The Lou Cavic Founder's Award is presented each year to a young person who demonstrates an outstanding devotion to the preservation of tambura music and the Slavic culture. The award recognizes a musician who:

  • Demonstrates technical accomplishment on primary instruments.
  • Has a comprehensive familiarity with Slavic music.
  • Is a past or present member of a musical organization (junior group, working band, adult orchestra, school band, etc.).
  • Has participated on recordings.
  • Teaches or assists other musicians.
  • Writes or arranges music.
  • Continually strives for self-improvement as a musician through education.
  • Is an effective role model for young musicians.
  • Participates as a member in Slavic-related ethnic and cultural organizations.
  • Is younger than 30 years of age.

Nominations should include the name, age, and picture of the candidate. A discussion of the candidate's background should describe how the musician meets the guidelines documented above.