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The nomination period for the 2017 ISPA Awards to be presented at the New York 2017 Congress is now closed.Thank you to those who submitted a nomination! Awardees will be announced in November.

 

As a leadership network, ISPA is committed not only to providing leadership development opportunities, but also recognizing excellence in the performing arts globally. There is an annual call for award nominations. All nominations are reviewed by the Nominating Committee Members and then a slate of nominees is recommended to the Board of Directors for approval. Hosts of the International Congresses may also elect to present awards to individuals or organizations of distinction from their region. The awards are presented at ISPA Congresses.

The ISPA Awards include:

ISPA Awards

Distinguished Artist Award
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International Citation of Merit
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Patrick Hayes Award
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Angel Award
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Distinguished Artist Award

The Distinguished Artist Award is presented to artists who have made an outstanding contribution of talent, artistry, dedication, and service to the world of the performing arts. The contributions of these award recipients have gone above and beyond their prowess as artists. Recipients of the Distinguished Artist Award have included:

  • 2016 | Bill T. Jones, Archie Roach AM
  • 2015 | David Henry HwangKirsten DehlholmNils Landgren
  • 2014 | Tan DunTotó la Momposina
  • 2013 | David Lang, Krzysztof Pederecki
  • 2012 | Mark Morris, Byungki Hwang
  • 2011 | Karen Kain, Akram Khan, Michael Levine, Luc Plamondon
  • 2010 | Ruža Pospiš Baldani, Eliza Gerner, Nicholas Hytner, Milko Šparemblek
  • 2009 | Anna Deavere Smith, Nelson Freire, Grupo Corpo, Fernanda Montenegro
  • 2008 | Emerson String Quartet, Dr. John Kani, Prof. Joseph Shabalala
  • 2007 | Regina Carter
  • 2006 | Madame Pak Suet-sin, Lin Hwai-min, Gilberto Gil
  • 2005 | Audra McDonald, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
  • 2004 | Alejandro Luna Ledesma, Fernando de la Mora
  • 2003 | Ong Keng Sen, Sardono W. Kusumo, Ravi Shankar
  • 2002 | Evelyn Glennie, Van Cliburn
  • 2001 | Peter Sculthorpe, Tan Dun
  • 2000 | Laurie Anderson, Pina Bausch
  • 1999 | Maureen Forrester, Cleo Laine & John Dankworth
  • 1998 | Max Roach, Elisabeth Sšderstršm
  • 1997 | Yehudit Arnon, Leon Fleisher
  • 1996 | Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Simon Rattle, Twyla Tharp
  • 1995 | Eliot Carter, Oscar Peterson
  • 1994 | Erick Hawkins, Stephen Sondheim, Teresa Stratas, Dame Joan Sutherland, Mandawuy Yunupingu
  • 1993 | Cab Callaway, Merce Cunningham, Julliard String Quartet, Christa Ludwig, Kurt Masur
  • 1992 | Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss, Skitch Henderson, Amalia Hernandez, Marcel Marceau, Jean Pierre Rampal, Tony Randall
  • 1991 | Herb Alpert, Ion Caramitru, Henry Mancini, Anna Sokolow, Billy Taylor
  • 1990 | Sir Colin Davis, Bella Lewitzky, Peter Sellars, Peter Serkin
  • 1989 | Gerald Arpino, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Philip Glass, Sherrill Milnes
  • 1988 | Elly Ameling, James Levine, Marvin Hamlisch, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Alwin Nikolais
  • 1987 | Robert Brustein, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Peter Schickele, Edward Villella, Andre Watts
  • 1986 | William Schuman, Michael Tilson Thomas, Suzanne Farrell, John Houseman, Dave Brubeck
  • 1985 | Isaac Stern, Leontyne Price, Paul Taylor, Ruth Gordon, Peter Nero
  • 1984 | Itzhak Perlman, Alvin Ailey, Roger Stevens, George Shearing
  • 1983 | Leonard Slatkin, Arthur Mitchell, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
  • 1982 | Roberta Peters, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Joshua Logan, Benny Goodman
  • 1981 | Eugene Ormandy, Robert Joffrey, Pat Carroll, Victor Borge
  • 1980 | Rise Stevens, Lucia Chase, Hal Holbrook, Ferrante & Teicher
  • 1979 | Rudolf Serkin, Celia Franca, Fred Waring
  • 1978 | Alexander Schneider, Jerome Robbins, Helen Hayes 1977 Arthur Fiedler, Agnes de Mille, Joseph Papp
  • 1976 | Arthur Rubinstein, Martha Graham
  • 1975 | Beverly Sills

