Kraumur allocates ISK7.3 million

Today Kraumur Music Fund allocates ISK 7.3 million to Icelandic artists and projects that are planned for the year 2014. These are diverse projects by artists that will travel extensively both in Iceland and abroad to perform and promote themselves.  Over ISK 7 million is allocated to 13 projects for promoting in Iceland and exporting Icelandic music as well as giving seminars and providing education. The largest donations go to the band Mono Town and the joint tour of Sólstafir and Kontinuum, ISK one million to each project.

Today was announced which projects Kraumur Music Fund will support in its first allocation of 2014. The support Kraumur provides to Icelandic music continues energetically on this seventh year of the fund’s operation which started in 2008. The fund opened for applications in February and received 131 applications, but the fund is an independent source of support to Icelandic musicians.  Most of the applications were connected to live performances, touring, festivals and the promotion of new material from the applicants. Other applications had to do with releasing and recording of new material.

There are 13 new projects that will receive support and all of them are ambitious and multifarious. These are projects that reflect the energy and creativity that is characteristic for Icelandic music and musicians. There is no doubt that Icelandic music is original, cutting edge and popular. Music from Iceland receives notice and its influence can be seen in many places and to continue this development it must be supported and those who are giving their all to promote their work must be assisted in their endeavours. Kraumur Music Fund focuses on supporting considerably the progression of Icelandic music and musicians in Iceland or internationally and with its donations helps projects that are on grass root level and supports the music scene in various ways with direct funding and professional consulting. The fund received 131 applications and therefore it was known from the beginning that Kraumur could only support a part of the projects. It is in line with the policy of the fund to support fewer projects but do it with considerable support.</br>The highest amount went to the band Mono Town which has been doing great things lately. Among other things the band has been the back up for the popular band The Pixies when they were touring in Scandinavia and then Mono Town had great success with the publication of their first album, In the Eye of the Storm, together with the music streaming service Deezer. Mono Town will use the grant to promote their album and also to cover the cost of their touring which is planned soon. The heavy-rock bands Sólstafir and Kontinuum will receive a grant for their touring around Europe and both bands will be releasing albums this year. They work with international music professionals and have fans all over the world. Kontinuum will back up Sólstafir in some of the concerts and Sólstafir will be touring as headliner in some of the cases. Nordic Affect receives support to participate in three distinguished European music festivals next autumn and at the same time a new album will be released on which the band plays music by Icelandic women composers. The purpose of the trip is to introduce the group and promote the new CD for new audiences of contemporary music and for them to promote their name. Möller Records is an Icelandic electronic music publication that receives support from Kraumur to travel all over Iceland this summer to promote the creative and psychedelic electronic music for the Icelandic people. Accompanying them will be Futuregrapher and Árni Grétar is also the project manager, Skurken, EinarIndra, bistro boy and other friends and fans of Möller. One thing is certain; this will be an electric musical invasion that brings the audiences into the right mood.
Kraumur and Eistnaflug join hands and hold a PR seminar and an introduction for the media, and this amazing rock festival will be held for the 10th time in Neskaupstaður on 9 – 13 July. Among the grant recipients are Agent Fresco and Ragnheiður Gröndal who are heading for Europe, Grísalappalísa and DJ Flugvél og Geimskip who are going to craze the audiences in Iceland, Cell7 who will tour Iceland with a band, Rökkurró, Ólafur Björn Ólafsson and Gyða Valtýsdóttir who will be promoting their releases. This is the sixth consecutive year that Kraumur is working with the music festival Aldrei fór ég suður (English: I never went south). AFÉS (Aldrei fór ég suður) and Kraumur will organise an informative meeting about analysing rock and pop. As before, various matters connected to the music scene and its ever changing environment will be analysed and the focus will be on having entertaining discussions.   Everyone is welcome and there is no entrance fee and the discussions always cover various topics and often lead to results.

