Konserttikeskus ry (Concert Centre Finland in English, Konsertcentralen rf in Swedish) is a non-profit association established in 1963. Its aim is to arrange tours of high-quality concert programmes in a wide variety all over Finland, mainly in public schools and kindergartens but the activities also include official concerts. Konserttikeskus also creates own concert productions and develops new forms and concepts for musicians to meet children and young people.
In addition to concerts, music related workshops are an important part of the activities.
Konserttikeskus is funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and the Finnish Performing Music Promotion Centre as well as some minor sources. Konserttikeskus had an annual expenditure of nearly 1 300 000 EUR in 2011.
The number of organized concerts and other events was over 1700 in 2011, with over 250 000 children taking part in the activities of the association.
Konserttikeskus started the pilot project "Concert to every school" in 2008 following the Norwegian and Danish school concert models, and during 2011-12 season over 100 000 school children in about 50 municipalities will take part in it. The state's Finland Art Award was conferred to the project in November 2009.
Konserttikeskus also organizes festivals every 3 years and occasionally produces recordings.
It currently has three full-time employees and three working part-time. Konserttikeskus employs some 200 professional musicians annually.
Concert Centre Finland has co-operation with other countries being an associate member of Jeunesses Musicales International (www.jmi.net) and a member of the Nordic Network for School Concerts (NNS) together with:
If you want to know more about Concert Centre Finland please do not hesitate to contact our office:
Address: Pengerkatu 11 A 1, 00530 Helsinki, Finland
Tel: +358 10 322 44 00
Fax: +358 9 321 2055