In 1970, the composer Pierre Boulez took on the tasks of creating and directing an institute for musical research and creation in partnership with the Centre Pompidou. Today, the Ircam, Institute for Research and Coordination of Acoustics and Music, is one of the largest public research centres dedicated to musical creation and scientific research in the world. It is home to the joint research unit of Sciences and Technologies of Music and Sound. The Fonds K has supported the research of Victor Rosi, a doctoral student in the Perception and Sound Design team. His thesis, which focuses on the semantic and acoustic characterization of sound, was defended in April 2022.
The Fonds K is financing a 3-year thesis for the Ircam (French Institute of Acoustic/Musical Research and Coordination) to develop a sonic lexicon highlighting semantic and acoustical relationships thereby establishing a correlation between oenological and sound properties.
Launched in 2010, Démos intervenes where access to artistic and cultural education is made difficult by economic and social factors, or by the geographical remoteness of teaching institutions. It offers 3 years of free orchestral musical training for children aged 7 to 12 from disadvantaged neighbourhoods and isolated rural areas. After an initial phase of experimentation within the larger Paris region (2010-2012), a second stage (2012-2015) took place including two additional departments of France (Aisne and Isère) followed by a third (2015-2019) extending to the whole country. This social orchestral and musical education scheme now includes almost fifty orchestras in France.
Atelier Ostinato Orchestra
Founded in 1997 by Jean-Luc Tingaud, the Ostinato Orchestra provides its 80 young instrumentalists with professional experience as orchestral musicians. Since its inception, the orchestra has been strongly committed to fighting loneliness and isolation, as well as supporting access to culture for all. The young musicians enable people in vulnerable situations to rediscover the joy of life through music and the concerts in which they are given the opportunity to participate. The Fonds K supports the actions carried out in the detention centres of Fleury-Mérogis and Melun, in particular percussion workshops led by Manon Duchemann.
For 15 years, the Harmony Program has been changing lives through music. They provide musical instruments and music education to children in New York City's most underserved neighborhoods and within diverse communities often underrepresented in classical music. Each year, the organization inspires approximately 1,000 youth by supporting students in music fluency, social-emotional learning, confidence building, peer connections, and creative expression. Throughout the "boroughs" (neighborhoods) of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, the Harmony Program offers in-school and after-school music classes, as well as weekend and summer learning opportunities. The Fonds K pour la Musique supports the Harmony Program Youth Orchestra (HPYO) system. HPYO is a system of ensembles that allow young musicians, including beginner and advanced students, to extend their music learning through weekend rehearsals, master classes, and public performances throughout New York City.