Foundation activities


  • Scholarship for doctoral students (to be applied for via the ›››Orff Centre Munich)
  • Scholarships for students at the Orff Institute of the  Mozarteum University, Salzburg (to be applied for via the ›››Orff Institute)
  • Scholarships for participants of the Special Course and the Summer Course at the ›››Orff Institute
  • Scholarships for the preparation of doctoral and post-doctoral theses in the field of the Orff Schulwerk (pedagogical-artistic)

Promotion of the educational work

The Carl Orff Foundation promotes the dissemination of the Orff-Schulwerk throughout the world and therefore financially supports Schulwerk courses in national and international Orff-Schulwerk associations.

In this way, the foundation promotes the intercultural and music pedagogical exchange of experience and supports the training and further education of music and dance pedagogues in particular through participation in courses, workshops and symposia.

The foundation supports various publications financially, especially in an international context.

Promotion of the artistic work

The Carl Orff Foundation promotes the study of Carl Orff´s musical oeuvre through intensive communication with the music publishing firm  ››› Schott Music Mainz and discussion with people involved with theatres, orchestras, conductors, composers and numerous institutions.

The worldwide best-known and most famous work by Carl Orff is CARMINA BURANA. It is the most frequently performed work for choir and orchestra in the world. It is also the Foundation's duty to promote the lesser known but equally impressive and significant stage works of Carl Orff.

The Carl Orff Foundation supports the Carl Orff Festival which takes place regularly and which, during the directorship of Prof. Dr. Hellmuth Matiasek between 1998 and 2008, has developed into a place of exemplary cultivation of Carl Orff's «Bairischen Welttheaters». From 2008 to 2015 Marcus Everding directed the Carl Orff Festival Andechs. Since 2018 the ››› ORFF® Festival has been under the direction of Florian Zwipf-Zaharia. 

Since its establishment, the Carl Orff Foundation has also provided support for a number of further artistic projects.

Promotion of the academic study 

Since the establishment of the Orff Centre Munich in 1990 there has been close cooperation concerning the academic study of Carl Orff's work. The Orff Centre Munich is supported in its research and documentation tasks by the Carl Orff Foundation. These include, above all, the promotion of publication projects, the safeguarding of existing holdings and the facilitation of acquisitions to complement existing holdings as well as scholarships for doctoral students.

Memberships & Partners

The Carl Orff Foundation is a member of the ›››Association of German Foundations, Berlin, and in certain cases also cooperates with other foundations and institutions.


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