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 both receive both a cash prize and a Lexus Study Scholarship.
- The winner of the Lexus Song Quest received 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 received an immediate cash prize of $10,000 net and a Study Scholarship of $10,000.
- The other three finalists each received 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 is 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 selected by the Head Judge.
The winner of the 2018 Lexus Song Quest is not eligible to also be the recipient of the Kiri Scholarship.