About Instrument Loan Project

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.

  • Instruments
  • Recipients of Instrumens

Deadline Extended: Application for the 26th Instrument Loan Committee Meeting (Violin and Cello)

In light of travel and movement restrictions that have been taking place across the world to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the deadline for the Application for Instrument Loan 2020 has been extended to Friday, 11 September 2020. In order to maintain fairness for all our applicants, those who have already submitted their application may resubmit part or all of their application if they wish to do so.

Although our guideline asks for audiovisual recordings taken within 12 months of submission, we will accept audiovisual recordings of the required repertoire taken anytime on or after 1 March 2019 regardless of submission date.

The 26th Instrument Loan Committee meeting has also been postponed to November 2020.

We apologize to all our applicants and those involved for the inconvenience this has caused. We hope you will understand, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Category A

35 years old or under as of 1 September 2020
Length of Loan
Will be informed in the result (Maximum of 7 years)
Application Period
9 March 2020 - 11 September 2020
See Step 1 "Application"
Will be notified approximately one month after the meeting

Category B

Performing mainly in Japan and
35 years old or under as of 1 September 2020
Length of Loan
Will be informed in the result (Maximum of 3 years)
Application Period
9 March 2020 - 11 September 2020
See Step 1 "Application"
Will be notified approximately one month after the meeting

Application for Category C
Please contact us first before submitting an application.

Have a specific purpose of activities
(e.g. Special Concert, Debut Concert,
Anniversary Concert, Recording, Competition etc.)
Length of Loan
Maximum of 1 years
Application Period
1 year to 2 months prior to the requested start date
of the loan
See Step 1 "Application"
About one month prior to the requested start date of
the loan

Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition (Category D)

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.


STEP 1 2 3


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.

Application ( application form application form Form for the age over 20 / application form minor application form minor Form the age 19 or under)
Two Recommendation Letters addressed to Nippon Music Foundation
Performance Schedule of the Past One Year and the Next One Year
Reviews and Articles
3 Audiovisual Recordings of Your Playing (see the list of repertoire and details in the Application Form)
Send toSend to
Nippon Music Foundation
Akasaka 1-2-2 Minato-kuTokyo 107-0052 Japan
Tel +81-(0)3-6229-5566  Email

STEP.2Screening (Instrument Loan Committee)

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.


Count Yvan de Launoit
Vice President of The Queen Elisabeth
International Music Competition, Belgium
Mari Fujiwara
Sir Clive Gillinson, CBE
Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall
Koichiro Harada
Violinist, Professor at Toho Gakuen School of Music,
Professor at Tokyo College of Music
Shinichiro Ikebe
Kim Kashkashian
Violist, Professor at New England Conservatory
Ida Kavafian
Violinist, Professor at The Juilliard School,
Professor at Curtis Institute of Music
Jonathan Nott


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 .

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.

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