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The MARTY Awards – 2023 Nominations

Celebrating the Greatest Achievements in Mississauga’s Arts Sector

The Mississauga Arts Awards (MARTYS) are the Mississauga Arts Council’s annual award celebration honouring outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts and cultural activity in our city.  Each year we seek to recognize honourees whose work helps transform and advance our communities through art. For the last 27 years, the MARTYS have been the city’s most distinguished red-carpet event for recognizing established and emerging artists.

2023 MARTYS Nominations are NOW OPEN!

Nominations for the 28th Annual Mississauga Arts Awards are now open. We encourage professional artists who are residents of the City of Mississauga, have a significant connection to Mississauga, or have made a major contribution to the arts within Mississauga to submit a nomination.

Please see below for important information on how to submit your nomination.
Nominations are due Monday, March 13, 2023, by 9:00 A.M.

How to submit your 2023 MARTY Award Nomination:

STEP 1:

Download and read the 2023 MARTY Nomination guidelines here: https://www.mississaugaartscouncil.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/The-MARTYS-2023GuidelinesandCriteria.pdf

STEP 2:

Prepare the required information and documents to submit your nomination.
Still have questions? Watch the virtual information session recording for more information about MARTY nominations and submission requirements.
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vllQSVSfiJE

STEP 3:

Complete the nomination webform and submit your documents through the webforms (listed below).

DEADLINE for all Nominations is Monday, March 13, 2023 by 9:00 AM. No late or incomplete submissions will be considered.

If you require accessibility support to complete your nomination form, please email martyawards@macarts.ca, please allow up to two business days for a response.

Nomination Forms for the 2023 MARTY Awards:

Nominations are due Monday, March 13, 2023 by 9:00 A.M.

Artistic Excellence Award Submissions:

To submit a 2023 MARTY nomination for the Artistic Excellence Awards (Established or Emerging Categories), please complete the nomination form here: https://form.jotform.com/Mississauga_Arts/MARTYS23ArtisticExcellenceAwards

Note: This form is for Established and Emerging categories in all artistic disciplines: Dance, Film/Video Arts, Literary Arts, Music – Group, Music – Instrumental, Music – Solo Vocalist, Theatre Arts, Visual Art – Multimedia Arts, Visual Art – Public Art, & Visual Art – Traditional Forms.

Community Arts Award Submissions:

To submit a 2023 MARTY nomination for the Community Arts Group/Collective of the Year or Festival of the Year, please complete the nomination form here: https://form.jotform.com/Mississauga_Arts/MARTYS23ArtsGroup_Festival

To submit a 2023 Marty nomination for the Community Arts Awards (Lifetime Achievement, Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year), please complete the nomination form here: https://form.jotform.com/Mississauga_Arts/MARTYS23CommunityArtsAwards


MARTY Nomination Virtual Information Session

Missed our info session? Watch below!


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a professional artist?

Mississauga Arts Council supports the definition of a professional artist from the Canada Council for the Arts: A professional artist is an artist who; has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in an academic institution), is recognized as professional by his or her peers (artists working the same artistic tradition), is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity (if possible financially), has a history of public presentation or publication.

What if my artistic work falls into multiple categories? Which one should I choose?

MAC recognizes that many artistic forms could fit into more than one category, and we encourage you to reach out if you have any questions about which category would be most appropriate for your artistic practice. Please reach out to martyawards@macarts.ca if you have any questions, please allow up to two business days for a response.

Will MAC review my nomination materials and give me feedback?

MAC will not give you constructive feedback on the quality of your nomination materials. MAC can provide you with information about how to complete your nomination form and what components need to be submitted. 

Will I receive feedback from the jury?

No. The jury decisions are confidential and final. No feedback from jury members will be given to nominees. MAC can provide feedback on the quality or scope of application materials, but not on the jury decisions or artistic merit of an application.

How long should my letter of recommendation from my nominator be?

No longer than a page or 450 words.

What should my letter of recommendation from my nominator include?

We are looking for a letter of support (no longer than one page) from your nominator that explains the details of the achievements of the nominee (you) and why the nominator has chosen to nominate you.

Do I require my nominator to be from Mississauga? Am I allowed to have a friend or family member nominate me?

Your nominator can be from anywhere, we are looking for someone who can vouch on behalf of your accomplishments.

Who should I contact regarding any questions and inquiries I have about my nomination?

If you have read the guidelines and still have questions, you can contact martyawards@macarts.ca and we will answer any questions you may have. Please allow up to two business days for a response. Please note: MAC will not give you feedback on the quality of your nomination materials. MAC will provide you with information about how to complete your nomination form and what components need to be submitted. 

Will I be contacted if I am selected as a finalist?

Yes, you will be contacted by MAC if you are selected as a finalist in April of 2023. 

What happens if I am selected as a finalist?

You will need to complete the finalist acceptance form that will be sent to all finalists. If you are not already a member of MAC you will need to join. For more information about MAC membership, please contact Susan Durnin, Administration Lead at admin@mississaugaartscouncil.com. The MARTY Award ceremony is scheduled for May 11, 2023. All finalists are required to attend or have someone attend on their behalf. A decision as to whether the event will be virtual or in-person will be confirmed and communicated to all finalists. (Note: Attendance requirements may be different for a virtual event.)