ALLOCATION OF 2014

Other Kraumur projects in 2014
The Kraumur List in December and the Kraumur Sound studios in the spring which consist of information and assistance in cooperation with Musical Experiments and the three bands that came as the top three this year. Another allocation is planned later in the year and a new application process will be announced in the spring.</br>Since the establishment of Kraumur, Aurora has allocated ISK 140 million to the fund. The board of Aurora has since year 2007 allocated to projects connected to humanitarian, educational and cultural projects in Iceland and in the African countries of Sierra Leone and Mozambique to name a few.

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The main objective of Kraumur is to support Icelandic music, primarily by sponsoring young musicians. The published policy of the fund is to support relatively few projects or artists, but do it in a determinant way. The choice of projects takes into account the fact that the grants to artists and projects are in most cases larger and therefore fewer.</br>Kraumur Music Fund was established early in 2008 by the Aurora Fund and has the main objective of promoting Icelandic music, mainly by supporting young musicians, to help them do their artistic work and promote it in Iceland as well as overseas. The objective is to support young musicians in Iceland with direct funding, professional assistance and cooperation of various sorts. Kraumur endeavours to support and promote musical innovation and ambition.</br>Since Kraumur started its operation over one hundred artists, bands and musical projects have received support from the fund, among those are ADHD, Amiina, Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Bang Gang, Bloodgroup, Celestine, Daníel Bjarnason, Dikta, Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir, Extreme Chill Festival, Hjaltalín, Kammerkór Suðurlands, Lay Low, Melkorka Ólafsdóttir, Moses Hightower, Mr. Silla, Mugison, Nordic Affect, Of Monsters and Men, Ólöf Arnalds, Retro Stefson, Skálmöld, Skúli Sverrisson and Óskar Guðjónsson, Sóley, Sólstafir, Sónar Reykjavík, Seabear, Snorri Helgason, Stelpur Rokka!, Trúbatrix group and Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson.</br>Kraumur has also worked jointly with Tónabær’s Musical Experiments, Reykjavík Arts Festival, Reykjavík, Aldrei fór ég suður, Eistnaflug, ÚTÓN/IMX as well as others.</br>


Kraumur List presented for the sixth time!

On this year’s Kraumur List there were seven exceptional albums by ambitious musicians. The year 2013 in music was diverse and exciting and all the albums that were nominated for the Kraumur List are very professionally and meticulously done. These are sophisticated works by original, creative and venturesome artists. It wasn’t easy selecting one album from all the quality albums on the Élite list released this year and it is obvious that the music year 2013 was a prosperous one and there is great ambition in Icelandic musicians. The seven albums that surpassed the other releases of the year and were on the Kraumur List were all original, interesting and diverse and Kraumur will do its best in the coming year to promote this work internationally within the media as well as to musical professionals.

Árni Matthíasson, the chairman of the selection committee, announced this year’s seven prize albums.  The allocation of the prizes took place in Kraumur headquarters at Vonarstræti 4b with a good group of guests attending.

Kraumur list 2013 – Prize albums (the list is in alphabetical order):

Cell7 – Cellf

Dj. Flugvél og geimskip – Glamúr í geimnum

Grísalappalísa – Ali

Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson – Patterns

Just Another Snake Cult – Cupid Makes A Fool of Me

Mammút – Komdu til mín svarta systir

Sin Fang – Flowers

Kraumur List presented for the sixth time

The Kraumur List’s objective is to support the release of albums from Icelandic bands and artists – by supporting and promoting new and exciting material – and work that exceed others in quality, ambition and originality. The award is not linked to any particular musical genre and there are no subcategories.  The organisers of the awards hope they can promote the diversity of Icelandic recordings, now that Christmas is near and artists rely on the sale of their work for Christmas gifts.

Prizes

Kraumur will emphasise supporting all the artists that are selected for the Kraumur List, rather than focusing only on the prize album.  The Fund will support the albums on the Kraumur List and also assist in increasing the artists’ opportunities to promote their work internationally by buying a certain number of copies of the albums and distribute them to various professionals in the international music business (music festivals, recording studios, agencies etc.)

