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The Charitable Kühne Foundation was founded by the Kühne Family in Switzerland in 1976. The Kühne Foundation is an operative foundation whose first priority is to support education and further education as well as research in the fields of logistics and transport economics. Furthermore, it strongly supports cultural, medical and humanitarian projects. In the cultural area, the focus of its support is on music and literature. With the Young Singers Project, in 2008 the Salzburg Festival created a high-carat platform to support international rising young vocalists. The combination of artist encounters and practical experience means that here the Kühne Foundation is helping to sustain an encouragement programme which is an international benchmark. 

The Swarovski Foundation was incorporated in 2013 to pursue charitable goals to honor the philanthropic spirit of Daniel Swarovski, who founded the crystal business in 1895. The Foundation's mission is to build on this heritage by supporting charitable initiatives and organizations working in three areas: Culture and creativity, promoting wellbeing and conserving natural resources. With the support of the Swarovski Foundation, the Salzburg Festival is able to offer more than 3,000 subsidized tickets and youth subscriptions for opera, drama and concert performances to young people under the age of 27. This will enable the promotion of access to culture and creativity and foster the education of young people in music, theatre and fine arts.

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia promotes Swiss arts and culture with a focus on quality and diversity. It supports projects of transregional significance at home and abroad. Pro Helvetia is a public-law foundation. Its tasks, which it performs autonomously, are specified in the culture promotion act. The financial and operational framework is laid down in the government’s cultural policy statement 2016-2020. Pro Helvetia’s head office is in Zurich. Outside Switzerland, it maintains liaison offices in Cairo, Johannesburg, New Delhi, Shanghai and Moscow. The Arts Council also runs the Centre culturel suisse in Paris and funds the cultural programmes of three partner institutions, the Istituto Svizzero in Rome, the Swiss Institute New York and swissnex San Francisco.

The Polska Music programme actively supports performances of Polish classical music by renowned international artists worldwide, aiming to increase its popularity across the globe.

As well as initiating international stage productions and concerts, commissioning new work, and nurturing contemporary composers, Polska Music also promotes recordings, books and events.
Polska Music has collaborated with a host of high-profile partners around the world, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bregenzer Festival, Chandos Records, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, Elbphilharmonie, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Klangforum Wien, Lincoln Center Festival, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Münchener Kammerorchester, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rambert Dance Company, Royal Opera House, Time of Music Festival, Welsh National Opera and Brothers Quay.

The Polska Music programme was launched in 2011 by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute – a national cultural institution aiming to strengthen Polish cultural impact and to benefit international cultural exchange. 



“Aren’t you afraid that the sponsors will try to influence your program?” is a common question in the arts sections of various newspapers, especially since we have been so successful in acquiring sponsors. And I can always answer both spontaneously and honestly: No, I am not afraid of that. Our sponsors are far too intelligent not to know that trying to influence the content of our program would have a boomerang effect. On the contrary, I hope our sponsors continue to influence us, in the sense that they make it possible to implement projects that we could not realize otherwise for lack of money. Therefore, on behalf of the Festival, I would very much like to thank our sponsors, donors, supporters and friends as well as the public authorities subsidizing the Festival for their generous support.

Helga Rabl-Stadler
President of the Salzburg Festival