Don Banks Music Awards 2020

Islington United Church and its music staff are delighted to present the tenth annual Don Banks Music Awards. The purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage young musicians, and was established by the late Don Banks to unite two of his passions – the love of music, and the nurture of young people. Don was an elementary school principal in Etobicoke, and a respected and well-loved member of Islington United Church.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: February 21, 2020

Don Banks Music Awards 2020
Application Process
(Note: You can download a PDF of the
Application Process by clicking

These awards are open to candidates who:
•  Are 10 years old as of January 1, 2020, through to the conclusion of high school.
•  Are active in a school music program, and/or who study privately.
•  Live in Etobicoke, east Mississauga or west end Toronto, and/or have an IUC affiliation.
•  Did not win the competition previously.

1. All applicants will be invited to perform a live audition on Friday, March 27, 2020.
2. Successful short-listed candidates will be asked to perform at the FINAL competition
on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the 7:00 p.m. concert.
3. Winners at the final competition will receive a monetary scholarship.

•  Candidates must complete an application form, and submit necessary documentation. The application must include:
Completed application form which can be obtained by clicking here
b. Letter of support from their teacher or mentor.
c. Photocopy of the music they will play at the audition
Signed photograph release form which can be obtained by clicking here

•  Candidates will present two pieces in contrasting styles. Accompaniment is required for all vocal, string, woodwind, brass, or percussion performers unless the music is written as an unaccompanied solo. Any genre of music is acceptable.
•  Live auditions will take place on the evening of Friday, March 27, 2020 (approximately from 4:30-8:30 p.m.) at Islington United Church.
•  Application documents must be received by midnight on February 21, 2020
a. By email: (preferred method)
b. By mail:
  Islington United Church
  25 Burnhamthorpe Road, Islington, Ontario M9A 1G9
  Attention: Don Banks Music Awards, Catherine Richardson
c. In person: at the church office during office hours 416-239-1131

•  The competition falls into four main categories: Voice, Piano, Strings and Winds (Brass/Woodwinds).
•  During the audition, candidates may be asked to stop in the middle of their performance due to time limitations.
•  Audition results will be shared as soon as the results are finalized.
•  Short-listed candidates will be invited to perform in a festival/competition at Islington United Church on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
•  Short-listed candidates will be asked to perform one selection from their audition. Don Banks Music Awards Committee will make the selection based on suitability for the concert.
•  An original copy of your music must be provided for the adjudicators at the May 2, 2020 concert.
•  Winners will be announced at the end of the program on Saturday, May 2, 2020


All documents must be submitted by
Midnight Friday, February 21, 2020

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