Barbara Hannigan bags 100 grand

Barbara Hannigan bags 100 grand


norman lebrecht

February 02, 2019

The Canadian soprano and conductor has been named winner of Denmark’s Léonie Sonning Music Prize for 2020. It’s worth 100,000 Euros.

Do agents take a cut of these prizes? Just wondering.


  • Talking about Hannigan (in English):


  • X.Y. says:

    Question: Do agents take a cut of these prizes?

    Answer: In this case no (I know it for sure). And some enlightened artists even use such prizes to finance projects.

  • Minutewaltz says:

    ‘Do agents take a cut of these prizes? Just wondering’

    An artist friend of ours fell out with his agent over this. He won a valuable art prize and his agent took the same cut as he’d have got from the sale of a painting.
    The artist claimed the agent hadn’t done anything to help him win the prize and demanded the money back.

    • norman lebrecht says:

      The artist is right. I’m hearing this practice is creeping in among agents.

      • Tiredofitall says:

        That is disturbing. Please…did the agent arrange the prize?

        (By the way, Miss Hannigan is BRILLIANT.)

        • Saxon Broken says:

          What if the agent arranged the sales of paintings and a show at a major museum that resulted in the prize?

          For a singer: perhaps the agent arranged the singer to sing at the correct places at the correct time in the correct role, and for the right critics to attend…

          Always a bit more complicated.

  • Ben says:

    Another proof that fake classical music is alive and well.