Access for all

Dr. Sharon Azrieli, Chair of AMACC Advisory Council, and Kelly Rice, AMACC Advisory Council member © Danylo Bobyk for the Azrieli Foundation

With the launch of its Azrieli Music Arts and Culture Centre, the Azrieli Foundation expands its mission to increase access to the arts across Canada.

Building on its reputation as a transformative force within the Canadian arts sector, the Azrieli Foundation opened its Azrieli Music, Arts and Culture Centre (AMACC) last month at an event in Montréal. The AMACC will act as a single banner to coordinate all of the foundation’s existing funding efforts, seeking to act as a key funder and strategic partner within the country’s cultural landscape.

Drawing on the philanthropic legacy of its founder David J. Azrieli z” l, one of the centre’s founding principles is to expand access to meaningful arts experiences. As a result, the centre will dedicate significant funding to a broad range of recipients, particularly typically underrepresented communities within the arts. Alongside funding, the AMACC will also broaden access to quality arts education, aligning with one of its six core pillars, alongside interconnected areas such as healthcare and research.

The foundation’s prestigious Azrieli Music Prizes will also fall within the remit of the new centre, building on its reputation as Canada’s largest composers’ competition and one of the most significant on the global stage. Alongside this, the AMACC will also continue the foundation’s pivotal role in various sector-building initiatives, including CANVAS – a North American-wide funding collective that supports the goal of a 21st-Century Jewish cultural renaissance.

Having represented a formidable voice within the Canadian arts sector for over a decade, the inauguration of the AMACC represents a new chapter for the Azrieli Foundation, set to create lasting, positive change for artists across the country.

Originally published in International Arts Manager.