The Instrument Foundation of the Bikuben Foundation and Jacob Gade's Legat

The Instrument Foundation (in Danish: Instrumentfonden) became a reality in October 2005. It was the first of its kind in Denmark. Music instruments where purchased by funds, not coming from the state or municipality. The aim was to help young musical talents.

The Instrument Foundation is committed to purchase and lend instruments that are relatively expensive to purchase, and with a primary user group, from 12 to 18 years of ages. The Instrument Foundation are thereby helping to eliminate the so called "food chain problem".

In the Danish music scene, there is a pronounced shortage of especially young members of a number of instruments, all of which can be regarded as indispensable to a well functioning music scene. "The food chain problem" is related to particular instruments as viola, cello, double bass, oboe, bassoon and French horn but it also concerns the other blowing and bow instruments.

In 2005 the Instrument Foundation was created as a "satellite institution" under The Jacob Gade's Legat and with direct reference to the Bikuben Foundation of 1989 (in Danish: Bikubenfonden), which from the beginning was the actual sponsor of The Instrument Foundation.

Jacob Gade's Legat created a committee to administer and distribute the instruments under certain qualitative guidelines. The committee consists of the solo flutist Toke Lund Christiansen; president and kgl. kapelmusicus Michael Malmgreen; head of Copenhagen Music School and Musical Preliminary Course Ebbe Lund Nielsen and head of Holsterbro Music Scholl and Musical Preliminary Course Martin Gade.

The Instrument Foundation has at the present time a total of 95 instruments, which are divided across the following types of instruments: oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet, French horn (single), trombone, trombone-compact, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, viola (½ and ¾), cello (½ and ¾) and double bass (¼, ½ and ¾ ).

The Instrument Foundation aims to obtain additional instruments in the following categories: violin, viola, cello and double bass (all string instruments in 1/1), piccolo, flute, alt flute, bas flute, clarinet in A and C, bass clarinet, children's bassoon, English horn, French horn (double), tenor saxophone, marimba and chimes.

All instruments are connected to a maintenance and service system, so that each instrument free of charge can undergo an annual inspection with adjustments. The basic condition for the loan is that the committee must have a name of an instrumental teacher and the name of the young musician.

Persons unrelated to a music school or the like may also be considered, but the loans are generally designed for the very young students, and therefore not to students at the Danish music academies.

The distribution committee decides to who the instruments is to be lent. The committee takes in to consideration, that both East and West Denmark receives a similar numbers of instruments. The users pay a symbolic annual rent.

Contact informations:

Jacob Gade's Legat

Østergade 29

5610 Assens



Phone: +45 70 10 11 99

Telefax: +45 64 71 16 75