Awards for Mike Milligan
- First prize in the semi-finals of the Montreal International Jazz Festival's Jazz Competition 1986 - Ontario region with the Claude Ranger Quintet
- First prize at the Vienne International Jazz Festival (1997) in Vienne, France. With Life on Mars.
- Canada Council long term "B" grant to study double bassist Dave Holland (1989).
- Provincial grant awarded (1996) to study compostion with Roddy Elias.
- Provincial grant awarded (1994) to compose repertoire for solo bass.