Twenty people were in the selection committee of the Kraumur List in 2013:

Andrea Jónsdóttir, Anna Andersen, Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen, Árni Matthíasson, Benedikt Reynisson, Bob Cluness, Egill Harðarson, Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir, Guðni Tómasson, Haukur Viðar Alfreðsson, Helena Þrastardóttir, Helga Vala Helgadóttir, Helga Þórey Jónsdóttir, Höskuldur Daði Magnússon, María Lilja Þrastardóttir, Ólafur Halldór Ólafsson (Óli Dóri), Ragnheiður Eiríksdóttir, Trausti Júlíusson, Valdís Thor and Þórunn Edda Magnúsdóttir.

The objective of Kraumur List

Kraumur List was established in order to promote and support the release of albums by Icelandic bands and artists

The Objective of the Kraumur List:

To introduce and promote Icelandic music, especially the release of music by young artists and bands.

To award and promote original and interesting Icelandic music albums released each year.

To award and promote music albums which are exceptional in quality, ambition and originality.

The award has no age requirements but the aim is to focus on the younger generation of Icelandic musicians and bands.

The policy of the Kraumur List is to focus on all the titles selected by the selection committee, rather than only one prize album.

The award is not linked to any particular musical genre and there are no subcategories.


Sixth allocation of Aurora Fund

This year there will be two allocations and this is the first one. The second one will be later in the year, only to developmental projects.  ISK 48.3 million goes to five projects that promote humanitarian, educational and cultural issues in Iceland and in Kenya in cooperation with ABC Children’s Aid.

New projects:

Grant to ABC Hjálparstarfs (English: ABC Children’s Aid) in Kenya – ISK 1.8 million

Grant to Vinafélag Vinjar, a shelter for mentally impaired people at Hverfisgata – ISK 1 million per year for the next three years.

Grant to The Magic Flute by Mozart for children – ISK 500,000

Continuing projects:

Kraumur Music Fund  – ISK 20 million

Aurora Design Fund  – ISK 25 million

ABC Childrens Aid in Kenya

ABC Children’s Aid is an Icelandic aid organisation that was established in 1988 and is now operating in eight countries in Asia and Africa. The organisation gives children permanent help in the form of education, support and health care. ABC Children’s Aid in Kenya was founded in Nairobi in 2006 and now there are about 70 employees and Thorunn Lusiru and Samuel Lusiru Gona are in charge of the operation. Around 400 pupils attend the ABC school and about 200 live in the school’s dormitory. The Aurora Fund will donate ISK 1.8 million to the organisation to buy necessities for the dormitory.
Vinafélag Vinjar, a shelter for mentally impaired people at Hverfisgata

In 2009 the Aurora Fund donated about ISK 20 million to the Icelandic Red Cross and three of their projects. One of the projects, called Vin (English: oasis) is a place that the Red Cross has established for people who have mental problems. Friends of Vin was founded in 2011 in order to secure the future of Vin as the Red Cross was considering closing the place down due to lack of funding. In 2012 an agreement was made between the City of Reykjavik, the Ministry of Welfare, the Red Cross and Friends of Vin to secure the operation of Vin for three years. Friends of Vin agreed to provide a part of the operational funding that is needed and in that way the Aurora Fund will renew its support to Vin by providing ISK one million to Friends of Vin each year for three years.

The Magic Flute for Children

The publication of the book about the magic flute by Mozart and an accompanying CD will be the first children’s opera that has been published in Iceland with sound and an illustrated children’s book. This famous, adventure-opera appeals particularly to children and has therefore been used a lot in other countries in order to introduce operas to children. Unfortunately in Iceland children have not been taught much about operas. The idea is to use the material in music education as well as put it on stage in cooperation with Töfrahurðin (the Magical Door) in Salurinn music hall and possibly in the cultural centre Hof in Akureyri afterwards. The people behind the publication are Edda Austmann, Pamela De Sensi and Halla Þórlaug Óskarsdóttir.  Aurora Fund sponsors the publication of the Magic Flute by Mozart for children with ISK 500,000.


Kraumur List presented for the fifth time

The Kraumur List 2012, the Kraumur Music Fund’s annual award for albums was introduced today.

There are six albums on the Kraumur List, all of the highest quality. This is exceptional work by enquiring, modern and outstanding musical artists.

