Overview of the foundation

The Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Cultural Foundation was established to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Taisho Marine and Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. (present Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd.) as a corporate organization for promoting culture and the arts.

Name of foundation Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Cultural Foundation
Director Takeo Inokuchi
Location Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo Tepco Building, 1-6-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Date of approval of establishment October 21, 1988
Date of registration as a public interest incorporated foundation December 1, 2009
Government agency Cabinet Office
Basic assets (Endowment) 500 million yen

History

October 1988 Taisho Marine Cultural Foundation is established
May 1989 “Assistance for programs of international cultural interchange” is launched
May 1990 “Concerts for local residents” program is launched
April 1991 Organization name changes to Mitsui Marine Insurance Cultural Foundation (incorporated foundation)
October 2001 Organization name to Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Cultural Foundation (incorporated foundation)
December 2009 Organization status changes from “incorporated foundation” to “public interest incorporated foundation” under the new public interest corporation system

Overview of programs

The Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Cultural Foundation aims to contribute to the promotion of culture, the arts, and international exchange by sponsoring related programs in the fields of music and folk performing arts. The following is a description of the foundation’s main activities.

  • Concerts for local residents

– Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Cultural Foundation Concert: Tokimeku Hitotoki
(translation: An Impressive Moment) –

– Providing a first-rate, luxurious “impressive moment
To support the promotion of culture in local areas, the foundation cooperates with prefectural governments and municipalities in a tri-sponsorship arrangement to provide high-quality concerts (featuring classical music as well as Japanese music played on Japanese instruments, which is on a trial basis at present) at a reasonable price at public cultural halls and other venues all over Japan. As well as bearing part of the cost as a public interest program, the foundation also always has staff members in attendance at concerts to ensure events proceed smoothly even at halls with no experience in holding concerts. Providing support in this manner is also a way of passing on know-how to organizers at local venues. The foundation’s aims are to have as many people as possible attend concerts, experience live music first hand, and cultivate a love of music, and to establish an environment where people can enjoy music locally.
Total Number of concerts as of the end of FY2018: 836

Concerts held in the past 3 years: PDF(182KB)
FY2018 No. of concerts 28 Total amount of grants 31,024,000 yen
FY2017 No. of concerts 31 Total amount of grants 30,243,000 yen
FY2016 No. of concerts 31 Total amount of grants 30,669,000 yen
Machia Saito (Violin)
Naoki Ikeda (Bass-baritone)

  • Assistance for programs of international cultural interchange

The foundation provides grants to amateur groups that engage in meaningful international exchange in the fields of music and folk performing arts. Introducing people around the world to traditional Japanese performing arts contributes to the mutual understanding of different cultures.
Total number of grants as of the end of FY2018: 470 / total amount: 296,500,000 yen

Grants provided in the past 3 years: PDF(125KB)
FY2018 No. of grants 8 Total amount of grants 4,000,000 yen
FY2017 No. of grants 8 Total amount of grants 4,000,000 yen
FY2016 No. of grants 9 Total amount of grants 4,500,000 yen

Tsuchie Kodomo Kagura Group performing at the Japanese Festival in Munich. The troupe boasts 300 years of history.

  • Support for cultural activities of high school students

Since 1991, as part of its efforts to foster the development of the next generation, the foundation has been providing ongoing support for the Tokyo Performance by Selected Performers from the All Japan Senior High School Cultural Festival Entries held annually at the National Theater of Japan, where students from outstanding schools selected from the All Japan Senior High School Cultural Festival perform on stage in the three categories of theater, Japanese music, and folk performing arts.
Total number of grants as of the end of FY2018: 28 / total amount: 28,000,000 yen

Grants provided in the past 3 years: PDF(38KB)
FY2018 No. of grants 1 Total amount of grant 1,000,000 yen
FY2017 No. of grants 1 Total amount of grant 1,000,000 yen
FY2016 No. of grants 1 Total amount of grant 1,000,000 yen

Photographs provided by the All Japan Senior High School Cultural Federation