2018 Rozsa Award photos by Diane + Mike Photography

The Rozsa Award

About the Award

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 thanks to our valued partnerships, 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.

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.

We thank our 2018 partners for their educational and consultation benefits, valued at $100,000, provided to the Rozsa Award recipient. Our partners include: University of Alberta – Alberta School of BusinessBanff Centre for Arts and CreativityCKUA Radio NetworkDeloitte, Good CompanyUniversity of Calgary – Haskayne School of BusinessTranscend Management AdvisorsRoss W Marsh Consulting Group, and Vital Business Systems. ​

What is the Award process?

The Rozsa Foundation releases a Call for Nominations each spring, inviting eligible arts organizations to nominate their executive directors or managers based on the Stage One Nomination Criteria. When the nomination deadline passes, the Rozsa Award Jury reviews the pool of nominees, weighing their achievements against the Stage Two Award Criteria, which takes into account the nominees' managerial innovation, positive impact, board engagement, enhancement of internal administrative systems, implementation of strategic alliances and partnerships, community engagement, provision of staff opportunities and development, and transformational impact on their organization. Nominators' effective articulation of how their nominees fit these criteria is essential to the Rozsa Award Jury.

Following the jury's deliberation, a shortlist of three nominees is selected. Shortlisted nominees are notified in early Fall, and the announcement is made public. The award recipient is announced during the Rozsa Award Celebration, usually in October.

The 2018 Award for Excellence includes:

  • $10,000 cash prize to the recipient from the Rozsa Foundation

  • $10,000 cash prize to 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 for Arts and Creativity – 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)

  • Good Company - $3000 in web and print design and consultation services.

  • Haskayne School of Business (consultative and research services - marketing audit worth $10,000)

  • Deloitte (consulting worth $24,000)

  • 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)

  • Vital Business Systems provides funding for technology ($2000)

Read about the 2018 Rozsa Award Shortlist HERE.

"Receiving the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Administration is quite unlike any other such recognition. For the past year I have been immersed in the Rozsa Award. Not only does one receive the accolades this honor implies but one lives the award for the entire year. The benefits of the award have touched every corner of my organization providing immediate and long-term payback and have also enhanced my capacity as an effective member of the cultural sector."

— Marilyn Smith, 2011 Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management

"The Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management has had an immediate and lasting positive effect on the Art Gallery of Alberta and on my own approach to leadership within that organization."

 — Tony Luppino, 2007 Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management

"Decidedly Jazz used the Rozsa Award funds towards our Customer Relations Management program. We were successful in refining our strategic marketing plan; making considerable and valuable investment in developing and building the capacity and core competency of our Marketing/Development staff and gained immense insight through the research we conducted. On the consulting side, the expert legal opinion rendered has enabled us to deal with the changes to the Canada Revenue act which directly effected our HR practises. I thank you personally and on behalf of Decidedly Jazz for what the Award has helped us to achieve."

— Kathi Sundstrom, 2005 Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management

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