Barbara Hannigan bags 100 grand

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.

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  • 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.

  • ‘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.

        • 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.

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