The prizes in the Lexus Song Quest reflect the competition’s commitment to the development of talented young New Zealand singers. In recognition of the dedication required from these singers to pursue their studies overseas and the costs that are involved in those studies, the Lexus Song Quest winner and runner-up will both receive both a cash prize and a Lexus Study Scholarship.
- The winner of the 2018 Lexus Song Quest will receive an immediate cash prize of $20,000 net and a Study Scholarship of $27,000, plus economy international travel up to the value of $3,000.
- The runner-up will receive an immediate cash prize of $10,000 net and a Study Scholarship of $10,000.
- The other three finalists will each receive an immediate cash prize of $3,500 net.
All Study Scholarships must be taken up within two years of winning the prize.
The cash prize for the runner-up of the Lexus Song Quest is supported by the Dame Malvina Major Foundation.
An additional $15,000 scholarship prize will be awarded by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation to the singer who shows the most promise. All semi-finalists except the overall winner of the Lexus Song Quest are eligible for this prize which will be judged by Head Judge Lisa Gasteen.
It is not possible for one individual to win more than one prize; for example, if the Kiri Te Kanawa scholarship prize is awarded to one of the unplaced finalists they will receive the larger of the two prizes, ie the Kiri Te Kanawa scholarship prize, but not the additional cash prize of $3,500.