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U-M's M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition is now accepting applications

Concert Artists Guild adds management services to U-M's grand prize package

University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance students outside of Ann Arbor's historic Hill Auditorium. (Credit: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance students outside of Ann Arbor's historic Hill Auditorium. (Credit: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan is now accepting applications for its 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, which will run May 3-6 at Hill Auditorium and will feature a grand prize of $100,000. The deadline for applicants is Jan. 15. 

To sweeten this year's grand prize, Concert Artists Guild is offering the full scope of their management services to the winner. CAG also will offer the first place M-Prize laureate ensemble in the strings, winds or open categories automatic entry into the CAG Competition semifinals in October.

What does that mean, exactly?

Winners of the competition will join the CAG roster, which means receiving comprehensive management support, concert bookings, marketing, publicity, mentorship and more. 

"With CAG's generous prize offer, M-Prize becomes even more valuable to our senior first-place laureates," said M-Prize Artistic Director Matt Albert, founding violinist/violist of the Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird and chair of SMTD's Department of Chamber Music. "We hope our competition can contribute to the world of chamber music, helping many different groups advance their careers more deeply than the isolation of a single spotlight. This collaboration realizes another big step in that direction."

How exactly did the partnership between CAG and M-Prize come about? It's simple: their common mission to discover outstanding young chamber ensembles and help launch their careers.

"I cannot imagine a more organic partnership, since our two organizations are so closely aligned," said Steve Shaiman, CAG's senior vice president and director of artist management. "The fact that four of CAG's current ensembles have had such successful experiences at M-Prize is a clear illustration of that."

The top ensembles in the three senior categories compete May 6 at Hill Auditorium in the Grand Prize Gala Concert. The event is free and open to the public and will be livestreamed online by Detroit Public Television for those who cannot attend.
 
For more information, visit M-Prize and join the conversation using #theMprize.