Ditson Conductor's Award

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The Ditson Conductor's Award, established in 1945, is the oldest award honoring conductors for their commitment to the performance of American music. The US$5,000 purse endowed by the Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University was increased in 1999 from US$1,000.

Upon the death of Alice M. Ditson, widow of music publisher Charles H. Ditson, on 30 April 1940, her bequest to Columbia University was for "the encouragement and aide of musicians." From this was born fellowships, public hearings, publication of the work of talented musicians and the Ditson Conductors Award.

Ditson Conductor's Award recipients[edit]