The albums that were selected to be on the list are all original, interesting and enjoyable. A total of 20 albums were nominated for the awards and are on the Kraumur Élite List. It was no easy task to select from all the exceptional albums that were on this year’s Élite List. There is no doubt that the musical year 2012 was prosperous and promising for the future of Icelandic music. This may sound like a cliché but it is the truth nonetheless.

Árni Matthíasson, the chairman of the selection committee, announced the prize albums that are six as they were in the last two years.  The allocation of the prizes took place in Kraumur headquarters at Vonarstræti 4b with a group of guests attending.

The Kraumur List 2012 – Prize albums

  •        Ásgeir Trausti – Dýrð í dauðaþögn
  •        Hjaltalín – Enter 4
  •        Moses Hightower – Önnur Mósebók
  •        Ojba Rasta – Ojba Rasta
  •       Pétur Ben – God’s Lonely Man
  •       Retro Stefson – Retro Stefson

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Kraumur List presented for the fifth time

The Kraumur List’s (sometimes called the Kraumur Prize) objective is to support the release of albums from Icelandic bands and artists – by supporting and promoting new and exciting material – and work that exceed others in quality, ambition and originality. The award is not linked to any particular musical genre and there are no subcategories.  The organisers of the awards hope they can promote the diversity of Icelandic recordings, now that Christmas is near and artists rely on the sale of their work for Christmas gifts.

Prizes

Kraumur will emphasise supporting all the artists that are selected for the Kraumur List, rather than focusing only on the prize album. The Fund will support the albums on the Kraumur List and also assist in increasing the artists’ opportunities to promote their work internationally by buying a certain number of copies of the albums and distribute them to various professionals in the international music business (music festivals, recording studios, agencies etc.).

The selection committee of the Kraumur List 2012 consisted of twenty one people, and they were:

Alexandra Kjeld, Andrea Jónsdóttir, Anna Andersen, Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen, Arndís Björk Ásgeirsdóttir, Árni Matthíasson, Benedikt Reynisson, Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Egill Harðarson, Eldar Ástþórsson, Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir, Helena Þrastardóttir, Helga Vala Helgadóttir, Hildur Maral Hamíðsdóttir, Höskuldur Daði Magnússon, Kamilla Ingibergsdóttir, Ólafur Páll Gunnarsson, Ómar Eyþórsson, Trausti Júlíusson and Þorkell Máni Pétursson.

The objective of Kraumur List

  •       To introduce and promote Icelandic music, especially the release of music by young artists and bands.
  •       To award and promote original and interesting Icelandic music albums released each year.
  •       To award and promote music albums which are exceptional in quality, ambition and originality.
  •       The award has no age requirements but the aim is to focus on the younger generation of Icelandic musicians and bands.
  •       The policy of the Kraumur List is to focus on all the titles selected by the selection committee, rather than only one prize album.
  •      The award is not linked to any particular musical genre and there are no subcategories.

The Kraumur List 2011 – Prize albums

  • ADHD – ADHD2
  • Lay Low – Brostinn Strengur
  • Reykjavík! – Locust Sounds
  • Samaris – Hljóma Þú (ep)
  • Sin Fang – Summer Echoes
  • Sóley – We Sink

The Kraumur List 2010 – Prize albums

  • Apparat Organ Quartet – Pólyfónía
  • Daníel Bjarnason – Processions
  • Ég – Lúxus upplifun
  • Jónas Sigurðsson – Allt er eitthvað
  • Nolo – No-Lo-Fi
  • Ólöf Arnalds – Innundir skinni

The Kraumur List 2009 – Prize albums

  • Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir – Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus
  • Bloodgroup – Dry Land
  • Helgi Hrafn Jónsson – For the Rest of my Childhood
  • Hildur Guðnadóttir – Without Sinking
  • Hjaltalin – Terminal
  • Morðingjarnir – Flóttinn mikli

The Kraumur List 2008 – Prize albums

  • Agent Fresco – Lightbulb Universe
  • FM Belfast – How to Make Friends
  • Hugi Guðmundsson – Apocrypha
  • Ísafold – All Sounds to Silence Come
  • Mammút – Karkari
  • Retro Stefson – Montaña

Allocation to the daughter funds and to Aurora Fund’s educational project inSierra Leone

The Aurora Fund’s fifth allocation took place on 15 February when ISK 85 million were allocated to Aurora’s Design Fund, Kraumur Music Fund and UNICEF.

