The Tenco Prize is one of the most important Italian musical awards, awarded annually, since 1974, on the occasion of the Review of Sanremo's songwriting organized by the Tenco Club. The name of the prize, which over time has become synonymous with the entire event, is a tribute to the singer-songwriter Luigi Tenco.
The Tenco Prize is an acknowledgement of the career of artists who have made a significant contribution to the world of songwriting. There are two types, one for songwriters and one for "cultural operators". From 1997 to 2010, the "Premio Siae / Club Tenco" was also created for the emerging author, to promote young talents, and from 2006 to 2010, the "I suoni della canzone" Award, assigned to instrumentalists and arrangers.
Within the festival and since 2011 outside the festival are also awarded with the prestigious Targa Tenco, the best records of the year by a specialized jury that is the largest and most representative of those of similar Italian events (over 200 jurors).