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 stewards the Kronos Quartet, known worldwide for commissioning and performing new and historic works for string quartets. The quartet has toured locally, nationally, and internationally, and commissioned more than 1,000 new works by guest composers. The association also presents the annual Kronos Festival, a multi-day celebration of new works from diverse traditions and genres, featuring guest artists and composers, and produces numerous educational activities through partnerships with schools and universities. In a typical year, the organization engages more than 50,000 people through its programs. Support of this organization advances the Performing Arts Program’s Communities strategy.

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