The Henwood Family Prize for Emerging Artists


Launched in 2023, this generous prize is intended to celebrate and discover young emerging contemporary songwriters and performers. Winners receive cash prizes and the opportunity to be featured in a live concert on the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Alix Goolden Performance Hall stage, and potentially on other stages, as well as to be professionally recorded. The Henwood Family Prize for Emerging Artists aims to inspire more youth to follow their dreams towards a career in the music industry, and is therefore especially valuable for young emerging musicians considering such a career as Performer/Creator of Contemporary Music (eg. jazz, rock, pop, folk, R&B, funk, electronica, hip-hop, fusion, etc.).

Two $1000 prizes will be awarded:

  • Best Original Contemporary Song
  • Best Performance of a Contemporary Song

Eligibility Criteria

Open to any youth between 12 and 21 years of age as of the application deadline, residing on Vancouver Island South-Island area (up to and including Nanaimo), or the Gulf Islands.

Application Process
  • Applications are due by 6:00 PM PDT, Wednesday May 29, 2024.
  • There is no application fee for this competition.
  • To complete information about the Henwood Family Prize for Emerging Artists, including rules and application process, please follow this link:

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