One of the world’s greatest music and media artists, Glenn Gould recorded regularly in New York and travelled as far as Russia, but always returned to his hometown Toronto. Now Ontario’s capital continues to honour the arts and Gould’s legacy by allocating more funds to The Glenn Gould Foundation.
TORONTO — “We are extremely grateful for the City’s vote of confidence and support for our work,” says Brian Levine, Executive Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation. “The Glenn Gould Foundation is internationally identified with the City of Toronto and every year, Glenn Gould’s legacy draws visitors to Toronto from around the world. This financial contribution will help advance our efforts to continue to promote Glenn Gould as a life-long and proud Torontonian.”
Traditionally, The Glenn Gould Foundation receives $15 000 every three years to directly award the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize to a young achiever as chosen by each Glenn Gould Prize Laureate, the Foundation’s signature accolade. The most recent Protégé was internationally celebrated conductor Gustavo Dudamel (LA Philharmonic), selected by Eighth Prize Laureate, Dr. José Antonio Abreu who founded El Sistema, Venezuela’s free music education program for children and youth. As of this year’s City budget, The Glenn Gould Foundation will now receive the $15 000 annually to support its mission.
“The annual grant of $15,000 not only will support the Protégé Prize, which the City has sponsored since 1995, but will now grow the prominence of the Glenn Gould Prize,” says City Councillor Kyle Rae. Councillor Rae is the designated Council representative on The Glenn Gould Foundation Board of Directors.
The Glenn Gould Foundation’s current task is continuing to elevate the status of its Glenn Gould Prize to an international symbol of excellence in music and communication as reflected by Gould’s unprecedented artistic career. Aiming to honour future Laureates in the same meaningful fashion as Abreu—who received a week-long celebration of educational and musical events in Toronto last October that featured his critically acclaimed Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela—this additional funding “will assist in elevating the Prize to the position of global pre-eminence among arts awards,” says Levine.
The Glenn Gould Foundation’s mandate is to honour Glenn Gould’s spirit and legacy by celebrating brilliance, promoting creativity and transforming lives through the power of music and the arts with the Foundation's signature activities, including The Glenn Gould Prize.