Wihuri Foundation donates 450 000 euros for the internationalisation of music education

The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation has made a donation of 450 000 euros for a visitor programme to be launched by the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki). The programme invites some of the most prominent artists in the field of music to visit Finland as guest teachers. The programme will offer a new type of platform for international cooperation and a window to the Finnish know-how in the field of music.

“Music has been one of the most long-term and most significant causes that the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation has shown its support to. Thanks to the Sibelius Summer Academy visitor programme, the Finnish music scene can continue to become more international and reach an even higher level. The universities’ core budgets are rather limited nowadays. Through their funding, foundations are able to increase universities’ flexibility and thereby encourage experimentation with new initiatives”, noted Arto Mäenmaa, Executive Director of the Wihuri Foundations.

The visitor programme will invite internationally renowned artists to Helsinki to collaborate with the university’s teachers, researchers and students periodically in 2019–2022. The general public will have the opportunity to enjoy the artistic works that the guests and local artists will create as a collaboration. The Sibelius Summer Academy is one of Uniarts Helsinki’s international initiatives. 

“Art is international by nature, and having a dynamic connection to the global arts scene is of vital importance for the Finnish arts education. The borders of art have never been geographically defined”, said Uniarts Helsinki’s Rector Jari Perkiömäki.

The donation from the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation celebrates the 135th anniversary of the birth of Antti Wihuri on 9 October. The total sum of 450 000 euros will be split over three years.

Further information: 
Kaarlo Hilden
Dean, Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy
kaarlo.hilden(at)uniarts.fi, tel. 040 7104 312