The global health crisis brought the world of arts and culture to its knees. Performances and productions were cancelled for months, causing many artists and creative workers to lose economic and social stability.
verbier festival emergency relief fund
The Verbier Festival Emergency Relief Fund was launched in April 2020 to offer support to those Verbier Festival family members most in need. The Fund provided CHF 866K to 372 freelance, self-employed and newly unemployed alumni of the Verbier Festival Academy—those musicians who have been part of the Festival’s orchestras, soloist, chamber music, voice and conducting programmes—plus alumni production and technical crew. Grants ranged from CHF 1,000 to 5,000 each. Applications for support are no longer being accepted.
The Verbier Festival Emergency Relief Fund was 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 ensured compliance measures were met and distributed grants directly to the selected artists in need.