Musical America has announced that Joan Tower is elected Composer of the Year 2020.
The young American composer and music pioneer Kelley Sheehan has won the Gaudeamus Award 2019. This Dutch award was presented to her in Utrecht on 8 September.
Austrian composer and pianist Thomas Larcher has won the "Großen Österreichischen Staatspreis" (Great Austrian State Prize) for this year.
The MacArthur Foundation has awarded New York composer Julia Wolfe a ‘Genius Grant’.
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music has received a generous gift of $100,000 from Sara Horner (’79).
The first edition of the Premio Museo Liceo Egipcio, a Spanish cultural prize, is won by Cristóbal Halffter in the music category.
Film music composer Gabriel Yared will receive the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award at the Hollywood in Vienna gala on October 19.
Composer Ellen Reid has won the Pulitzer Prize for Music with her composition "p r i s m", which is her debut opera.
The famous Italian composer Ennio Morricone, now 90 years old, has received the Pontifical Gold Medal.
The Argentinean-born Swiss composer Francisco Obieta was honored by the city of Sankt Gallen, by giving him the Anerkennungspreis (recognition prize).
For his project "Exartikulations", French composer Hervé Birolini has received the QuattroPole Music Prize.
The 2019 edition of a prestigious French award — Le Grand Prix Lycéen des Compositeurs — was won by the young French composer Jules Matton.
This October American film music composer Marco Beltrami will be a special guest at the Ghent Film Festival in Belgium.
On 11 March Vanessa Lann received the Buma Award Classical. She received this Dutch award because she was the most succesful Dutch composer of 2018.
On 14 March, German composer Wolfgang Rihm will receive the "Deutsche Musikautorenpreis" (German Music Author Prize). Rihm receives the award for his lifetime achievement.
The League of American Orchestras' highest honor, the Gold Baton, will be presented to American composer Joan Tower.
The XXXVI Premio Reina Sofía de Composición Musical (Queen Sofía Prize for Music composition) was awarded to Spanish composer Juan Cruz-Guevara.
The 2019 Erasmus Prize — €150,000 — was won by John Adams. He receives the prestigeous award in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts in Europe.
Finish composer, conduct and pianist Olli Mustonen has won the 2019 Hindemith Prize.
The city of Hamburg, Germany, has awarded South-Korean composer Unsuk Chin with the 2019 Bach Prize.