The Azrieli Foundation take a strategic interest in supporting the development of music as a vital human endeavour that expresses creativity, intelligent thought and intercultural understanding as motivating forces to shape a better world. In particular, the Foundation encourages the creation and performance of Jewish Music and the professional development of emerging professional artists by investing in organizations and initiatives such as:
The Jeunesses Musicales du Canada (JMC)
Since 1993, the JMC Touring Opera Program annually has featured emerging Canadian singers of all ages in fully-staged operas. It provides intensive training and professional, practical experience in preparing full-staged operas for touring and performing in different venues and diverse communities, with the benefit of engaging audiences in remote areas that would not otherwise have access to a live opera experience.
Joseph-Rouleau Career Development Grant
The Azrieli Foundation is pleased to have made a three-year commitment to seed this unique initiative offered through the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) for piano in 2017, voice in 2018, and violin in 2019. The career development grant will offer the competition winner a suite of professional development services to advance their musical careers. The Grant honours internationally-renowned singer Joseph Rouleau, co-founder of the CMIM, for his devotion and contributions to music in Québec and Canada, and for his never-ceasing to encourage emerging musical professionals.
Tucked into the heights of Saint-Irénée, overlooking the St. Lawrence River from the Charlevoix region of Quebec, sits Domaine Forget – an internationally-recognized summer academy of music and dance. For over 38 years, it has been offering an outstanding quality of instruction, uniting visiting master musicians with some 500 students in masterclasses, individual lessons, chamber and orchestral music, lectures, special workshops and concerts for every taste. The Foundation is pleased to offer a series of scholarships that allow deserving string and vocal musicians to attend sessions at this premier training academy.
Brott Opera – Brott Music Festival
Now entering its 29th season, the Brott Music Festival is the largest non-profit orchestral music festival in Canada, and the only festival with a full-time, professional orchestra-in-residence. The Festival’s most recent addition is Brott Opera. Launched in 2015, the program is dedicated to providing an immersive coaching and performance program for talented emerging singers. The Foundation is pleased to have supported the opportunity for emerging opera professionals to expand their practice by undertaking roles in full opera productions and opera in concert with the Festival and the National Academy Orchestra.