The Hinrichsen Foundation is a charity mainly devoted to the promotion of new music.
The Trustees are principally concerned with providing support for the performance of contemporary music, which may include commissioning of new work, non-commercial recording or even publication.
The Trustees will occasionally provide funds for research projects not being conducted under the aegis of an academic institution.
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It was founded in 1976 by Mrs Carla Eddy Hinrichsen to ensure the continuation of the tradition of supporting contemporary music established by the Hinrichsen family as the proprietors of Edition Peters the music publishers, established more than 200 years ago in the German city of Leipzig. Until 2010 the Hinrichsen Foundation was the beneficial shareholder of Peters Edition Limited, London. Since the amalgamation of the post-war branches of Edition Peters in 2011, the Hinrichsen Foundation has been a major shareholder in the company, and its income derives from the company’s profits.
Since the Foundation was set up, over 1400 grants totalling more than £1.8 million have been awarded.
Throughout this time the majority of awards have been made to subsidise the public performance of works by living composers – these have included performances in standard concert halls, churches, railway stations and other spaces. Awards have also been made to fund scholarships and bursaries at academic institutions or summer schools.
In 1994 the first Hinrichsen Composition Bursary was awarded: to date six awards have been made totalling £70,000, the first three direct to composers and the other three in association with institutions.