Established with Charitable Status (Gemeinnuetzigkeit) in Vaduz, Liechtenstein on 24 August 1987 with the belief that, after all, our greatest legacy to future generations is art, the International Music and Art Foundation makes grants to facilitate the improvement and dissemination of the visual and performing arts, as well as the study and preservation of art and culture from the past. “Preservation” includes the conservation and restoration of individual works of art and architecture as well as cultural and environmental documentation and preservation. Specific interests of the Foundation include, but are not limited to, the fine arts (painting, drawing, sculpture), music, theatre, and architecture (“frozen music” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1829).
The International Music and Art Foundation does not make grants to individuals, only to recognized and established organizations:
- in the performing arts such as opera companies, symphony orchestras, chamber music ensembles, ballet and theater companies, etc.;
- for architectural restorations and for the conservation of art;
- to museums;
- for research and publication on the history of art;
With assets of approximately 40,552,378 Swiss Francs as of 31 December 2015, the International Music and Art Foundation makes grants ranging in size from several hundred to several hundred thousand Swiss Francs, with most grants falling towards the median of 15,000 Swiss Francs. Our average grant is 30,778 Swiss Francs. Whenever possible, the Foundation prefers to issue challenge grants conditional on matching Foundation grants with funds from other sources. The Foundation prefers not to make grants for operational support. The Foundation Fund may be increased at any time by donations from third parties.
Grants are NOT made to individuals, nor for the establishment of new organizations, for travel expenses, for meetings, workshops, conferences, or seminars held for the purpose of planning or organizing a project or activity. On-line Applications are NOT accepted from organizations whose primary mission is for youth programs, humanitarian programs, or programs that have social improvement objectives.
All grantees must provide detailed financial reports and maintain complete records documenting the use of the grant. The International Music and Art Foundation may make periodic site visits and whatever other investigations it deems important.
The Foundation expects tangible outcomes from grantees, and all grants will require a written report from the recipient detailing how the Foundation’s support was used and accounting for all expenditure of funds at the end of the grant period, or annually if the grant extends beyond one year.
Funded project designs often reflect a blend of the applicant’s initiative and the Foundation’s input. The International Music and Art Foundation recognizes that promising approaches and worthwhile organizations often need more than financial assistance. Therefore, the Foundation Trustees may serve as Board Members of compatible organizations and, if appropriate, will participate on policy and advisory bodies consistent with the Foundation’s interests. The Foundation welcomes collaboration with other grantmakers and favors grantseekers with multiple sources of support.
Board of Foundation
Brigitte Feger, Lic.iur.
Walter Feilchenfeldt, Lic.oec.