The Foundation of Greater Montréal is proud to support the Mécénat Musica program for cultural philanthropy, through the management of a share of its matching funds. We are glad to share this announcement.

Montreal, September 13, 2022 – The 2022-23 winners for the third edition of the $50,000 Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes announced today in Montreal will create four new contemporary Canadian operas to be premiered in 2024. Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes 2022-23 is awarded to teams of emerging Canadian female or non-binary composers and librettists in three categories: French Language work, work by BIPOC creators (Black, Indigenous or Person of Colour), and English Language work. Winners receive seed funding, mentorship and dramaturgy by opera composer & dramaturg Luna Pearl Woolf, and funding support for a musical workshop.

Winners 2022-23 Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes
  • French Language work: Analia Llugdar, composer (Montréal/Argentina)
  • Indigenous (BIPOC) work: Alejandra Odgers, composer (Montréal/Mexico) & Nicole O’Bomsawin, librettist (Odanak, Québec)
  • English Language work: Rebecca Gray, composer and Rachel Gray, librettist (Ottawa)
  • French Language work – Encouragement Prize: Danaë Ménard-Bélanger, composer & Maïa Ménard-Bélanger, librettist (Montréal)

Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes is an initiative by Montreal’s Musique 3 Femmes (M3F), Ensemble Vocal Arts-Québec and Mécénat Musica dedicated to developing new operas by emerging female and non-binary Canadian creators who demonstrate extraordinary promise in opera creation. The biennial award supports emerging female and non-binary composers and librettists through commission funding for new works, mentorship with industry professionals, and funding support for a musical workshop. The 2022-23 jury comprised of M3F’s Kristin Hoff and Jennifer Szeto, and guest jurors Luna Pearl Woolf, composer, dramaturg, CEO of Oxingale Music, and Jaap Nico Hamburger, Mécénat Musica Composer-In-Residence.


Founded in 2018, Musique 3 Femmes (M3F) is a non-profit ensemble fostering the next generation of Canadian female and non-binary opera creators. Led by artists Kristin Hoff and Jennifer Szeto, M3F will present a Canadian world premiere double-bill Sept 2022 in Berlin with ufaFabrik in operas by Anna Pidgorna and Laurence Jobidon and a co-production of Keiko Devaux’s first full-length opera, with JUNO Award-nominated Ensemble Paramirabo in February 2023.


Recipient of PRIX OPUS Musical Event of the Year 2020, Ensemble vocal Arts-Québec is a professional choir steeped in the grand traditions of choral music in Québec, with the mission to present professional choral music in Quebec, Canada and internationally.


Mécénat Musica is a cultural program by donors for donors. Mécénat Musica program has created $81,000,000 of in perpetuity capital for Québec cultural organizations with large donations from more than 500 Mécénat Musica individuals and families.