The board of Aurora Fund decided, according to the policy of the fund, to adjust this allocation better to a difficult situation on the financial markets.  Great fluctuations on the markets have resulted in the rate of return being lower than in the first years of the fund. According to the objectives of Aurora Fund the allocations may not exceed the return of the fund.  It may therefore be expected to affect the allocations of the fund in the next few years.  However, despite a collapse in the economic market in 2008 as well as a difficult situation following the collapse, the fund is strong as before.

This fifth allocation of the fund was ISK 40 million to an educational project in Sierra Leone in cooperation with the education authorities in the country as well as UNICEF in Iceland and in Sierra Leone.  This is the fifth and the last allocation to this largest and most important project of the Fund from the beginning; to build a child friendly educational system and school facilities, focusing especially on the needs of girls. All in all, the fund has allocated about ISK 240 million to the project, including the ISK 36 million that the founders of the fund donated earlier.

Aurora Design Fund will receive ISK 25 million which is the first payment of ISL 75 million that the board of Aurora decided to allocate to the Design Fund to ensure its continuation for the next three years.   The Design Fund will continue to respect the policy to support exceptional designers who have a solid business plan and a clear future vision.

Kraumur Music Fund received ISK 20 million to give boost to the Icelandic music scene, mainly by supporting young musicians and assist them in promoting their art.</br>


Kraumur List 2011

The Kraumur List 2011

The Kraumur Music Fund’s annual award for albums was introduced today. The six albums that were selected to be on the list are all exceptional; they show the originality and ambition of the artists. A total of 20 albums were nominated for the awards. Prioritising between all the quality albums that were on the list and were released in 2011 was not easy and therefore evident that the music year was prosperous.

Árni Matthíasson, the chairman of the selection committee, announced the prize albums that are six as has been in the last two years.  The allocation of the prizes took place in Kraumur headquarters at Vonarstræti 4b.

The Kraumur List 2011 – Prize albums

  • ADHD – ADHD2
  • Lay Low – Brostinn Strengur
  • Reykjavík! – Locust Sounds
  • Samaris – Hljóma Þú (ep)
  • Sin Fang – Summer Echoes
  • Sóley – We Sink

The Kraumur List’s (sometimes called the Kraumur Prize) objective is to support the release of albums from Icelandic bands and artists by supporting and promoting new and exciting material and work that exceed others in quality, ambition and originality. The award is not linked to any particular musical genre and there are no subcategories.  The organisers of the awards hope they can promote the diversity of Icelandic recordings, now that Christmas is near and the artists rely on the sale of their work for Christmas gifts.

Prizes

Kraumur will emphasise the support of all the artists that are selected for the Kraumur List, rather than focusing only on the prize album. The Fund will support the albums on the Kraumur List and also assist in increasing the artists’ opportunities to promote their work internationally by buying a certain number of copies of the albums and distribute them to various professionals in the international music business (music festivals, recording studios, agencies etc.).

The selection committee of the Kraumur List 2011 consists of the following people:

Alexandra Kjeld, Andrea Jónsdóttir, Anna Andersen, Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen, Arndís Björk Ásgeirsdóttir, Árni Matthíasson, Benedikt Reynisson, Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Egill Harðarson, Eldar Ástþórsson, Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir, Helena Þrastardóttir, Helga Vala Helgadóttir, Hildur Maral Hamíðsdóttir, Höskuldur Daði Magnússon, Kamilla Ingibergsdóttir, Ólafur Páll Gunnarsson, Ómar Eyþórsson, Trausti Júlíusson and Þorkell Máni Pétursson.

