Culture

For 40 years now, the BNP Paribas Foundation has empowered those who take action. Our conviction? That philanthropy is a crucial means of leveraging transformation. Boldness, creativity, youth, accessibility and inclusion are the hallmarks of our cultural initiatives.

The BNP Paribas Foundation places artistic creativity and access to culture at the heart of its cultural philanthropy. By engaging with numerous artists and institutions, hosting them and disseminating their work, it provides support, among others, to danse, jazz, and new circus arts. It also ensures that as many people as possible have access to culture, thanks to its support of programmes such as Villa Médicis, the Maîtrise de Radio France and the hip-hop section of Turgot high school in Paris.
Identifying, reaching out to, and rallying talents who create innovative projects – that’s what we do. 

Our goal? To scale up sustainable, high-impact solutions via a collaborative, complementary and systemic approach. As part of its Culture engagement, the BNP Paribas Foundation adheres to a dynamic of exploring new chorographic and musical approaches, and creating new narratives.

Since 1984, the BNP Paribas Foundation has supported more than 500 cultural projects
“I like this idea of the outreach role that the foundation plays in creativity and its pioneering role, while providing access to culture for as many people as possible.”

Isabelle Giordano

Head of Philanthropy at the BNP Paribas Group and General Delegate of the BNP Paribas Foundation

The BNP Paribas Foundation's commitment to cultural sponsorship in figures

€2.23 M

budget allocated to culture in 2022

34

artists supported in 2023

24

festivals and institutions supported in 2023

Dance and circus

Supporting contemporary creation

The BNP Paribas Foundation has supported dance creation for nearly 40 years and is committed to artists who create and explore new territories. Its long-term support helps its partners to carry out their projects and contributes to the vitality of artistic and cultural creation. Convinced that hybrid forms and cross-cutting disciplines are valuable to culture, it also supports circus artists.

in 2024, THE BNP PARIBAS FOUNDATION IS SUPPORTING 14 COMPANIES’ PROJECTS AND 8 PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTIONS.

Screws, by Alexander Vantournhout - supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation

© Bart Grietens

Renewal of partnership with the Maison de la Danse

The Foundation renewed its partnership with the Maison de la Danse(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) (Lyon) that it has been supporting since 1986.

Dissemination, awareness, and accessibility of culture, as well as support for artists, social inclusion, change management, and international openness… These are all values that we share and that remain at the heart of the projects of our longstanding partner.

The appointment of its director Tiago Guedes is part of this continuity thanks to his artistic, societal, sustainable, inclusive, and representative of diversity projectOnly Dance – A shared future for dance in Lyon”.

Imagining dance in the digital age

The BNP Paribas Foundation is also interested in new links between artistic creation and technological innovation

How do we create in the digital age? What are the new possibilities offered by technology in the field of choreography? The BNP Paribas Foundation supports experimentation and the development of innovative proposals for the creation and dissemination of dance

In 2018, it created the Dansathon, in partnership with the 

Théâtre de Liège(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab), the Sadler’s Wells(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) in London, the Maison de la Danse(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) in Lyon. It also supports the numeridanse.tv(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) platform, which gives free access to a unique video collection: filmed shows, documentaries, interviews, fictions...

Promoting dialogue between dance and digital technology

Dance and circus, arts of our world in motion

The BNP Paribas Foundation supports the projects of 17 companies and 6 performing arts institutions. Discover them in our highlight dedicated to our commitment to contemporary creation.

Our commitments to performing arts

Jazz and improvised music

Nearly 30 years of commitment for creation

In 1995, the BNP Paribas Foundation chose to take its cultural patronage off the beaten track. As with dance and circus arts, it has taken the path of audacity and modernity, by betting on creation in music. Listening to and being attentive to others, opening up to different cultures, being confident in a group while being able to make one’s own place, being involved in a collective process... these are all values that unite jazz and the BNP Paribas Foundation. 

Nearly 30 years of loyalty and passion for jazz have benefited more than 30 artists and groups, as well as some thirty festivals and institutions in France and abroad. 

in 2024, THE BNP PARIBAS FOUNDATION PROVIDES SUPPORT TO 13 ARTISTS AND 15 JAZZ FESTIVALS

Supporting artists’ careers

Since 1995, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been supporting jazz musicians, and helping them develop their projects, by providing funds towards recording, promoting and broadcasting their concerts

And by activating the Bank’s networks in France and abroad, we strive to make jazz and improvised music musicians known and to broaden their audience by promoting interactions and meetings. 

