Polaris Music Prize rises to $50,000

May 11, 2015

Tanya Tagaq 2014 Polaris Music Prize winner Tanya Tagaq 

The Polaris Music Prize just became a lot more appealing for nominees. The prize money is going up from $30,000 to $50,000. Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize and Gary Slaight, President of Slaight Music, made the announcement last Saturday, at the Slaight Music CMW Social. Slaight will be contributing the extra $20,000 as well as increasing the Short List prizes from $2,000 to $3,000.

Polaris also announced a new award – The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize. The award will honour Canadian albums from before the Prize was around. More details about dates and how the winners will be selected are to surface within the coming months.

Jordan said, while the money is very generous, they’re just “as excited to extend the Polaris conversation to the rich legacy of classic records from Canadian history. We get to officially pose a long time informal argument; what would be nominated for Polaris before it existed?”

The family has been proud supporters of the Prize for many years and Slaight said they wanted to celebrate the ten year mark by awarding more funds to the winners and nominees.

“In addition, we wanted to make a more lasting contribution. Launching The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize is the perfect way for our Family to show its appreciation for the greats of Canadian music through the respected Polaris filter.”

The Polaris Music Prize Long List announcement will head to Halifax, NS on June 16th. The forty titles will be announced at the world famous Carleton music venue and will run in conjunction with the team at Halifax Pop Explosion.

The Short List will be unveiled on July 16th at The Carlu in Toronto, and the Polaris Music Prize Gala will return to The Carlu for its third year, on Monday, September 21st.  The gala will be streamed live on Aux.tv.

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