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THE SCOOP | The Glenn Gould Foundation Receives $12 Million Funding In Federal Budget

By Anya Wassenberg on April 19, 2024

L: Pianist Glenn Gould (Photo: Don Hunstein / Glenn Gould Foundation / Public domain); R: The Glenn Gould Prize (Photo courtesy of the Glenn Gould Foundation)
L: Pianist Glenn Gould (Photo: Don Hunstein / Glenn Gould Foundation / Public domain); R: The Glenn Gould Prize (Photo courtesy of the Glenn Gould Foundation)

The Glenn Gould Foundation has been allocated an additional $12 million in funding in the recently announced Canadian federal budget. The funding is intended to extend and amplify the Foundation’s international reach via the signature Glenn Gould Prize.

The funding will be received by the GGF over a five year period.

“As we reflect on 40 years of The Glenn Gould Foundation, we are immensely proud to have served as a cultural ambassador for Canada, following in the footsteps of the visionary Glenn Gould,” said Brian Levine, CEO and Executive Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation.

“The Glenn Gould Prize has symbolized our commitment to excellence, innovation, and humanitarianism in the arts on a global scale. This generous support from the Government of Canada reaffirms our belief in Canada’s role as a beacon of creativity and inclusivity. With this vote of confidence, we are emboldened to further elevate our cultural prominence among the community of nations and enrich the lives of Canadians through the arts, and the celebration of artistic heroes like Gould. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Hon. Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Heritage, the Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Finance and the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada for their unwavering support, which paves the way for a future brimming with possibility.”

The Glenn Gould Foundation was created in 1983, and has attained an international profile with The Glenn Gould Prize, recognizing people who have enriched the arts globally over a lifetime. The multidisciplinary award recognizes excellence and innovation in the fields of the arts, communications, technology, and humanitarian endeavours.

“The impact this funding will have on The Glenn Gould Prize and our Foundation’s domestic and international initiatives cannot be overstated. Glenn Gould was a brilliant futurist, whose impact on the world raises Canada’s cultural profile uniquely,” said Brendan Calder, Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Glenn Gould Foundation.

“This endowment will allow us to foster collaborations with diverse artists, scholars, and innovators worldwide, celebrating Gould’s legacy while pushing boundaries in music, technology, and education.”

The Glenn Gould Prize

Nominees for the GGP are chosen by public ballots every two years via a call for nominations, and can include a wide variety of artistic domains that include music, visual arts, film, literature, design, theatre, and technology.

The finalist is chosen by a diverse international jury of recognized artists and professionals.

The prize includes a cash award of $100,000, with an additional Glenn Gould Protégé Prize of $25,000 that is given to a young artist selected by the Laureate personally.

In previous years, GGP laureates have contributed to many projects, including Yo-Yo Ma’s contribution to the Toronto Music Garden, and Jessye Norman’s to Black History Month celebrations.

The last and 14th Glenn Gould Prize was awarded to conductor Gustavo Dudamel in September 2022.

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