Pro Helvetia supports the creation of new music, its dissemination at home and abroad, and outreach to music audiences. This covers all areas of present-day music, from jazz, pop, rock and folk music to contemporary classical music. Our aim is to raise the diversity and the international awareness of the Swiss music scene.
Pro Helvetia grants contributions to around 500 music projects each year, ranging from tours to composition. We encourage festivals abroad to include contemporary Swiss music in their programme, and regularly invite organisers of international festivals to Switzerland to familiarise them with the Swiss music scene. We are responsible for Switzerland’s presence at numerous specialist fairs and showcase festivals abroad, including jazzahead! in Bremen and the World Music Expo WOMEX in Spain. Up-and-coming young bands and composers benefit from our cooperation with renowned institutions at home and abroad in the form of residencies and coaching programmes.
In addition, we support tours by selected young jazz bands through our «high priority jazz promotion» programme. Pro Helvetia is a founding member and co-sponsor of «Swiss Music Export». Under the heading «Oeuvres Suisses», we promote composition of new Swiss orchestra pieces, as well as the international presence of Swiss orchestras.