Various competition and awards opportunities are available every year. Age requirements and eligibility varies.
AHS National Competition: Held every odd year (2009, 2011, etc.) in conjunction with the Summer Institute, a total of $20,000 in prize money is given. There are six winners in each of the five divisions:
* The 1st Prize Winner of the Young Professional Division serves as the AHS Concert Artist until the next competition.
AHS Foundation Awards (Anne Adams Awards): up to three awards of $2000 each for full time study of the harp are given every even year (2010, 2012, etc.) in conjunction with the AHS National Conference.
Lyon & Healy sponsors the Lyon & Healy Awards preceding the AHS National Competition, held every odd year. Each of the three winners receives 2,000 in cash to be used to further their education, along with a $500 gift certificate from Lyon & Healy Harps.
Performance Awards. AHS Foundation prizes are awarded for the best performance of a work or transcription by the named composers, often in conjunction with the AHS National Competition.