The George and Nora London Foundation for Singers is a non-profit organization which has been giving awards to outstanding young professional opera singers during their early careers, often a financially difficult time. George London, remembering his own struggle, wished to make the road to success a little easier for future generations of singers. Initially created under the auspices of the National Opera Institute with the support of the National Endowment of the Arts, the awards program has been administered since 1990 by the Foundation in New York as a living legacy to George London's talent and generosity.
The Foundation sponsors an annual juried competition in New York City for American and Canadian singers and more that $75,000 is awarded annually to the most promising performers. The Foundation also began a series of concerts in collaboration with the Morgan Library & Museum in New York in 1995 featuring George London Award winners. With these concerts, the Foundation has sponsored the New York recital debuts of many award winners.
"The George London Foundation was there for me at the most important time of my career; the time when I needed both emotional guidance as well as financial support... With the help of all involved with the George London Foundation, I was given that pat on the back and reassurance that the direction I was going with my voice and career was, in fact, the proper direction. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart."
- Sondra Radvanovsky, 1997 George London Award winner