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Who will be tomorrow’s top choreographers, conductors, dancers and opera singers? What will opera and ballet look like in the future?

We want to ensure that the Finnish opera and ballet scene will continue to flourish in the years and decades to come. Become a patron of the arts and take part in building the future.

Donation possibilities

Be part of building the future of opera and ballet and donate to the Opera Beyond project. The objective of this multi-year, ambitious and international project is to place the Finnish National Opera and Ballet among the leaders of immersive experiences and the use of new technologies in its field by 2022. Read more. 

Another possibility is to donate to the various funds of Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation. The foundation awards grants and scholarships from its funds to both artists and other professionals at Opera and Ballet. In addition, the foundation can also support opera and ballet through direct donations to Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s foundation.

Make your choice from the various donation possibilities described below. Please note that donation to Opera Beyond and donations to the various funds need to be separate payment processes.

Opera Beyond

Donations to the Grant Foundation

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s music and technology fund was established by the donation of Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Artist in Association at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. The purpose of the fund is to support new opera and ballet arts with a particular focus on technology. The fund provides financial support as well as awards, grants and stipends to individuals involved in the work of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. It supports commissions of new compositions and multimedia productions, as well as other projects in line with the fund’s purpose. The fund may also make donations to the Foundation of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.

Donate via bank transfer
Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation:
FI 43 8179 9710 0447 83
Reference: Esa-Pekka Salonen’s fund

MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Fund

The purpose of the fund is to support new opera and ballet with a particular focus on technology.

The purpose of the Opera and Ballet Grant Fund is to promote Finnish opera and ballet arts and their support functions to improve the attractiveness and appeal of the Opera House. The fund awards grants to develop the skills and abilities of creative and performing artists in the field of opera and ballet arts, the students of the Ballet School of Finnish National Ballet and to other professionals in roles that support opera and ballet arts. The fund supports art and other purchases as well as measures to increase the popularity and support of opera and ballet.

Donate via bank transfer
Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation:
FI 43 8179 9710 0447 83
Reference: The Finnish National Opera and Ballet Grant Fund

OPERA AND BALLET

Opera and Ballet Grant Fund

The fund, for example, awards grants to performing artists, students and to other professionals in roles that support opera and ballet arts.

The Valuable Instruments Fund of the Orchestra of the FNO was founded thanks to a donation from a private individual. The purpose of the fund is to enable the purchase of valuable instruments of the Finnish National Opera Orchestra in order to enhance the artistic quality of the orchestra and support Finnish opera and ballet arts.

Donate via bank transfer
Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation:
FI 43 8179 9710 0447 83
Reference: Valuable Instruments Fund

ORCHESTRA

Valuable Instruments Fund

The purpose of the fund is to enable the purchase of valuable instruments for the Finnish National Opera’s Orchestra.

Kenneth Greve’s Fund was established by the donation of the former Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet, Kenneth Greve. The purpose of the fund is to support the work of the Finnish National Ballet and its Ballet School, while upholding and further developing artistic quality in both organisations. The fund can award grants and stipends to dancers, choreographers and other professionals, students and schools representing ballet arts. In addition to this, financial support and donations can be given to the Finnish National Ballet and the Ballet School.

Donate via bank transfer
Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation:
FI 43 8179 9710 0447 83
Reference: Kenneth Greve’s Fund

BALLET

Kenneth Greve’s Fund

The fund awards grants and scholarships to dancers, choreographers, other professionals, and students.

The fund was founded to commemorate the opera singer, long-term opera leader and the driving force behind building the new Opera House, professor Alfons Almi. Its initial investment came from donations made in his memory after his death. The fund awards grants to the members of the Orchestra of the FNOB to raise the artistic quality of the orchestra.

Donate via bank transfer
Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation:
FI 43 8179 9710 0447 83
Reference: Professor Alfons Almi’s Stipend Fund

ORKESTERIORCHESTRA

Alfons Almi’s Fund

The fund awards grants to the members of the Finnish National Opera’s Orchestra to raise the artistic quality of the orchestra.

The fund was founded after a donation by the conductor Mikko Franck, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Opera and Ballet Grant foundation. The purpose of the fund is to uphold and further develop the high artistic quality of opera and ballet. This is achieved by awarding grants and stipends to professional opera and ballet artists or outstandingly talented students.

Donate via bank transfer
Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation:
FI 43 8179 9710 0447 83
Reference: Mikko Franck’s Stipend Fund

OPERA AND BALLET

Mikko Franck’s Fund

The fund awards grants and scholarships to professional opera and ballet artists or outstandingly talented students.

The fund was founded after a donation by former the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet Support Foundation, Matti Ahde. The purpose of the fund is to promote dance and vocal arts by awarding scholarships to support the education of at least one dancer and/or singer yearly.

Donate via bank transfer
Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation:
FI 43 8179 9710 0447 83
Reference: Matti Ahde’s Scholarship Fund

OPERA AND BALLET

Matti Ahde’s Fund

The fund promotes dance and vocal arts by awarding scholarships to support the education of at least one dancer and/or singer yearly.

The fund was founded after a donation by professor Mirjam Helin. The purpose of the fund is to promote vocal arts by awarding scholarships to support the education of Finnish opera singers.

Donate via bank transfer
Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation:
FI 43 8179 9710 0447 83
Reference: Finnish Opera Singers’ Scholarship Fund

OPERA

Finnish Opera Singers’ Scholarship Fund

The fund promotes vocal arts by awarding scholarships to support the education of Finnish opera singers.

