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Hooray! We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2023! The celebrations will be themed around the future of arts.


Uniarts Helsinki’s foundations help the university improve its arts education and provide support for the academies and their students.

Uniarts Helsinki has two foundations: University of the Arts Helsinki Foundation and Sibelius Academy Foundation. The grants give students and staff the opportunity to develop as artists by participating in international courses, for example.  

Through these foundations, you can either provide support for all the academies in general or allocate funds to a specific artistic discipline that you find the most meaningful.

University of the Arts Helsinki Foundation

The University of the Arts Helsinki Foundation was established in 2018, and for the time being, its primary focus is on fundraising. The foundation will award grants for the first time in 2021.

The grants will be awarded through the foundation’s three funds: General Fund, Academy of Fine Arts Fund and Theatre Academy Fund.

The board members of the University of the Arts Helsinki Foundation are Heikki Lehtonen, Kaarlo Hildén, Leif Jakobsson, Teijamari Jyrkkiö and Mikael Karkkonen.

Sibelius Academy Foundation

The Sibelius Academy Foundation, operating in connection with Uniarts Helsinki, awards grants to music students. The foundation was established in 1931, and it covers a total of 40 different funds that have been set up with the help of donations or bequests.

The Sibelius Academy Foundation finance the international Maj Lind Piano Competition. The companion is arranged every five years and the next competition is in the fall of 2022.

The board members of the foundation are Lauri Paloheimo (chair), Tom von Weymarn (vice chair), Eeva Ahdekivi, Emilie Gardberg, Mammu Kaario, Tapio Oksanen and Jorma Ollila.