The Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation was founded in 1984 by Sir Ernest's sons, Keith and Ross MacMillan, with a donation from the MacMillan family. Additional funds have been obtained through the generosity of other donors.
The principal goal of the Foundation is to assist young musicians in their advanced education at the graduate level and in so doing commemorate a great Canadian and his unique career. More information on the MacMillan Foundation Award is provided at Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Award.
In 1993 the Foundation played a major role in celebrating the centenary of Sir Ernest's birth. It encouraged many commemorative activities throughout the country and collaborated with the Music Division of the National Library of Canada in presenting at Roy Thompson Hall part of the Library's comprehensive MacMillan exhibit.
The Foundation accepts donations from individuals and organizations interested in furthering the musical arts in Canada through its awards program. Donations are tax deductible.
Sir Ernest MacMillan, Companion of the Order of Canada and the only Canadian knighted for his significant and extraordinarily wide-ranging contributions to music, was the country's pre-eminent musician from the 1920s
through the 1950s. Sir Ernest's extraordinary contributions to the
development of music in Canada, as conductor, performer, composer,
administrator, lecturer, adjudicator, writer, humourist, and statesman, are
For further information on Sir Ernest MacMillan and the Foundation, please see: