from your orchestra must be available to attend the League’s National Conference, June 10-12,2020 to receive the award.
- At the National Conference, you agree to attend the Annual Meeting & Luncheon to accept your award and participate as a speaker in a community engagement and education session featuring the Ford Musician Awards winners.
- Awardees and their orchestras will produce a 3- to 5-minute video showcasing their work which will be presented during the National Conference and to be featured on the League's website.
- A $1,000 honorarium will be provided to assist in the production of this video.
- Examples can be found at our Ford Musician Awards website.
- Past applicants are encouraged to apply again. Previous winners are not eligible.
- We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who have been historically underrepresented in the orchestra field.
Recipients of the 2019 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service were celebrated at the League's National Conference in Nashville.
Photo Credit: Alan Poizner
The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service, a program of the League of American Orchestras, are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.