Giving people opportunities. That is the mission of the VandenEnde Foundation, the private cultural fund set up by Joop and Janine van den Ende. Since 2001 Foam is one of the cultural institutions that has been supported by the VandenEnde Foundation.
Its main objective is to foster interest in culture and to
encourage cultural entrepreneurship. The VandenEnde Foundation
therefore gives talented young people an opportunity to grow in
their careers by awarding them study and working grants. It was the
VandenEnde foundation that also built the DeLaMar Theatre in
The VandenEnde Foundation has a fellowship policy aimed at
promoting young talent. So far, around two hundred young talents,
ranging from classical musicians to circus performers, enjoy grants
from the VandenEnde Foundation to further their development. Some
of the great talents that have received grants are the young
pianists Arthur and Lucas Jussen, the violinist Simone Lamsma and
jazz saxophonist Ben van Gelder.
The VandenEnde Foundation has also supported important
cultural projects in recent years. A good example is the successful
music education programme of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In
addition, the VandenEnde Foundation has helped various cultural
institutions to strengthen their entrepreneurial focus, such as the
Holland Festival and Foam.