Tue tulevaisuuden toivoja. Ryhdy taidemesenaatiksi ja tee lahjoitus Oopperalle ja Baletille.
Maria Mannermaa

”The voice and the body are a singer’s instruments, and just like any instrument, they need maintenance. Courses and competitions give me extra motivation for developing my voice.”

MARIA MANNERMAA, SOPRAno

”I have been awarded a grant for taking private lessons. Their purpose is to hone my playing technique: if you always play the same way, your skills will deteriorate.”

MINNA LINNOVE-PULAKKA, VIOLIST

“I recently received a scholarship to develop my profession. With that support, I will take some summer courses from ImPulsTanz in Vienna.”

Emrecan Tanış, dancer & choreographer

”I applied for a grant for my studies. I examine the representation of animals on stage through props, sets and costumes.”

Pipsa Keski-Hakuni, PROPS DESIGNER

”I applied for a grant In 2016 to take part in the Live Design International event in Las Vegas. Meetings and workshops with colleagues were very educational.”

Petri Sarkkila, LIGHTING OPERATOR

”Thanks to the grant I’ve been able to take singing classes in Munich with Christiane Iven. Her classes have been very useful for my singing technique.”

Erica Back, mezzo-soprano

”Playing this instrument would have been impossible without the support of the Valuable Instruments Fund and Mandatum Life. I could never have afforded it without this support.”

Samuli Peltonen, SOLO CELLIST

”I have applied for a grant to attend summer courses and for dance auditions abroad. International experience is very important to a dancer’s development.”

Viola Länsivuori, DANCER

Esa-Pekka Salonen recommends: become a patron of the arts

Anniversary gifts

Tue tulevaisuuden toivoja. Ryhdy taidemesenaatiksi ja tee lahjoitus Oopperalle ja Baletille.

Do you have a birthday or anniversary coming up?

An anniversary gift is a great way to support opera and ballet arts. You can either pick an existing fund or contact our Development Team to discuss donating to a bespoke purpose.

Major gifts

Tue tulevaisuuden toivoja. Ryhdy taidemesenaatiksi ja tee lahjoitus Oopperalle ja Baletille.

Major gifts

Would you like to consider making a major gift towards work you are passionate about? Please contact our Development Team.

According to income taxation law, donations of 850 to 50 000 euro to the Foundation of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet or the Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation are tax deductible for companies and organisations.

Legacy gifts

Tue tulevaisuuden toivoja. Ryhdy taidemesenaatiksi ja tee lahjoitus Oopperalle ja Baletille.

Leave a legacy for the arts

Would you like to leave a lasting legacy and help pass on opera and ballet to future generations? Contact us to discuss our different options to donate by will. You can choose to leave everything in your will or a smaller gift to a cause that is close to your heart.

Contact us

Heidi Almi, External Relations Manager

”Opera and ballet are art forms that combine everything I love and hold dear: music, movement and visuality.”

Contact
+358 40 511 4348
heidi.almi@opera.fi

Heidi Lehmuskumpu, Development Manager

”Opera and ballet evoke powerful feelings that go all the way to my soul. They give energy for my everyday life.”

Contact
+358 50 469 9025
heidi.lehmuskumpu@opera.fi

Fundraising permits

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet Foundation

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet Foundation has a fundraising permit RA/2018/815, granted by the National Police Board on 20 September 2018, valid from 1 February 2019 to 31 January 2021 in all of Finland, aside from Åland. The funds collected will be used for the foundation’s operations to advance the cause of opera and ballet arts.

Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation

Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation has a fundraising permit RA/2018/814, granted by the National Police Board on 20 September 2018, valid from 1 February 2019 to 31 January 2021 in all of Finland, aside from Åland. The funds collected will be used to advance the cause of opera and ballet arts as well as for grants to individuals working in the field of opera and ballet.

How are the funds used?

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet Foundation

The funds raised will be used for the operations of the non-profit foundation to advance the cause of opera and ballet arts. We are not raising funds for the endowment. Instead, the funds raised will be used immediately to fulfil a purpose laid out in the rules of the foundation as follows.

The funds raised are used to:

Support the artistic operations of the opera and ballet. The funds raised can be used for staging opera and ballet productions in ways that can be considered to support and add value to the productions, including hiring visiting artists, selected main stage productions, organising tours to improve awareness of the FNOB, covering the costs of free-to-view opera and ballet broadcasts and recordings, and other performance-related expenses.

To support audience outreach. This includes participatory artistic activities, performances and events directed at special audiences, and further studies for those already professionally employed in the field of audience outreach.

The funds raised cannot be used to support the basic education of the Ballet School or basic art education, nor to support or enable the foundation’s business operations permitted by the rules.

Opera and Ballet Grant Foundation

The funds raised are used to:

Grants and scholarships to creative and performing opera and ballet artists or other professionals involved in supporting the field of opera and ballet arts. The grants can be given in Finland and internationally.

Support the artistic operations of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet by purchasing valuable instruments for the orchestra members, to support the organising of opera and ballet tours in Finland or abroad, produce opera and activity workshops for children in Finland, pay for the visit of an internationally renowned guest artist, choreographer, conductor or another visitor, which would not be possible otherwise, to help create the sets and costumes of opera and ballet productions in ways that support and add value to the productions. In addition to this, the funds can be used to promote opera and ballet arts and to improve the appeal, attractiveness and awareness of the Opera House both nationally and internationally by purchasing art and other goods.