Supporting the Verbier Festival Family

Emergency relief to freelance, self-employed and newly unemployed Verbier Festival Academy alumni — solo, chamber and orchestral instrumentalists, singers, conductors — and alumni production and technical crew facing lost income because of the global COVID-19 pandemic


The current global health crisis is having a severe impact on the world of arts and culture. Performances and productions have been cancelled for months, causing many artists and creative workers to lose economic and social stability. Spearheaded by Verbier Festival Founder & Director Martin T:son Engstroem, a new fund has been created by a group of generous arts patrons who have expressed concern for the well-being of Verbier Festival Academy alumni—those musicians who have been part of the Festival’s orchestras, soloist, chamber music, voice and conducting programmes—and who are in desperate need of financial help. These donors also recognise the hardship facing those who work behind the scenes on the Festival’s production and technical teams. The Verbier Festival Emergency Relief Fund cannot hope to replace entire fees or lost work for everyone, but it aims to make a small difference to help those Verbier Festival family members who are most at need. Assistance from CHF 1,000 to CHF 5,000 will be granted without expectation of repayment. The Verbier Festival has been tasked with reviewing applications and identifying those who are in need of support.

Fund Oversight

The Verbier Festival Emergency Relief Fund is held and administered independently from the Verbier Festival Foundation by the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation—a not-for-profit foundation based in Geneva, whose mission is to create, host and manage philanthropic funds. As an independent entity, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation will ensure compliance measures are met and will distribute grants directly to the selected artists in need.

Guiding Principles

The Verbier Festival Emergency Relief Fund aims to provide relief from financial hardship. To that end, we ask for relatively little by way of documentation. We trust that those who apply indeed face a vulnerable situation during this crisis period.

No one funder can lessen the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before applying, we ask candidates to self-assess their financial situation and to only apply if they are critically in need and for the amount that is needed.