About the Rozsa Award

Why Was It Created?

The Rozsa Foundation wished to honor the philanthropy of Drs. Ted and Lola Rozsa who had combined their love of the arts with an insistence upon good business practice.  The idea of creating an award was attractive because it would impact more than one arts organization and effectively leverage the $20,000 Edmund C. Bovey prize monies which Dr. Ted Rozsa received in 2002. Research showed that there was little support for administrative effort in the arts sector, that many middle management positions had been eliminated due to funding cuts in the 1990’s and that many seasoned arts managers were rapidly approaching retirement. Thus the goal of the Rozsa Award was to recognize, promote and celebrate excellence in arts management in order to make the field more attractive for future leaders.

How Was It Created?

The Rozsa Foundation collaborated with the Alberta Performing Arts Stabilization Fund, the Centre for Non-Profit Management (now known as CentrePoint Non-Profit Management) and the Calgary Professional Arts Alliance to develop the Award eligibility, criteria and nomination process. Seed monies were donated by Dr. Ted Rozsa and matched by the Rozsa Foundation, Ms. Sharon Watkins and Mr. Jim Stanford.

What is the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management?

The annual Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management is unique in Canada because of the value and variety of benefits it provides. Through provision of public profile, a monetary prize, educational and professional development opportunities, the award has always combined recognition of individual excellence and support for the recipient’s arts organization. Started as a regional prize, the Award is now provincial in scope.

Additional Arts Management Awards

In the past, the Rozsa Foundation has offered various Special Achievement Awards to complement the Award for Excellence in Arts Management, and in 2007 described this recognition as the extraordinary innovation in meeting or exceeding one of the seven criteria for the main award. The second annual award was aptly named The Rozsa Innovation Award.

In 2008, The Rozsa Award for Education was introduced to acknowledge provision of outstanding opportunities for audience and/or professional artist development through education in the context of annual performance or exhibition. In 2009, the criteria for was modified and the third arts management award was renamed The Rozsa Human Resources Award for outstanding provision of opportunities by the company for staff, volunteer or professional artist development. In 2016 the Rozsa Foundation chose to present only one award, the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management.

In response to the recommendation from past recipients, in 2015, the Board agreed that on a go-forward basis, there would only be one annual award presented.

The 2017 Award for Excellence includes:

  • $10,000 cash prize from the Rozsa Foundation
  • $10,000 cash prize for their organization from the Rozsa Foundation
  • Unique glass sculpture created by artist Julia Reimer from the Rozsa Foundation
  • University of Alberta School of Business (one seat in Management Essentials ($7195) or Executive Program ($10,995) depending on eligibility, two tickets to their Canadian Business Leaders Award Dinner, one ticket to an Eric Geddes business breakfast lecture, and one ticket to their golf tournament) (TOTAL Value: $7880 - $11,680))
  • Banff Centre – Lougheed Leadership provides free tuition for one open enrolment leadership development program ($3250-$5500)
  • CKUA – 2-3 minute interview with award winner and 20 congratulatory ads ($1670)
  • Haskayne School of Business (consultative and research services - marketing audit worth $10,000)
  • Deloitte (consulting worth $24,000)
  • Structured Abstraction (strategic planning for online communications $5250)
  • Transcend Management (consulting on board succession plan – worth $3500)
  • Ross W Marsh Consulting Group Inc provides consultation for a Fund Development Assessment and Plan ($14,000)
  • Business Vital Systems provides funding for technology ($2000)

Eligibility details and information on the nomination process will be available starting March 27th.

More information:

History of the Rozsa Award

The Rozsa Award Jury

Partners and Impact of the Rozsa Award

Rozsa Award Artists