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 11, 2021

    The Musical Fund Society is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2021 Career Advancement Award is pianist Dynasty Battles. This Award is given annually to a musician under the age of 40 who has had a meaningful connection to Philadelphia during the time he or she was developing as an artist. The prize […]

  • November 22, 2020

    The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia is pleased to announce $50,000 in special grants to area musicians and music organizations, in recognition of the financially challenging climate for the arts right now. Musicians and music organizations are experiencing a serious loss of performance income while – paradoxically –the stock market continues to rise. In light […]