The Prix Michel Legrand was won to Uruguayan composer Florencia Di Concilio. It was the first time this film music price — initiated by Macha Méril, widow of Michel Legrand — was awarded.
The 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Music has been won by Cuban composer Tania León. She received the prize for her work “Stride”, which premiered at the Lincoln Center in New York in February 2020.
The Swis Music Prize (Schweizer Musikpreis) for 2021 has been awarded to avant garde composer Jürg Frey. In his compositions this Swiss composer has tried to give sound to silence.
On 30 May American composer John Adams will be rewarded the "Glashütte Original MusikFestspielPreis" 2021, on the occasion of the Dresdner Festspiele (Germany).
The 2020-2021 Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship, which aims to foster greater engagement in and recognition of composition and chamber music, was won by Elizabeth Younan.
This year's Goethe medal was awarded to Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa. The award is given by Germany for artists who have contributed to international cultural exchange.
In September finnish composer Kaija Saariaho will receive the Venice Biennale's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement. The opening day of this festival will be dedicated to Saariaho.
Film music composer and producer Hans Zimmer has won the Frankfurt am Main (Germany) Goetheplakette (Goethe Plaque).
Tirkish composer Mithatcan Öcal will receive the Hindemith composition prize on August 23 of this year during a concert to be held in .
This year's Ivor Composer Awards were won by Philip Venables for his stage work "Denis & Katya", and by Richard Blackford for his choral piece “Pietà”.
The 2020 Wihuri Sibelius Prize is won by Finnish composer Jukka Tiensuu. He is awarded a sum of €150.000.
The 2020 edition of the Venice Biennale for music has awarded Spanish composer Luis de Pablo with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
Swiss composer, singer, choral conductor and teacher André Ducret has received the Swiss prize for music. He received the prize in Lausanne on 17 September. Ducret mainly composes for choirs.
The 2020 Asturias Award for the Arts was won by film music composers John Williams and Ennio Morricone, According to the jury, the two composers have enriched hundreds of films thanks to their tale
The International Classical Music Award for 2020 in the composers category was won by the Spanish-Luxemburgish composer Ivan Boumans.
American composer and jazz pianist Anthony Davis has won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for music. He receives the award for opera “The Central Park Five,” which deals with racial injustice.
The Swiss composer, conductor, and oboist Heinz Holliger has been awarded an important German Prize: the Große Verdienstkreuz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Big Cross of Reward of the Ger
American composer, pianist, musicologist, and conductor Joshua Rifkin has received the Preis der Europäischen Kirchenmusik 2020 (European Church Music Prize 2020).