Out of love for the Salzburg Festival –
the success story of the Friends
“The Friends are faithful friends, always there to support the Salzburg Festival whenever needed,” their President, Heinrich Spängler assures us.
President Spängler's main focus is to encourage more people to become patrons and supporters of the Salzburg Festival.
The Association of Friends' of the Salzburg Festival is the Festival's biggest sponsor.
President Heinrich Spängler (© Bankhaus Spängler)
The Friends' Association was founded in 1961 at the instigation of Bernhard Paumgartner, whose idea was to establish a closer link with Salzburg and its Festival for visitors from all over the world. The impetus was the opening of the Grosses Festspielhaus in July 1960, which meant that the Salzburg Festival had 2,000 more seats available and needing to be filled.
Heinrich Spängler has been President of the Friends and Patrons since 1999. As a scion of one of Salzburg's oldest families – the Spängler Bank is Austria's longest-established banking house – and with his training in London, Paris and New York he is ideally suited to be chairman of this international association.
Patrons pay an annual fee of 1,250 euros, which is tax-deductible in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. Benefits include priority booking, use of the Patrons' Lounge, a special gift for Patrons, and the opportunity to attend Patrons' rehearsals.
There is a very attractive package offered to members of the Silver Club and the Golden Club. Silver Club members pay an annual subscription of 10,000 euros, Golden Club members 50,000 euros. In return they receive all the benefits enjoyed by Patrons plus an invitation to the opening ceremony of the Festival, and they receive programme vouchers in advance and seat reservations for performances with free choice of seating.
These extra donations enable the Friends, in addition to the programming subsidy, to support Festival projects such as the Festival opening party, the “Festival ticket = bus ticket” promotion and the Festival Symposium.
The Friends give the Salzburg Festival an annual programming subsidy of 2.4 million euros plus extra funding for special projects and contribute around 5% of the Festival budget.
The Friends also raise funds for building projects – thus, Patrons and Friends from around the world contributed 3.5 million euros to the cost of the Haus für Mozart, 3.2 million and 105,000 euros for the renovation of the artists’ and musicians’ dressing rooms for the new roof of the Felsenreitschule, 250,000 euros for the renovation of the stage tower in the Haus für Mozart, 177,000 euros for the stage in the Felsenreitschule and 130,000 euros for the renovation of the artists’ and musicians’ dressing rooms.
A donation of 147,000 euros has been made towards the purchase of a new concert grand. Currently the Friends are raising money for the installation of LED lights for music stands. The existing music stands were produced 60 years ago by the Festival itself and they are showing their age. LED lights are now standard. The cost for re-equipping the opera stands is 115,000 euros.
The Magazine for Friends and Patrons is published three times a year in both German and English. During the Festival itself the summer programme offers Friends the opportunity to attend introductory lectures, meetings with artists and guided tours backstage.
The Friends' Office at Mönchsberg 1 is accessed by lift from the Toscaninihof.
Opening hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Click here for further information on membership of the Association of Friends.
Friends of the Salzburg Festival e.V.
Manager: Brigitte Ritter
Horst Strasser, Commercial Art Strasser, Oberndorf
Gondwana Advertising Agency, Abtenau
„Die Liebe der Danae“, Salzburg Festival 2016, © PSF/Karl and Monika Forster
„music stands“, © Monika Rittershaus
Members of the board
for the years 2015 - 2019
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President and Treasurer
Karl Ludwig VAVROVSKY
Members of the Salzburg Festival
Board of Directors
Carl Philipp SPÄNGLER
Friends of the Salzburg Festival
Freunde der Salzburger Festspiele e.V.
By application to the office of the
Friends in Salzburg
Salzburg Festival Society, Inc.
509 Madison Avenue, Suite 1710
New York, NY 10022, USA
of the Salzburg Festival