The Kraumur List 2010 – Prize albums

  •       Apparat Organ Quartet – Pólyfónía
  •       Daníel Bjarnason – Processions
  •       Ég – Lúxus upplifun
  •       Jónas Sigurðsson – Allt er eitthvað
  •       Nolo – No-Lo-Fi
  •       Ólöf Arnalds – Innundir skinni

The Kraumur List 2009 – Prize albums

  •       Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir – Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus
  •       Bloodgroup – Dry Land
  •       Helgi Hrafn Jónsson – For the Rest of my Childhood
  •       Hildur Guðnadóttir – Without Sinking
  •      Hjaltalin – Terminal
  •       Morðingjarnir – Flóttinn mikli

The Kraumur List 2008 – Prize albums

  •       Agent Fresco – Lightbulb Universe
  •       FM Belfast – How to Make Friends
  •       Hugi Guðmundsson – Apocrypha
  •       Ísafold – All Sounds to Silence Come
  •       Mammút – Karkari
  •       Retro Stefson – Montaña

The objective of Kraumur List

  •       To introduce and promote Icelandic music, especially the release of music by young artists and bands.
  •       To award and promote original and interesting Icelandic music albums released each year.
  •       To award and promote music albums which are exceptional in quality, ambition and originality.
  •       There is no age limit for receiving grants but the aim is to focus on the younger generation of Icelandic musicians and bands.
  •       The policy of the Kraumur List is to focus on all the titles selected by the selection committee, rather than only one prize album.
  •       The award is not linked to any particular musical genre and there are no subcategories.

The Kraumur List – The Élite List 2011

Twenty albums have been selected to be on the Élite List of the Kraumur List 2011 and the selection committee then selects 5-6 prize albums for the Kraumur List.

The objective of the Kraumur List is to promote and support the release of musical albums of Icelandic bands and artists with a focus on the younger generation. To award and promote music albums which are exceptional in quality, ambition and originality.

Prize Albums – Nominations and Choice

The Kraumur List 2011 awarding procedure started with the selection committee, which consists of six people, selecting 20 albums for the Élite List of the Kraumur List. Then a selection committee consisting of 20 people selects the best 5 to 6 albums to become the prize albums.

The selection committee of the Kraumur award consists of 20 people who all are highly experienced in listening to and introducing Icelandic music in various media. The chairman of the selection committee is Árni Matthíasson.

The Élite committee consists of the following people besides Árni Matthíasson: Andrea Jónsdóttir, Trausti Júlíusson, Egill Harðarson, Helena Þrastardóttir and Hildur Maral Hamíðsdóttir.

The Kraumur Élite List 2011:

ADHD – ADHD2

Anna Þorvalds – Rhízoma

Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason – SÓLARIS

Dead Skeletons – Dead Magick

FM Belfast – Don’t want to sleep

For a Minor Reflection – EP

Helgi Hrafn Jónsson – Big Spring

Hljómsveitin Ég – Ímynd Fíflsins

Lay Low – Brostinn Strengur

Nolo – Nology

Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal

Ofvitarnir – Stephen Hawking/Steven Tyler

Ragga Gröndal – Astrocat Lullaby

Reykjavík! – Locust Sounds

Samaris – Hljóma Þú (ep)

Sin Fang – Summer Echoes

Skurken – Gilsbakki

Snorri Helga – Winter Sun

Sóley – We Sink

Sólstafir – Svartir Sandar

The Élite List will be announced on Friday 16 December – More information later

 

The Kraumur List – Acknowledgements and prizes

The Kraumur List which was initially in 2008 called the Kraumur Awards has as a main objective to support and promote all the albums that the selection committee selects for the Kraumur List, rather than only one particular album. Now a selection committee of six people has completed its job and selected 20 albums for the Kraumur List and then a larger selection committee selects from these 20 albums the best albums of the year.

The Kraumur List is sponsored by Kraumur Music Fund which is an independent sub-fund of the Aurora Fund. Kraumur has the main objective of promoting Icelandic music, mainly by supporting young musicians, to help them do their artistic work and promote it in Iceland as well as internationally.

The organisers of the Kraumur List hope that the award will be reinforcement for Icelandic artists and the release of Icelandic records and that it will promote even further the growth and variety that is characteristic for Icelandic music. The timing of the nominations and the Kraumur Award is planned to take place in connection with the Christmas shopping, on which artists rely for selling their work in the hope of increasing the number of Icelandic albums that are bought to give as Christmas gifts.

