Instituted over a dozen years ago, the Prix Québec-Flandre is awarded in recognition of a talented contemporary music composer or performer active in either cultural communities. It is the result of a partnership between the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec, the Vooruit Cultural Centre, the respective ministries of culture for the Flemish community and the province of Québec, the Québec ministry of international relations, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and Société Radio-Canada.

Through this award, the Québécois and Flemish governments are able to showcase the talents of avant-garde musical artists at the international level, and to encourage exchange between concert producers and performers and composers. Since the year 2000, eligibility for the prize has been limited to composers, with two to ten years of professional experience. Awarded every two years alternately in each of the communities, the prize is accompanied by a grant of eight thousand dollars. The jury, made up of Québécois and Flemish composers and performers, selects a work by a composer from one of these communities depending on the year of alternation. Winning Flemish compositions are programmed for the regular concert season of the SMCQ, while chosen Québécois pieces are performed in Ghent as part of the Vooruit Cultural Centre’s activities.

Composing in the Present!

The SMCQ has been moving in step with the lively rhythms of new music for almost fifty years. With its regular concert season, its Série hommage (Homage Series), an international festival, and a young listener’s programme, the society has served both as a platform for today’s composers and as a window on creative works for everyone.

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