The $5,000 award is designed to provide financial support to an emerging or early career artist working in any discipline, and can be used in any manner the recipient deems necessary to further her artistic goals. It is supported by funding granted to NYFA by the Canadian Women's Club (CWC) of New York as a way to continue its philanthropic work when it disbanded.
The Canadian Women Artists' Award is open to female Canadian citizens between the ages of 21 and 35 who are living and working in New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey, including students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. All applicants must be able to provide proof of Canadian citizenship.
Composer and musician Anna Webber was named the first-ever recipient of the Canadian Women Artists' Award. Webber, a British Columbia-born, Brooklyn-based composer, flutist, and saxophonist, was selected by a multidisciplinary panel of artists from a pool of 100 Canadian women artist applicants between the ages of 21 and 35 from across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Recent albums include the critically-acclaimed Binary (2016) and SIMPLE (2014), both through Skirl Records and recorded with her Simple Trio featuring drummer John Hollenbeck and pianist Matt Mitchell.