The Croatian Composers’ Society gives annual awards for achievements in music creation as well as in promotion of Croatian music. The awards were not established at the same time, so their number has been gradually increasing with the growing number of members and the expansion of the Society’s activities. There are a total of six prizes awarded today:
- Boris Papandopulo Award for lifetime achievement in classical music, which was first awarded in 1997
- Milivoj Körbler Award for lifetime achievement in popular music, which was first awarded in 1997
- Miroslav Sedak Benčić Award for lifetime achievement in jazz, which was first awarded in 2000
- Josip Andreis Award for achievements in music publishing and musicology, which was first awarded in 1982 (but was not awarded from 1988 to 1994)
- Vatroslav Lisinski Award for the outstanding contribution to Croatian music (given to individuals, organizations or communities), which was established in 1969 and has been regularly awarded since 1975 (but was not awarded from 1988 to 1994)
- Franjo Ksaver Kuhač Award for lifetime achievement in music based on traditional idiom, which was first awarded in 2007
- Adalbert Marković Award
At the beginning of each year a competition is announced for the previous year. After the deadline a special commission is formed that evaluates the nominations and makes award recommendations. These recommendations are then sent to the Presidency for the final decision.
The winners of these professional awards do not receive money, but an accolade and a plaque made by the academic painter and ceramist Ljerka Njerš.