Konserttikeskus (Concert Centre Finland) 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. 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 Music Foundation (MES) as well as some minor sources. Konserttikeskus had an annual expenditure of nearly 1 250 000 EUR in 2017.
The number of organized concerts and other events varies annually between 1200 and 1700, with 200 000 - 300 000 children taking part in the activities of the association.
At the beginning of each year the program committee of Konserttikeskus consisting of six members chooses new music groups for the following school year. A producer develops each new program together with the musicians before the tours begin. The number of programs for each season is nearly 40 and they show a large variety in style and genre.
Especially during the past ten years Konserttikeskus has had many special projects and e.g. in 2017 there were several special programs linked to the centenary of Finlands's independency.
Konserttikeskus started a new way for arranging tours "Concert to every school" as a pilot project in 2008 following the Norwegian and Danish school concert models. All pupils of over 60 municipalities can annually enjoy a school concert at the moment, the total number being over 80 000. The state's Finland Art Award was conferred to the project in 2009.
Konserttikeskus also organizes school concert festivals and occasionally produces recordings.
The next Showcase Korvat kävelylle! will take place in Muurame in March 2019. During the festival the Inkku Award founded by Konserttikeskus will be conferred for the third time.
Konserttikeskus is an associate member of Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) and a member of the Nordic Network for School Concerts. The international cooperation aims to increase the quantity as well as quality of concerts for young audiences and to improve the possibilities for the exchange of concerts between the European countries/regions. A stellar example of this cooperation was during 2014 - 2016 JMI's Blackboard Music Project which was supported by EU’s Culture Programme Creative Europe.
Konserttikeskus has currently four full-time employees and one working part-time. Konserttikeskus employs 120-150 professional musicians annually.