We have decided to support 65 musical projects in 2018: choruses, orchestras, festivals, academies, operas... involved in making, performing and broadcasting music. We have chosen these projects for their artistic quality, their originality, audacity and geographic reach, depending on their budgetary needs.
Among the projects we have selected, there are a number of new classical, jazz and world music festivals including 1001 Notes in Limousin, Les Musicales de Pommier in Forez, the Festival de Rocamadour, Mosaïques in Le Havre, and the Festival au Grès in the Vosges region.
100 applications submitted to the Foundation in the first half of the year
At the last selection committee, 31 projects were chosen by six musical experts (festival directors, choir and orchestra conductors, music journalists). The committee spent almost 5 hours reviewing over 100 applications submitted to the Orange Foundation, whose endorsement is now considered as a mark of excellence in musical circles.
Supporting musical... and community projects
In parallel to our support for making and performing music, we also sponsor projects with social ambitions: the Philippe Jaroussky Academy which offers teaching to children with little or no access to classical music, Music’O Senior (workshops and concerts in nursing homes and Alzheimers centres), the CREA at Aulnay Sous Bois (children’s choirs in eight towns in the Seine-Saint-Denis department) and Orpheus XXI (an orchestra made up of migrant and refugee musicians).
Using digital technologies to access music
None of these projects could be fully realised without the support of the Orange Foundation. We are often their leading patron, one who is present throughout the very early stages of careers and projects all the way through to widespread musical recognition.