Music and the arts are vital human endeavours that allow us to express our creativity, expand our understanding of the world, foster cultural exchange and enrich our quality of life. The Azrieli Foundation supports professional charitable organizations that discover, develop, elevate and amplify creative voices, granting broad access to meaningful arts experiences, with a special focus on music.

Azrieli Music Prizes

Established in 2014, the biennial Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) are Canada’s largest competition for music composition.

Artistic Excellence

We support the presentation of music and the arts at the highest professional standards. We also assist arts organizations in responding to self-identified strategic challenges and opportunities in ways that positively affect their long-term artistic health and sustainability.

National Arts Centre

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens

McCord Stewart Museum

Canadian Opera Company

Festival de Lanaudière

Orchestre Classique de Montréal

Education and Learning

We enable organizations that help children and youth reach their full potential through intensive engagement in music and arts-based learning.

La musique aux enfants

Sistema Toronto

Dixon Hall School of Music

Share the Warmth

Community Music Schools of Toronto


Sistema New Brunswick


Emerging Artists

We are proud to provide opportunities for artists to refine their craft, cultivate their voice, build their network and develop their skills; particularly in the challenging years between training and sustained employment.

Canadian Vocal Arts Institute

Jeunesses Musicales Canada

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Tapestry Opera

Domaine Forget

Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation

National Youth Orchestra of Canada

Concours musical International de Montréal

Honens International Piano Competition

Orford Music

Cultural Exchanges

We encourage artists and communities to build intercultural understanding through the arts by supporting touring productions and travelling exhibitions, especially between Canada and Israel.

Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Montreal Baroque Festival

Les Grands Ballet Canadiens

Tarragon Theatre: Theaturtle

Jewish Arts and Culture

Jewish arts and culture not only strengthens Jewish communities; it also transcends boundaries and encourages intercultural connection and insight.

We support Jewish arts organizations in Canada whose work in music, theatre and visual art enlightens and entertains, while celebrating Jewish life and identity.

Ashkenaz Foundation

Segal Centre for Performing Arts

Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre


Toronto Jewish Film Foundation

Jewish Public Library

Koffler Centre of the Arts

Advancing arts research in Canada

The new Arts Insights Canada initiative aims to make high-quality, meaningful and practical research about the arts available to Canadian artists and arts workers.

Our Mission

Our mission is to connect and nurture potential, wherever it exists, with the resources and the wisdom necessary to open the doors to a better world — one individual at a time.

How we work

At the Azrieli Foundation we are passionate about a rigorous but creative approach to philanthropy, strategic collaborations, leadership and bold thinking. We believe these are the keys to knowledge that will create positive outcomes for future generations. We aim to achieve measurable impact in our priority funding areas and to improve the lives of others.

Our work to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals

We are proud to support initiatives that positively impact and improve the lives of marginalized and vulnerable individuals, and promote Jewish education, heritage and culture.

Our work in Neurodiverse Initiatives

We support programs that enhance the quality of life for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, to ensure that each individual has the opportunity to participate fully in their communities.