The winners of the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year next month in Riga will receive prize money.
The prize for winning Eurovision Choir of the Year has been revealed by the European Broadcasting Union. Nine choirs will be competing in Riga, Latvia not only to be named Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017, but also for the chance to win prize money.
Eurovision Choir of the Year is not the only Eurovision event to offer a prize for winning the competition. Eurovision Young Musicians gives 10,000 Euro to its winner, while second place receives 7,000 Euro and third receives 3,000 Euro. Furthermore, Eurovision Young Dancers offers a winners prize of 7,000 Euro.
Eurovision Choir of the Year will be held for the first time on July 22 in Riga, Latvia as part of the European Choir Games. The European Broadcasting Union has partnered with Interkultur to create this latest Eurovision family event, and both hope to see the format develop into a yearly event.
Competing in the contest are:
- Austria (ORF) – Hardchor Linz
- Belgium (RTBF) – Les Pastoureaux
- Denmark (DR) – Academic Choir of Aarhus
- Estonia (ERR) – Estonian TV Girls’ Choir
- Germany (WDR) – Jazzchor Freiburg
- Latvia (LTV) – Spīgo
- Slovenia (RTVSLO) – Carmen Manet
- Hungary (MTVA) – Bela Bartok Male Choir
- Wales (S4C) – Côr Merched Sir Gâr
The Choirs competing in the contest will perform once for up to 6 minutes. The performance can include one or several works, of any genre, and “should in part reflect national or regional character in some way”.
16:10 BST – Article updated following information from the EBU confirming the winner will receive prize money and not a recording contract.