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The deadline is approaching to nominate an artist, arts organization, cultural leader or a Toronto business for the Toronto Arts Foundation Awards. The deadline for nominations is March 2, 2015 at 5 pm.

Toronto Arts Foundation is accepting nominations for the following awards:

The Arts for Youth Award is a $15,000 cash prize established in 2007 by Martha Burns, Jim Fleck and Sandra and Jim Pitblado. The award celebrates an individual, collective or organization that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to engaging Toronto’s youth through the arts and artistic creation. The winner of the Award will receive a $15,000 cash prize, with each finalist receiving $2,000 each. This Finalist Award was established in 2010 through the generous donation of Diana Bennett and Spencer Lanthier.

The 2015 Toronto Arts and Business Award will celebrate a local business that has sponsored the arts for the first time and made an important contribution to the arts in Toronto through innovative, transformative and entrepreneurial partnerships. Established in 2006, this award is presented in partnership with Toronto Arts Foundation, Business for the Arts and The Toronto Star.

The Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award is a $10,000 cash prize, with finalists receiving $1,000. The award celebrates the accomplishments and future potential of an emerging Toronto artist working in any discipline. Established in 2006, the award is generously sponsored by Susan Crocker and John Hunkin to support the development or completion of new work. The award given to finalist honourees was established in 2014 through the generous donation of the Bulmash-Siegel Fund.

Margo Bindhardt and Rita Davies Award: The Margo Bindhardt and Rita Davies Award is a $10,000 cash prize. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated creative cultural leadership in the development of arts and culture in Toronto. Administrators, volunteers, artists and creators are eligible for consideration. The Margo Bindhardt and Rita Davies Award is presented biennially.

Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Music: The Muriel Sherrin Award is a $10,000 cash prize. The award is presented to an artist or creator who has made a contribution to the cultural life of Toronto through outstanding achievement. The recipient will also have participated in international initiatives, including touring, studying abroad and participating in artist exchanges. The award rotates from music to dance in alternating prize years. In 2015 the award will be made in the field of music.

The deadline for nominations is March 2, 2015 at 5 pm.

You can find more information on the awards, eligibility and nomination form on the Toronto Arts Foundation Website: http://www.torontoartsfoundation.org/awards

About Toronto Arts Foundation
Toronto Arts Foundation is a charitable organization that provides the opportunity for individuals, private and public foundations, corporations and government agencies to invest in and strengthen the arts in Toronto. We are powered by our vision Creative City: Block by Block, a commitment to connect every Toronto neighbourhood to the transformative social and economic benefits of the arts.

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