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International Citation of Merit

The International Citation of Merit is presented for unique lifetime achievement which has enriched the international performing arts. This award is not for performance but rather for distinguished service working within the profession. For example work as a manager (artist/company/venue), in education, marketing and public relations, consultancy, festival director, acoustician, architect and other associated activities. Recipients may be a past or current member of ISPA. Past recipients of the International Citation of Merit include:

  • 2016 | Claudia Toni, Sue Nattrass AO
  • 2015 | Graham Sheffield CBE
  • 2014 | Ann Summers DossenaOctavio Arbelaez
  • 2013 | Russell Willis Taylor
  • 2012 | Sir Clive Gillinson, Julia H. Moon
  • 2011 | Anthony Field
  • 2010 | Byron Gustafson, Martijn Sanders
  • 2009 | Maestro José Antonio Abreu
  • 2008 | Edna Landau, Dr. Miriam Makeba
  • 2007 | Paul Kellogg
  • 2006 | Robyn Archer, Prof. Lo King-man
  • 2005 | Robert Harth, Dorothy Heathcote
  • 2004 | Palacio de Bellas Artes
  • 2003 | Val Bourne
  • 2002 | Lotfi Mansouri
  • 2001 | Robert Mann
  • 2000 | Ellen Stewart, Kenneth Tribe
  • 1999 | Dr. Walter Turnbull
  • 1998 | Russell Johnson
  • 1997 | Thea Dispeker
  • 1996 | David Brierly, Harvey Lichtenstein

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Patrick Hayes Award

Patrick Hayes was the founding president of the International Society for the Performing Arts Foundation, originally established in 1948 as the National Association of Concert Managers. The Patrick Hayes Award, the only award from an ISPA member to an ISPA member, recognizes an ISPA member of long standing and continued involvement whose achievements in arts management are deserving of special praise and recognition. Former recipients of the Patrick Hayes award include:

  • 2016 | Linda Brumbach
  • 2015 | Susan Stockton
  • 2014 | Géza Kovács
  • 2013 | Benson Puah
  • 2012 | Charles S. Cutts
  • 2011 | Martha H. Jones
  • 2010 | Elizabeth Bradley
  • 2009 | Robert Gilder
  • 2008 | Judith Lisi
  • 2007 | David Staples
  • 2006 | Ruth Felt
  • 2005 | Shelton g. Stanfill
  • 2003 | Ken Fischer
  • 2002 | Anthony Field
  • 2001 | Douglas Wheeler
  • 2000 | Frank Salomon
  • 1999 | Judith Allen & Sheldon Soffer
  • 1997 | Herbert Barrett
  • 1996 | Eckard Heintz
  • 1994 | Clinton Norton
  • 1993 | Joseph Golden
  • 1989 | Earl Williams
  • 1987 | Walter Pierce
  • 1986 | William Thurnauer
  • 1985 | Shelton Gold
  • 1984 | Gail Rector
  • 1983 | Ruth McCreery
  • 1981 | Betty C. Connors
  • 1980 | Patrick Hayes

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Angel Award

The Angel Award is presented to an individual or organization which has demonstrated a significant and lasting contribution to the support of the performing arts which transcends the boundaries of one country or institution, and merits international recognition. With a priority on philanthropy, in extraordinary circumstances, this achievement may also reflect outstanding leadership, advocacy, innovation, scholarship, or curatorship. Recent recipients of the Angel Award include:

Recent recipients of the Angel Award include:

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Extraordinary Award

Presented in 2005 to Walter Homburger for his remarkable career over six decades, during which he shaped the careers of many top artists as well as the National Ballet of Canada, and the Toronto Symphony. Mr Homburger joined ISPA when it was founded in 1949.

Presented in 2005 to the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative which was launched in 2002 to bring great international artistic masters together with young artists of extraordinary potential in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. This biennial initiative supports the five artistic disciplines of dance, literature, music, theatre arts and visual arts.

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