Joyce & Ron Sakamoto Prize for Research & Development in DAA

Award Quick Look

Deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021

Amount: $5000


  • Music


  • Faculty of Fine Arts

Successful music business professionals and long-time supporters of the Department of Music at the U of L, the Sakamotos have established this award to encourage gifted music students to pursue careers in the digital audio arts. Apply with a course-credit research proposal as an individual or a team of students, and supporting documentation from the research supervisor. Project will encompass a 4-8 month plan with detailed financial and logistical timeframes, including report dates and outcomes. Recipient is selected by the Music department Scholarship Committee on a basis of demonstrated proficiency in DAA measured by exemplary creative work, overall ability, and/or potential.

The Faculty of Fine Arts Department of Music, is pleased to announce the annual research award competition in honour of Joyce and Ron Sakamoto. This prize is awarded to a student pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Digital Audio Arts (DAA), or to a team of students working within a collaborative framework and being led by a BMus DAA student. The mandate of the Joyce and Ron Sakamoto Prize is to acknowledge and foster research excellence in Digital Audio Arts at the University of Lethbridge. Recipients of the prize will receive $5000 for research-related expenses.


Value: $5000 (if awarded to a team, divided equally)

Number: 1

Eligibility: Full-time students continuing in the BMus program (DAA major)

Deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021



Download (PDF): Sakamoto Research Award Application (PDF)

Download (Word): Sakamoto Research Award Application (Word)

Applications should be addressed to: Selection Committee, Joyce and Ron Sakamoto Research Prize. Submit applications to Amy Welsh in W810 (Music Department Office) or by email to


Prize Conditions

  • Research leader (and first author of application) must be a full-time second or third year BMus student pursuing a major in Digital Audio Arts at the time of application and must maintain their full-time status throughout the project.
  • Project duration must be from four to eight months beginning in the Fall Term. A commencement in the Summer Term will be considered.
  • Project must be supervised by a Music faculty member (or supervisory group) even if the project crosses multiple disciplines. The supervisor must be available for the complete duration of the project.
  • Applicants must be prepared to publicly present their work in a final exhibition/production during the school year following the completion of the project. A research report must accompany the final exhibition, outlining research findings, conclusions and future directions. An expense report must also be included.
  • Research must be in the field of digital audio art and music technology. Interdisciplinary projects are strongly encouraged.
  • The prize selection committee will be looking for project diversity and evidence of experimentation. Originality and uniqueness will be significant evaluation criteria.
  • Decisions regarding the award lie with the committee and all decisions are final.


Examples of Previous Winners