Foundation and government partners provide cornerstones of support that enrich the breadth of the Philharmonic's performances and community engagement. Collaborations with philanthropic leaders also enable the Philharmonic to catalyze innovative projects, create pathways to participation, and shape the future of classical music.

  • Artistic Initiatives

    The Philharmonic educates and inspires more than 50 million music lovers every year through approximately 200 concerts in New York City and in worldwide tours and residencies. Music Director Jaap van Zweden’s artistic vision has ushered in a new era for the organization that prioritizes musical innovation and community engagement. Artistic initiatives from recent seasons include Project 19, New York Stories: Threads of Our City, and fully staged productions such as Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth. Recent initiatives such as NY Phil Bandwagon and the immersive Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK experience are dynamic, new ways to participate in performances.

  • New Music

    Throughout its history, the Philharmonic has performed more than 600 World Premieres, including more than 200 commissions by established and emerging composers. Through a variety of commissioning projects, including Project 19, the Philharmonic continues to support the creation of new works in order to amplify the voices of those typically underrepresented in classical music. Many new works premiered by the Philharmonic move on to be performed regularly by prominent orchestras across the country and the world. New-music sponsors, who underwrite select performances of commissioned works and other premieres, receive extensive crediting and help us continue to introduce new repertoire to our global community.

  • Education and Community Engagement

    Music education is vital to students’ development, creativity, and well-being. Our Education initiatives connect students in partner schools across New York City with Philharmonic Teaching Artists, providing high-caliber music instruction through programs like Philharmonic Schools, Very Young Composers Program, and Young People’s Concerts and Young People’s Concerts for Schools, adapting to the needs of each partner school. Education sponsors ensure the continued longevity and expansion of these impactful programs.

  • Digital Media and Online Experience

    The New York Philharmonic is a longtime media pioneer, having made more than 2,000 recordings since 1917 and becoming the first orchestra to broadcast a concert over Facebook in 2016. Today, its work is widely accessible through recordings, digital broadcasts, social media, and other online experiences, including:

    1. Radio Programs: In its 17th season, The New York Philharmonic This Week radio series hosted by Board Member Alec Baldwin is syndicated nationally 52 weeks per year and available at

    2. Recordings: Through a partnership established with Decca Gold, multiple recordings are expected to be released in coming seasons.

    3. Archives: The New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives, launched in 2011, comprise more than 4 million pages of historical documents dating back to the Orchestra’s founding in 1842. It is the largest archive of any symphony orchestra in the United States, with a detailed catalogue of concert programs, photographs, business records, and other materials.

    In March 2020, the Philharmonic launched a digital portal, NY Phil Plays On, offering a collection of free digital content totaling more than 150 hours to date. NY Phil Plays On includes a wealth of educational resources, video and radio broadcasts, digitized materials from the Philharmonic’s extensive Archives, and even performances of Philharmonic musicians filmed from their homes. The portal draws from the Philharmonic’s vast array of multimedia materials to simulate the concert-going experience and build a digital community of classical music lovers.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    The New York Philharmonic is committed to advancing equity and a vision that the Orchestra welcome, reflect, and belong to all New Yorkers. For this purpose, the Philharmonic established the Equity and Inclusion Initiative, a multi-year, cross-organizational effort.

Contact Us

To learn more about foundation and government support, please contact:

Katelyn Simone​
Institutional Giving Officer
(212) 875-5697

Kevin O’Hora
Institutional Giving Officer
(212) 875-5684