French and international festivals
Supporting jazz creation means enabling musicians to create, but also and especially allowing their work to be widely broadcasted. This is the reason why the BNP Paribas Foundation supports ambitious festivals in France and in countries where BNP Paribas operates. Like the artists it supports, all the festivals receive tailored support and an attentive ear for their development ambitions.
The BNP Paribas Foundation supports many major festivals in France; the Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris, the Lille piano(s) festival, L’Esprit du Piano in Bordeaux, the festival Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, Jazzdor in Strasbourg and Berlin, and the Jazz sous les Pommiers festival. Since 2017, it has been the founding sponsor of the Festival Variations in Nantes, a hybrid festival dedicated to all forms of keyboard music.
Backing young talented musicians
Funding creation also means trusting the talent of passionate young jazz musicians. Despite their artistic and technical skills, they face many challenges and questions on the road to becoming professionals. The BNP Paribas Foundation funds programmes that aim to identify, develop and support beyond borders the promising artistic projects of these young talents.