Nippon Music Foundation launched the Instrument Loan Project in 1994 to make greater contributions towards the field of classical music. The Foundation has now come to own 21 instruments made by Antonio Stradivari and Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu and loans them gratis to young promising musicians and internationally active musicians regardless of their nationalities.
Since 1997, Nippon Music Foundation has loaned the Stradivarius 1708 Violin “Huggins” to the Grand Prize winners of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium held in Brussels.
*Applicants can apply for both A and B.
*Re-applying for the Category C is possible after two years from the end date of the loan for those who have or had the loan of the Category C.
If you would like to apply for the loan, please send the following application materials to the Foundation. Please note that the submitted materials will not be returned.
The Instrument Loan Committee is responsible for selecting recipients of the instruments. The Committee is composed of members representing Europe, the United States and Asia.
A written notification will be sent to the address on the application.
The applicant who has been selected as a recipient of the Foundation's instrument is required to sign the Loan Agreement and take proper care of the instrument by observing the terms and conditions of the Loan Agreement. Some of the basic requirements as the recipient are - reporting on the use of the instrument, placing the instrument in the care of the instrument dealers designated by the Foundation every three months for its condition checks, and performing gratis for the Foundation. The recipient who resides outside of Japan must import the instrument to Japan before the expiration of the ATA Carnet ※.
Nippon Music Foundation provides the ATA Carnet to the recipients of the Foundation's instruments for the purposes of facilitating the customs clearance procedure, avoiding the seizure of the instrument and charges (import taxes, penalties etc.) at the customs. The ATA Carnet is an international customs and export-import document to clear customs without paying duties and import taxes.