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 over 1 100 000 EUR in 2016.
The number of organized concerts and other events varies annually between 1200 and 1500, with over 200 000 children taking part in the activities of the association.
At the beginning of each year the programme committee of Konserttikeskus consisting of six members chooses new music groups for the following school year. A producer develops each new programme together with the musicians before the tours begin. The number of programmes for each season is nearly 40 and they show a large variety in style and genre.
In 2017 Konserttikeskus has several special programmes 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 November 2009.
Konserttikeskus also organizes school concert festivals and occasionally produces recordings.
The Showcase Korvat kävelylle! took place in Kaarina in March 2016. During the festival the Inkku Award founded by Konserttikeskus was conferred for the second time. The festival was a part of the Blackboard Music Project supported by the European Commission under the Creative Europe programme. The project was initiated within Jeunesses Musicales International where Konserttikeskus is an associate member besides being s 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.
Konserttikeskus has currently four full-time employees and one working part-time. Konserttikeskus employs 120-150 professional musicians annually.