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Energizing Japan with Music! “9th Vienna Philharmonic & Suntory Music Aid Award” Recipients Confirmed

The Suntory Foundation for the Arts (Director Generals: Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Shingo Torii) has decided to present the “9th Vienna Philharmonic & Suntory Music Aid Award,” a promotion service of the Vienna Philharmonic & Suntory Music Aid Fund, to the following 12 recipients.

To continue efforts to energize disaster-stricken areas and the nation through the revitalization of Japanese music culture, the Music Aid Award invites applications from groups and individuals throughout Japan conducting activities that meet the objectives of the Fund. The Award was established in 2012 and will continue for ten years through 2021. A grant will be provided to the award recipients.


Name: The 9th Vienna Philharmonic & Suntory Music Aid Award

Eligible Activities: Activities such as musical performances and efforts to promote music that are mainly focused on classical music and will be held in Japan between November 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021, with the aim of energizing disaster-stricken areas and the nation

Selection Process: Award recipients were selected through deliberation by the selection committee on September 9, 2020 and officially confirmed by the Foundation’s board of directors on October 13, 2020.

Grant Total: 5.3 million yen

Selection Committee: Daniel Froschauer, Yasuko Ohtani, Miyuki Shiraishi, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto (in alphabetical order)


Award Recipients (content as of October 1, 2020)
1. Ezuko Hall
 Kiku, Miru, Tsunagaru -- Ezuko Project for Reconstruction
 Date: Nov.1 | 2020 – Oct.31 | 2021
 Venue: Ezuko Hall and Sennan area (Miyagi Pref.)

2. Meiyo Junior High School Brass Band
 The 23rd Promenade Concert
 Date: Nov.14 | 2020
 Venue: Kinan Cultural Hall (Wakayama Pref.)

3. Iwate Orchestra Association
 Orchestra FESTIVAL 2020
 Date: Nov.28 | 2020
 Venue: DENEN-HALL in Yahaba Town (Iwate Pref.)

4. Shichigahama Kokusaimura Project Association
 Ikuyo Nakamichi Music Outreach
 Date: Jan.10 | 2021
 Venue: Shichigahama International Village (Miyagi Pref.)

5. Koriyama City Music Education Research Group (Orchestra Leaders Research Department)
 The 6th Orchestra Festival
 Date: Jan. 23 or 24 | 2021
 Venue: Kenshin Cultural Center (Fukushima Pref.)

6. KAMAISHI CIVIC HALL
 Omoshiro-Opera Open Lecture Concert “LA TRAVIATA”
 Date: Jan.31 | 2021
 Venue: Kamaishi Civic Hall (Iwate Pref.)

7. Kammerchor FUKUSHIMA
 The 5th Subscription Concert
 Date: Feb.21 | 2021
 Venue: Fukushima Terrsa FT Hall (Fukushima Pref.)

8. NPO Gabacho Project
 The Light of Art & Culture for Victims in Kamaishi.
 We’ll create the harmony of mind throughout Art & Culture.
 Date: Mar | 2021
 Venue: Kamaishi Civic Hall (Iwate Pref.)

9. Ishinomaki Symphony Orchestra
 Ishinomaki Symphony Orchestra The 16th Family Concert
 Date: May | 2021
 Venue: Elementary school hall in Ishinomaki City (Miyagi Pref.)

10. Choir Palinka
 Choir Palinka The 28th Annual Concert
 Date: Jun.27 | 2021
 Venue: Tagajo City Cultural Center (Miyagi Pref.)

11. Kimitsu Junior Chorus
 Kimitsu Junior Chorus 20th Anniversary “Reconstruction Support Concert” through the power of song
 Date: Aug.10,11 | 2021
 Venue: Sendai Denryoku Hall, Yamoto-higashi City Center (Miyagi Pref.)

12. YCC Tohoku
 Young Composers Concert in Tohoku 2021
 Date: Aug.21 | 2021
 Venue: Natori Performing Arts Center (Miyagi Pref.)


About the Vienna Philharmonic & Suntory Music Aid Fund
After the Great East Japan Earthquake which struck Japan on March 11, 2011, the Vienna Philharmonic pledged a donation of one hundred million yen via Suntory Hall "in hopes of conveying our condolences to our dearest friends in Japan who have been victimized by the earthquake damage." Having built up a bond of trust as a partner with the Vienna Philharmonic through many years of Japan tours by the orchestra, the Suntory Group, too, established a matching fund in April 2012 to indicate its support.
To continuously offer support activities to invigorate not only the affected areas but also all of Japan through music, the fund conducts a grant project under which it awards grants to “Vienna Philharmonic & Suntory Music Aid Award” recipients and a performance project through which it sponsors “Concert for Children” performances.

The Vienna Philharmonic & Suntory Music Aid Fund  http://suntory.jp/fund/

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