Pianist Yefim Bronfman with Cynthia D. Sculco

Our Mission
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The Mission of the American Friends of the Salzburg Easter Festival

American Friends of the Salzburg Easter Festival was established in 2000 to encourage support for and attendance at the Easter Festival. Our membership was always comprised of music lovers from both North and South America. Since then, we have welcomed any and all who wish to affiliate themselves with us to become members.

The patronage system, established in 1967 by Herbert von Karajan, is included in the American Friends structure. The patron fee of $ 1,000 paid to our organization permits the donor to the same rights as those patrons who pay the fee in Salzburg in Euros. However, in addition to the fee, American Friends seeks to expand appreciation and camaraderie through lectures, dinners and special events in Salzburg and in New York.

Funds raised by American Friends, over and above the patron fees, are used to support specific programmatic components selected by the Board of American Friends in discussion with the management and the Music Director. These include but are not limited to the support for American artists, directors, designers and the like during the Festival.

Since public funding in Salzburg has not increased and is currently only 8% of the operating budget, and since the costs of all cultural projects world-wide have grown exponentially, the fundraising capability of our organization becomes ever more important. We are proud of our record of support and equally proud of our oversight of our grants and activities.

We welcome increased membership and, of course, increased generosity to allow this outstanding Festival to maintain its position as one of the brightest jewels in the world of music! To facilitate our fundraising activities, the American Friends Association has been granted status as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions are deductible to the extent provided by law.


How to Become a Member

> Become a member by filling in this Membership Form


Find out more

> Read the president's greeting
> Get to know the Members of the Board, Patrons and Sponsors