The Finnish National Opera and Ballet have initiated their first ever public fundraising campaign. The theme of the campaign is Support future talents. In August, the newly established Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Fund will take centre stage. The purpose of the fund, for which Salonen donated the original investment, is to support new opera and ballet arts with a particular focus on technology.
The aim of the Support future talents campaign is to inspire opera and ballet lovers to take part in building the future. Donations can be made either to the Foundation of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet or the funds of the Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation. Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Fund, for instance, provides financial support as well as award grants and stipends. The fundraising permits of the two foundations are valid until 31 January, 2019.
”Finland has given me very much, so I feel like it’s my turn to give something in return – both as an Artist in Association and via the fund. The Finnish National Opera and Ballet plays a leading role in defining the essence of Finnishness. It’s important that we can leverage technology in developing opera and ballet, but that couldn’t necessarily be covered by basic funding,” says Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Artist in Association of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.
Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation donates two million euros
The Finnish National Opera and Ballet has private supporters, of which Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation is the most significant. The Finnish National Opera and Ballet has received a total of close to two million euros of new grants from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. The Finnish National Ballet Youth Company was granted 900 000 euro in continued funding through 2019–2022. In addition, total of 1 070 000 euros was granted for the years 2019–2022 to enrich opera and ballet with new technology.
The Finnish National Ballet Youth Company was founded in 2013 at the initiative of the former Artistic Director, Kenneth Greve. The Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation has provided the group notable financial support from the very beginning.
”We are extremely grateful for the continued funding of the FNB Youth Company. Supporting the Youth Company is a significant opportunity to support the careers of young dancers. My aim is to provide more opportunities for talented Finnish dancers and strengthen the company’s national identity in the international environment”, says National Ballet’s new Artistic Director Madeleine Onne.