Stimulating musical creation
The Ferrer-Salat Music Foundation was created in Barcelona in 1982 by Carles Ferrer Salat, a multi-faceted entrepreneur, with the aim of promoting and disseminating contemporary classical music.
Its initial objective was to stimulate musical creation in its different forms and, above all, to contribute to the composers' music being interpreted, listened to and disseminated. Thus, in this first stage, the foundation focused its activities on the annual announcement and presentation of the Reina Sofía Prize for Musical Composition, limited to Spain.
In 1998 his son Sergi Ferrer-Salat became President and progressively expanded its scope of action. For the Reina Sofía Prize for Musical Composition, renowned jury members, both Spanish and international, were incorporated. The Reina Sofía Prize for Musical Composition is today a well-established prize.
In 2007, the collaboration with the Barcelona International Jazz Festival began, through the organization and sponsorship of its own cycle of concerts within the festival, always focused on a specific theme. By expanding the list of artists who were present at the festival, it contributed to its international reputation and to the enrichment of the cultural scene in the city of Barcelona.
TRAINING AS A STRATEGIC TOOL
The Ferrer-Salat Music Foundation considers musical education to be a fundamental element of people’s education in general and, as such, a cornerstone of social progress. Therefore, in 2010, as part of this unwavering commitment, it began a close relationship with the Liceu Conservatory of Music. This collaboration started with the Ferrer-Salat Scholarships for studies at the Conservatory, aimed at promoting excellence in young musicians in the fields of Classical, Contemporary, Jazz and Modern Music.
Since its origins, this alliance with the Conservatory has continued to develop through multiple initiatives, such as the organization of concerts and masterclasses by internationally renowned artists throughout the year and the constant improvement of the equipment at the Liceu Conservatory.
In 2020, the collaboration with ARTransforma began. It is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 by art and culture professionals with the aim of promoting equal opportunities and universal access to art and culture in a variety of aspects and artistic disciplines. ARTransforma strongly feels the need to work towards everyone, especially people at risk of social exclusion and in vulnerable situations, having access to culture and education and to participate in cultural and artistic activities.