Founded in 2009, the Kempinski Arts Programme works with arts organisations to increase cultural awareness, further international education in the arts and fulfill Kempinski’s commitment to refinement and culture. The programme is directed by Marylea van Daalen, who has been involved with classical music and the arts for decades, both in Europe and in the USA. Each year, four Fellowships are awarded in either classical music or visual arts who may never have the chance to further their studies in arts.
The programme differs from existing fellowships in that the selected candidates are not only subsidised with the usual financial means but are also supported with practical assistance on more everyday issues. More importantly, Kempinski provides the chosen candidates with a platform for their work and creativity, namely an international network stretching far beyond the boundaries of their native countries – an invaluable career boost for aspiring artists.
Fellowship of the Kempinski Arts Programme is by invitation only. The selection of candidates is made with the direct participation of arts professionals and mentors. Their input and involvement in the programme as joint supporters is invaluable in maintaining the highest standards and an objective selection.