Seeking to help young professional musicians emerge, the Foundation also participates in awarding prizes such as the Tremplin Jeunes Talents of the, the Django Reinhardt Prize of the Académie du Jazz(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab), the Tremplin ReZZo of the Vienna Jazz Festival, as well as the Jazz Migration(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) scheme, supported by the Jazzé Croisé association(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)

MEET THE MUSICIANS SUPPORTED BY THE BNP PARIBAS FOUNDATION

Jazz: music that brings people together and continually reinvents itself

To find out more about the BNP Paribas Foundation's commitment to Jazz, discover our highlight. You will discover the 13 artists that we support, the way in which we support distribution, as well as all our jazz news!

Our commitments to jazz

Supporting regional and international festivals

Supporting jazz creation involves enabling musicians to create but also, and above all, disseminating their work. Hence, the BNP Paribas Foundation supports festivals with ambitious programmes, in France or in countries where BNP Paribas is present. Each of these festivals, like the artists, benefits from tailor-made support and careful attention to their development ambitions. 

The BNP Paribas Foundation supports several major festivals in France, such as the  Saint-Germain-des-Prés Jazz Festival(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) in Paris, the city of Lille’s piano festival(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab), L’Esprit du Piano(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) in Bordeaux, Piano aux Jacobins(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) in Toulouse or the Jazz sous les pommiers(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) Festival in Coutances. In 2017, the Foundation co-founded the Variations Festival, a musical event dedicated to all keyboard music, with the city of Nantes’ Lieu Unique(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab), a national stage. Since 2019, the Foundation also supports Jazzdor(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab), a festival held in Strasbourg, in Berlin, Dresde and Budapest, which aims to highlight the singularity of jazz creation and the emergence of new musicians.

© Nicolas Joubard

Supporting young talent 

Supporting creation also means trusting the talent of young, passionate jazz musicians. In addition to their artistic and technical qualities, they are confronted with many challenges and questions on their way to becoming professional. The BNP Paribas Foundation supports initiatives that aim to identify, develop, and support promising artistic projects beyond national borders. It is in this context that the BNP Paribas Foundation supports four initiatives/levers that encourage the emergence of new talent: the Jazz Migration(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) program,  Propulsion in Grand-Est / Luxemburg / Belgium, the Jazz sous les pommiers Festival artist residency(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) , the “Propulsion” mechanism in eastern France, Luxembourg and Belgium, as well as the Tremplin ReZZo of the Vienne Jazz Festival (in Vienne, France).

Since the 2023/2024 season, the BNP Paribas Foundation has contributed to Women in Jazz, a women’s mentorship project in improvised music.

discover the musicians supported by the bnp paribas foundation

Making culture accessible to as many people as possible

In addition to supporting artistic creativity, the Foundation also seeks to broaden access to cultural and artistic practice to as many people as possible, children in particular.That’s why it has always ensured that its initiatives in favour of music and festivals allow them to offer attractive prices. For example, in 2004, it became one of the major sponsors of the Paris National Opera with this goal in mind. It stepped up this initiative in 2015 with the creation of special premier performances for persons younger than 28.

In 2015, just after celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Foundation launched Dream Up, an international education programme that promotes artistic creativity in children from underprivileged backgrounds by allowing them to practice various disciplines, including music, singing, theatre, dance, the visual arts, and others.Since its creation, 55,000 children have benefited from Dream Up in 29 countries.

Drawing on the experience with Dream Up, the Foundation has also chosen to support other initiatives such as the Maîtrise de Radio France, the Résidence Pro de la Villa Médicis, the only sports section Hip-Hop in France within the Lycée Turgot, the participatory artistic creation project ‘Au coeur de l’Athénée’ by the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, and the ‘Reach’ programmes of Zip Zap Circus School.

Following an unprecedented philanthropic operation by the Group, the Foundation is supporting new cultural transmission activities, such as the Wizz (Women in Jazz) of the Festival Jazz sous les pommes in Coutances, the Propulsion programme run by Compagnie Tangram, Ciné Fabrique – l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Cinéma in Lyon, the Marseille branch of the Ecole Kurtajmé, the Un pas vers la jeunesse project of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, the Lyons branch of Elan, the school of equal opportunities for dance launched by the Centre national de la Danse, and the Delphine Levy chair of the Fondation de l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Photo: header Dodecadanse - The Dodecadanse - Theo Ceccaldi / Kaori Ito ©Julien Vivante / 

Dance ©Rahi Rezvani / Jazz Anne Paceo ©Sylvain Gripoix