Kronos Performing Arts Association

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
The Kronos Quartet is known around the world for reimagining the string quartet through performance of contemporary music, commissioning of new works, and exploration of new instruments and sounds. Kronos manages its extensive yearly programming, which includes twenty-two weeks of national and international live concert tours, performing for more than 150,000 audience members. The organization’s programming is extended through audio recordings, podcasts, and twenty-four multi-day residencies and workshops. During the grant period, Kronos intends to begin archiving its voluminous inventory of music. Kronos also plans to launch the Fifty for the Future initiative, commissioning ten new works each year—half from women composers—for five years, designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals, establishing a permanent legacy beyond the life of the quartet.
About the Grantee
1242 Ninth Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122-2307
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
Kronos Performing Arts Association is the organizational entity that stewards the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet. In addition to managing the quartet’s 22-week touring schedule, Kronos produces numerous educational activities through partnerships with schools and universities, and hosts an annual Kronos Festival at the SFJAZZ Center (a Hewlett Foundation grantee) celebrating new works for string quartet and featuring a powerful roster of guest artists and composers. Each year, the organization engages more than 50,000 people through its programs. In the coming grant period, it will continue its performance and presenting work, round out its Fifty for the Future commissioning initiative, and strengthen its organizational capacity through planning, fundraising, and board development.

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