International Music Competition
The Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund, Inc., which has its headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., was founded in 1939 by Nadia Boulanger with two aims: to keep alive the memory and the music of her sister, the distinguished composer Lili Boulanger (1893-1918), and to aid composers and other musicians of exceptional talent and promise. For many years the Fund operated with the assistance of its advisory board, whose members were Yehudi Menuhin, Nicolas Nabokov, and Alexei Haieff.
Nadia Boulanger died on October 22, 1979. Since that time the Board of Trustees, in order to carry out her intentions, has adopted new guidelines for awarding the annual prize. Each year a group of distinguished musicians is invited to nominate one candidate each for the prize. For the 2011 award, the nominators were Robert Bailey, William Bolcom, Stephen Hough, Ursula Oppens, Shirley Perle, and Russell Sherman.
In accordance with the wishes of its founder, the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund does not seek or accept applications for its annual competition. Nominators for the award are selected each year by the Board of Trustees.