Supporters

The Foundation's principal aim in organizing concerts and the International Festival of Sacred Music and Art is to promote sacred music and to present the Foundation's institutional activities, i.e. the restoration of precious works of sacred architecture and art. Whoever shares these intentions can take part in the Foundation's initiatives, and in doing so contributes to the preservation of sacred music and religious art in places of worship which are part of the heritage of mankind.

With their contribution, Members in the Circle of Friends support the promotion of sacred music, the organisartion of church music concerts and the organisation of the Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra once a year.

Members in the Circle of Friends are continuously informed about the Foundation's activities in the current year and receive invitations to all concerts, to the Festival and to other sacred music events organized by the Foundation, with seating in the sector dedicated to them. Furthermore they will receive offers for exclusive music tours and programs.

Members in the Circle of Supporters, in addition to church music concerts also support the Foundation's restoration projects. In 2018-2020 the Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra finances or supports the following projects in the sectors of sacred music and art:

• the International Festival of Sacred Music and Art;
• the musical and ecumenical projects of the Sistine Music Chapel;
• the restoration of the tambours of the cupola of St. Peter's Basilica and of the smaller cupola of the Chapel Clementina;
• the open-air concert with the Vienna Philharmonic on June 29th, 2018 in Rome at piazza Pio XII. (square in front of St Peter’s square) which will be entitled “Vienna Philharmonic for Refugees” in collaboration with the Vatican office “Migrants & Refugees Section for Integral Human Development”.

In addition – again with the Vienna Philharmonic – we will inaugurate a great project dedicated to Anton Bruckner, since 2024 will be the two-hundredth anniversary of his birth in Ansfelden, on September 4, 1824. To celebrate this important and historical date, over a period of seven years – from 2018 to 2024 – the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Christoph Eschenbach will execute the entire series of Bruckner’s symphonies, performing every year in one of the most important cathedrals of Europe. The inauguration concert will be held on June 3rd, 2018 in St Florian (Austria).

Members in the Circle of Supporters receive invitations to the concerts organized by the Foundation, to the Festival and to all further Foundation events in the sector of sacred music, and, in addition to this and according to the category they choose, to all further events the foundation organizes. In 2018 these are an exclusive tour to the laboratories of the Fabric of the Basilica of St Peter and other exclusive visits to the Vatican, organized in small groups with expert English speaking guides, which allow the visitor to see all venues in the Basilica of St peter and in the Vatican Necropolis which have been restored with the Foundation's support. Some of these visits can be combined with an audience with His Eminence Angelo Cardinal Comastri, Vicar general of His Holiness for Vatican City, Archpriest of St Peter's and President of the Fabric of St Peter's. At the concerts, the Members in the Circle of Supporters will have seating in the sector dedicated to them. Furthermore they will receive offers for exclusive music tours and VIP travel programs.

For all members in the Circle of Friends and of Supporters the Foundation will be happy to help arrange participation in a general audience of His Holiness Pope Francis

Seating during the concerts of the Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra is arranged according to the following general guidelines:

• Senator, Consul and Patrons receive an invitation to all concerts for a seat in the first row.
• Diamond Supporters receive an invitation to all concerts for a seat in the second row.
• Platinum Supporters receive an invitation to all concerts for a seat in the third row.
• Friends Category Gold receive an invitation to all concerts for a seat in the gold sector beginning with the fourth row.
• Friends Category Silver receive an invitation to all concerts for a seat in the central nave behind the gold sector.
• Friends Category Bronze receive an invitation to all concerts for a seat in the central nave behind the silver sector.
• Friends Category Big Friend receive an invitation to all concerts for a seat in the central nave behind the bronze sector.
• Friends receive an invitation to all concerts for a seat in the rear rows of the central nave or in the front rows of the side naves.

For more information on how to become a supporter or friends, see Attendance