“Aren’t you afraid that the sponsors will try to influence your program?” is a common question in the arts sections of various newspapers. And I can always answer both spontaneously and honestly: No, I am not afraid of that. Our sponsors are far too intelligent not to know that trying to influence the content of our program would have a boomerang effect. On the contrary, I hope our sponsors continue to influence us, in the sense that they make it possible to implement projects that we could not realize otherwise for lack of money. Therefore, on behalf of the Festival, I would very much like to thank our sponsors, donors, supporters and friends as well as the public authorities subsidizing the Festival for their generous support.
President of the Salzburg Festival
The Salzburg Festival thanks its supporters for 2019
Audi has been a main sponsor of the Salzburg Festival since 1994. Every year, the only summer guest performance of the Salzburg Festival takes place in Ingolstadt. in 2019 Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro, staged by Peter Sellars and performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, enchanted the Ingolstadt audience. In 2019 Audi and the Salzburg Festival celebrate their 25-year anniversary. The partnership has been extended to the year 2022.
Siemens was a project sponsor of the Festival from 1995 to 1998 and has been a main sponsor since 1999. The Siemens Festival>Nights were initiated in 2002 by Siemens Austria together with the Salzburg Festival and ORF Salzburg. It is the world’s largest public screening event for classical music. Almost 1 million people have enjoyed screenings of Festival performances on the daylight-compatible LED wall on Kapitelplatz, free of admission. Record numbers of visitors, a wonderful atmosphere and a fascinating programme make the Siemens Festival>Nights a fixed part of the Salzburg Festival summer. In 2018 the “Siemens Children’s>Festival” celebrated its 10-year anniversary. This long-standing partnership has been extended to 2021.
The Kühne Foundation became a main sponsor of the Salzburg Festival in 2019. This expands the successful partnership which began in 2013. Thanks to the Kühne Foundation, the Salzburg Festival has been able to expand its Young Singers Project, founded in 2008, into a high-carat platform supporting young vocalists. The final concerts of the programme have been among the most popular Festival events for years.
Support for the arts from Rolex goes back to the 1970s, when the soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa from New Zealand became the first brand ambassador in the arts world. Over the course of time, this support has developed ever further and now includes partnerships with many renowned artists, prestigious institutions and festivals. Its brand ambassadors include stars such as Cecilia Bartoli, Jonas Kaufmann and Plácido Domingo. In 2012 Rolex added the Salzburg Festival and the Salzburg Whitsun Festival under the leadership of Cecilia Bartoli to its cultural portfolio.
Project Sponsors finance additional projects, which are artistically important but cannot be realized without additional financial help.
Nestlé, a faithful supporter of the Salzburg Festival since 1991, supported the opera production Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi in 2019, directed by Andreas Kriegenburg and conducted by Valery Gergiev.
Roche has enabled the Salzburg Festival to present contemporary music since 2007. In 2019 it supported the series Time with Dusapin and Time with Enescu. The project Roche Continents also gives 100 university students the opportunity to participate in a one-week program of workshops, lectures and concerts at the intersection of the arts and sciences every summer. Roche Continents has invited more than 1,300 students to Salzburg so far.
Solway Investment Group supported the opera production La clemenza di Tito in 2017. Since 2018 the company has the title “Sponsor of the Opera Camps” and has joined the Vienna Philharmonic and the American Austrian Foundation in financing the opera camps for children and teenagers. As part of its opera camp sponsorship, Solway enables talents from structurally weak regions to participate in an opera camp.
Swarovski supports numerous cultural organizations. The Salzburg Festival has benefitted from the company’s support since 2013, including the use of its glittering crystals for many costumes and stage sets. Swarovski’s generosity encompassed Manon Lescaut in 2016 and Aida in 2017 as well as Die Zauberflöte in 2018 and three seasons of Jedermann. In 2019 Swarovski partnered with the Festival for the production Adriana Lecouvreur. Most of all, the Festival is grateful for the ravishing costumes for Orphée aux enfers, which played a decisive role in making this production such an outstanding success.
Support for youth programmes has been an integral part of the corporate culture of UNIQA Austria. The company enables the Salzburg Festival to continuously expand its efforts in this field. The production of selected children’s operas, youth camps and accompanying events for children and teenagers is made possible thanks to UNIQA’s help. The partnership has been extended to 2022.
Leica Galerie enabled the composer and photographer Pascal Dusapin to show his photographs in two locations, at the Leica Galerie Salzburg itself and at the foyer of the Haus für Mozart – complementing this year’s focus on his musical work.
The Salzburg Festival thanks its Product Sponsors, who contribute essentially to the Festival’s productions by donating high-quality materials and creative know-how.
Our long-time partner M.A.C. Cosmetics once again donated outstanding theatrical make-up products to the Festival.
For five years, Schlumberger and Champagne Louis Roederer have supported the Festival with sparkling wine and champagne. The Festival is happy to announce the extension of the partnership.
The Salzburg Festival is delighted to have a local partner, the Stiegl Brewery, which contributes its beer, popular throughout the world.
Thanks to Gabor Shoes, the chorus ladies in Simon Boccanegra were well-heeled and securely shod.
FOUNDATIONS and PRIVATE DONORS
Since 1997, the Kia Ora Foundation has awarded post-graduate scholarships in music and applied sciences. It also supports special projects involving artists from New Zealand.
The V-A-C Foundation has enabled the Salzburg Festival to revive Romeo Castellucci’s production of Salome in 2019. V-A-C supports cultural productions which focus on new partnerships, forms and methods.
We also thank our many private donors.
Professor Dr. h.c. mult. Reinhold Würth, to whom Salzburg owes so much in the field of visual arts, is also one of the great patrons of the Salzburg festival. In 2019 he once again supported the Ouverture spirituelle.
Our special gratitude also goes to more than 6,500 Friends of the Salzburg Festival all over the world. No other festival in the world has such a large and faithful association of friends. The Association supports the Festival’s programmes and enables the Festival to implement projects which have become part of the Festival’s identity, e.g. the Festival Opening Party or the initiative Festival Ticket = Bus Ticket, with which the Salzburg Festival wishes to send a strong signal in favour of public transport.
Thanks to its ticket revenues and the many supporters mentioned above, the Salzburg Festival has an extraordinarily high level of self-financing, reaching more than 75%.
Thanks for financial support is also due to the public sector, which contributed a total of 13.44 million Euros to the Salzburg Festival’s overall 2019 budget of 61.76 million Euros. In particular, government funders include:
The Republic of Austria,
The State of Salzburg,
The City of Salzburg,
and the Salzburg Tourism Board, which supports the Salzburg Festival with 3.36 million Euros annual