Investing in the musical life and legacy of Philadelphia


The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, established in 1820, invests in the cultural life and musical legacy of the Philadelphia region by supporting local music institutions, advancing the careers of exceptional young artists, and building community around classical music.

About the Society

The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, established in 1820, is the oldest continuing musical organization in the United States. The Society’s membership represents an unusual cross-section of the Philadelphia community that includes professional and amateur musicians.

Our Purpose

Like other organizations founded on its model in Boston and elsewhere, the Musical Fund Society was organized to promote music performance and to aid needy musicians. It continues to play an active role in the career advancement of exceptional performing musicians and composers, and sponsors the Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award.

Recent News

  • December 1, 2023

    MFS is proud to support Orchestra 2001 this year. O2001 is joined by the husband-wife team of composer Dr. Justinian Tamusuza and leading African ethnomusicologist, Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza this season. The two share a cross-continental, virtual/live composer residency from Uganda, East […]

  • December 1, 2023

    Each season, MFS partners with our friends at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society to offer a number of fantastic evenings of music that spotlight world class artists and composers with close ties to Philadelphia. Up to two tickets to each of the […]