Philanthropy, alongside public funding, will play an increasing pivotal role in sustaining creativity and innovation in the performing arts.
Edilia Gänz is the Director of FEDORA – The European Circle of Philanthropists of Opera and Ballet, a non-profit organisation that supports the renewal of these art forms.
Over the past six years, Ms Gänz developed FEDORA’s European philanthropic and cultural network that comprises today 95 opera houses, festivals, and ballet companies in 25 countries as well as individual and corporate donors.
Based at the Paris National Opera at the Palais Garnier in Paris,Ms Gänz manages an international prizes competition that awards promising teams of emerging artists who create new operas or ballets. The privately funded prizes support innovative projects that reach out to new and young audiences while contributing to intercultural dialogue and collaboration.
Ms Gänz has harnessed the digital shift by spearheading the development of the European FEDORA Platform. It is a unique online showcase of excellence and innovation in the field of opera and ballet that allows the public to participate in nominating their favourite artistic projects for the various prizes as well as in cross-border crowdfunding towards their realisation.
She has also contributed to the set-up of Europe's first online Transnational Giving Platform. In 2019, Forbes Magazine featured Edilia Gänz among the "Forbes 30 under 30 in Arts & Culture,” as one of the most promising cultural managers in Europe.