The Sullivan Foundation seeks talented young professional opera singers who show promise for significant careers.
Sullivan Award winners receive initial prizes of $10,000 and then are eligible for continuing grants to learn new roles, a unique aspect of the Foundation’s commitment to early career artists. More than 1,000 singers have earned Sullivan funding since 1957. Winners call the support “life-changing.”
2022 auditions will be held in New York on November 6 and 7. Audition applications are due August 29. Learn more and apply on the Foundation's website.
Applicants should have finished their academic training and sung at least one professional engagement with full orchestral accompaniment. There is no age limit, but singers should not yet be well-established solo artists. Application requirements include video samples with piano, an endorsement letter from a music professional (not a current or former personal teacher, coach or manager), and documentation of a professional solo engagement with full orchestra that opens after the auditions or in the six months prior (after May 5, 2022).
There are no application or audition fees. Limited travel reimbursement assistance is available for singers traveling to New York. Singers invited for a live audition must be available at least one of the audition dates. There are no callbacks or finals.
The Foundation encourages singers to review the application details and allow sufficient time to request and prepare the supporting materials. Applicants are welcome to send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foundation is monitoring public health advisories and venue protocols and will share any COVID protocols with audition invitations. These may include a requirement for proof of vaccination against COVID-19.