The purpose of the Encouragement Award is to foster the pursuit of excellence and dedication in young musicians by giving particular recognition to commitment, musicality and contribution to the overall musical aims of the Barrier Reef Orchestra. The annual Awards shall consist of a monetary grant. Awardees:
- will have displayed consistent attendance at rehearsals and performances during the whole of the assessment cycle, unless other reasonable factors have limited participation.
- must be no more than 25 years of age at time the Award winners are announced.
- must be financial members of North Queensland Ensembles Inc. for the year in which the Award is made.
Within these limitations, all players with the Orchestra are eligible for consideration.