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

  • May 16, 2022

    Praised for his “burnished tone and focused phrasing,” (Chestnut Hill Local) baritone Jean Bernard Cerin has charmed audiences throughout the United States, France, Austria, and his native Haiti. A gifted recitalist, he won the Gerard Souzay Prize for best performance of a French Mélodie at the Joy in Singing International Song Competition in 2018. On […]

  • April 16, 2022

      The Musical Fund Society celebrated its bicentennial in 2020 with four newly commissioned works by significant American composers and presented their world premieres with leading Philadelphia ensembles on May 1, 2022 at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater. Check out these features on the Celebration from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Opera Wire! The Classical Post […]