Roche: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: Roche awards grants to programs that encourage interactions with contemporary music and art.

IP TAKE: This funder supports organizations making a long-term commitment to the arts. Non-profits with short-term projects are unlikely to obtain funding from Roche.

PROFILE: Roche is among the world’s leading healthcare companies. Founded in 1896 by Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche, Roche began as a pharmaceutical company. In the early 2000s, the company restructured to focus on biotechnology. Roche dedicates its philanthropy to “[h]umanitarian and social projects” around the world and is committed to “[b]uilding stronger and healthier communities by improving human services and support systems, especially for those who need them the most.”  Roche’s grantmaking programs include humanitarian and social development, science education, strengthening communities and innovation in arts.

Roche prioritizes projects that promote sustainable development, provide opportunities for Roche to use its logistics capabilities, engage its employees in contemporary arts, educational and social activities, and those which involve Roche in early stage development with local governing bodies.  

Roche’s arts and culture program “[s]upports groundbreaking contemporary art, cultural projects and activities that explore the parallels between innovation in art and in science.” Past grantees include the Lucerne Festival Academy’s Innovative Composer Project and the Salzburg Festival. To learn more about select Roche grantees, explore its partners page.

Roche accepts unsolicited requests for funding. Grantseekers should direct local and domestic requests to local Roche affiliates and direct international requests to the Corporate Donations Philanthropy group.


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