The Brian Murphy Fund

*Application and donation links are found below*

A Sub Fund of the Education Foundation of Ottawa and An Endowment Fund within the Community Foundation of Ottawa

This award is in memory of Brian Murphy, host of CHEZ 106 “The Source” “Blues 106,” “Jazz 106” and other programs. He was known as one of Ottawa’s most original people. Brian will be remembered for his encyclopedic knowledge of music.

Purpose of the Award

The Brian Murphy Fund is meant to support the following purposes:

  • to provide an annual award in music for a graduating high school student in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, who most exemplifies Brian’s passion and knowledge of music;
  • in particular, a student who is involved in the Blues in the Schools Program.


All graduating students of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board are eligible for this award.

Criteria for Selection of Winner

Eligible students will be selected bi-annually (2021, 2023, 2025) by a committee including the Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Ottawa, and close family and friends of Cathy Nevins.


The number of awards and the total amount of each award is dependent on the endowment fund’s annual earnings and additional donations directed to the Brian Murphy and Cathy Nevins Funds.

Application period: currently closed

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