FRIENDS OF THE SALZBURG FESTIVAL FR DE

 

Out of love for the Salzburg Festival

The Association of Friends of the Salzburg Festival was founded in 1961 by the Festival’s then president, Bernhard Paumgartner, who wanted to forge a closer link between, on the one hand, Salzburg and its Festival and, on the other, visitors from all over the world and in that way build up a regular audience.

What was initially a small group of enthusiasts has grown in the meantime into one of the largest organizations that is involved in sponsoring the arts. In total the Association now numbers around 6,600 Friends from some sixty countries in seven different membership categories.

“The Friends are faithful friends, always ready to support the Salzburg Festival whenever they are needed,” says Heinrich Spängler, who has been the president of the Friends of the Salzburg Festival since 1999. The Association’s aim is to promote the thinking behind the Salzburg Festival and to provide the Festival with practical and conceptual support.


President Heinrich Spängler (© Bankhaus Spängler)

The Friends are the Festival’s most important private donor and, as such, one of its principal pillars in terms of its financial foundations. Membership fees support the Salzburg Festival both in the form of an annual grant, thereby contributing directly to Festival productions, and through the Friends’ yearly support for special projects such as the Festival’s opening party and the “Festival Ticket = Bus Ticket” initiative. Each year the Friends’ contribution makes up around 5 % of the Festival’s budget, making the Association its single biggest sponsor.

In addition to its grants towards the cost of mounting the Festival programme and its support for special projects, the Association regularly raises funds for building projects and for special acquisitions. Over the years, the Friends of the Salzburg Festival have contributed to countless projects, including 3.5 million euros for the cost of the Haus für Mozart, 3.2 million for a new roof for the Felsenreitschule, 250,000 euros for the renovation of the fly tower in the Haus für Mozart, 177,000 euros for the Felsenreitschule stage and 130,000 euros for the refurbishment of the artists’ and musicians’ dressing rooms. A further donation of 147,000 euros made it possible to purchase a new concert grand, while the sum of 115,000 euros was used to equip the opera musicians’ stands with LED lights, 250,000 euros to refurbish the Karl-Böhm-Saal and 200,000 euros to provide a new orchestra shell for the Großes Festspielhaus. Now the Friends are raising money for the new surtitle system for the Haus für Mozart.

The Friends have been supporting this unique Festival for more than sixty years not just financially but through their ideas as well, helping to introduce the thinking behind the Festival to a wider world by focusing on all that people of different backgrounds have in common and by highlighting the notion of reconciliation and peace. These ideas are just as important today as they were when the Festival was founded in 1920.

As a Friend you are part of a community that has been growing over the course of several decades and that includes multiple benefits. Throughout the year the Association keeps its members apprised of developments with its Friends’ Magazine, which is published three times a year, and each summer it offers an extensive and exclusive summer programme, when you can meet some of the Festival’s artists, attend introductory talks and take part in guided tours. Depending on your type of membership, you may also enjoy additional benefits.

We look forward to welcoming you into our circle as a Friend of the Salzburg Festival. Please click here for further information on membership.

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Members of the board

Heinrich SPÄNGLER
President

Astrid WIMMER
1st Vice President

Claus SPRUZINA
2nd Vice President

Elisabeth RESMANN
Secretary

Carl Philipp SPÄNGLER
Treasurer


Members of the Salzburg Festival
Board of Directors

Kristina HAMMER
Markus HINTERHÄUSER
Lukas CREPAZ


Other members

Korbinian BIRNBACHER
Hans-Werner JACOB
Peter KASERER
Claudia PORSCHE
Thaddaeus ROPAC
Karl Ludwig VAVROVSKY


Advisory board

Wolfgang GMACHL
Clemens HELLSBERG
Siegbert STRONEGGER
Cornelia GANTNER
Alexa WESNER


Auditors

Anna DAURER
Johann SEITLINGER

 

Friends’ Office

Managing directors

Rafael FRAUSCHER
and
Claudia SCHMIDT-HAHN

Office

Anna-Maria ANGERER-PECHLANER

phone 0043 662 8045-284
fax 0043 662 8045-474
office@festspielfreunde.at
Friends of the Salzburg Festival
Mönchsberg 1
5020 Salzburg
accessed by lift from the Toscaninihof

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
during the Salzburg Festival:
Monday to Saturday
from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday
from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

Freunde der Salzburger Festspiele e.V.
Bad Reichenhall
(tax deductible)
by application to the office of the
Friends in Salzburg

 

Salzburg Festival Society, Inc.
USD 1,500
(tax deductible)
Joseph BARTNING
509 Madison Avenue, PH
New York, NY 10022, USA
phone 001 212 355-5675
fax 001 212 355-5677
office@sfsociety.org

 

Swiss Friends of the Salzburg Festival
CHF 1,500
(tax deductible)
Anna-Christine STRAUB
phone 0041 77 4679067
schweizer@festspielfreunde.at

 

Les Amis Français
du Festival de Salzbourg
EUR 1 300
(tax deductible)
Bertrand DERMONCOURT
2, rue Jean-Babtiste Pigalle
75009 Paris, France
phone : 0033 6 80 45 37 70
amis@festspielfreunde.at

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