Kraumur will emphasise supporting all the artists that are selected for the Kraumur List, rather than focusing only on the prize album. The award ceremony is kept at low-key and the focus is rather on more support of the albums.

The Fund will support the albums on the Kraumur List and also assist in increasing the artists’ opportunities to promote their work internationally by buying a certain number of copies of the albums and distribute them to various professionals in the international music business (music festivals, recording studios, agencies etc.).

The objective of Kraumur List

To introduce and promote Icelandic music, especially the release of music by young artists and bands.

To award and promote original and interesting Icelandic music albums released each year.

To award and promote music albums which are exceptional in quality, ambition and originality.

The award has no age limit but the aim is to focus on the younger generation of Icelandic musicians and bands.

The policy of the Kraumur List is to focus on all the titles selected by the selection committee, rather than only one prize album.

The award is not linked to any particular musical genre and there are no subcategories.

 


Kraumur allocates financing to the Conquest 2011

Kraumur Music Fund introduces the allocation of grants to Icelandic artists and projects this summer, autumn and winter 2011. Over ISK 2 million is allocated to six projects introducing Icelandic music on the home market; the Conquest 2011.

Kraumur music fund announced on Thursday 13 July that allocations will be made to projects of Icelandic artists and bands which take part in Kraumur’s Conquest 2011. The projects are very varied and the musical genres are diverse ranging from classical lied singing to heavy rock and electronic music.

Those receiving support from Kraumur this time are Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir and Gerrit Schuil, the bands Valdimar, Ghostigital and Captain Fufanu, Frelsissveit Nýja Íslands which will perform at a jazz festival and Skálmöld which will also visit the Faroe Islands. The tour Partíþokan (Party-haze) receives the highest support this time. It is a concept created by Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson of the band Prinspóló.  In addition to Prinspóló, FM Belfast, Borko and Sin Fang will be joining them.

The objective is to increase the artists’ possibilities of having concerts, give them a chance to promote their music outside the capital area and boost people’s access to musical events in the countryside.

Kraumur received a total of 119 applications and it is therefore clear that Kraumur would only support a small part of all the projects that applied to the fund. It conforms with the official policy of the fund which is to support a relatively few projects/artists – but make the support large enough to make a difference for the artists and their projects. Today, a total of six projects are introduced that Kraumur will support.

The main objective of Kraumur is to support Icelandic music, primarily by sponsoring young musicians. Since the establishment of the fund early in 2008 around 80 bands and artists have received support from the fund and Kraumur has also initiated various projects (audio workshops, the Conquest – support of touring around Iceland, the Kraumur Awards and the Kraumur List) in addition to the projects Musical Experiments of Tónabær, Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík Arts Festival, Reykjavík Jazz Festival, Við Djúpið, etc.

The projects that received donations in the latter allocation of Kraumur in 2011:

Partíþokan: Prinspóló, Sin Fang, Borko and FM Belfast          500.000,-
The Conquest – Touring to Seyðisfjörður, Akureyri, Ísafjörður and Reykjavík.

Ghostigital and Captain Fufanu                                                   400.000,-
The Conquest – Touring around the country in the autumn/winter to introduce electro- and experimental music.

Skálmöld                                                                                           400.000,-
The Conquest/ Expansion – Ferðin til Heljar: Touring in Iceland and the Faroe Islands

Valdimar                                                                                            300.000,-
The Conquest – Two tours around the country, in July and August.

Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir and Gerrit Schuil                                      300.000,-
The Conquest – Three lied concerts in the countryside: Ísafjörður, Akureyri and Eskifjörður.

Frelsissveit Nýja Íslands                                                               300.000,-
The Conquest – Haukur Gröndal’s Jazz band play music by Icelandic composers, in new instrumentation, at the Jazz festival.

Total: 2.2 million to six projects

Kraumur Music Fund was established early in 2008 by the Aurora Fund and has the main objective of promoting Icelandic music, mainly by supporting young musicians, to help them do their artistic work and promote it in Iceland as well as internationally. The objective is to support young musicians in Iceland with direct funding, professional assistance and cooperation of various sorts. Kraumur endeavours to support and promote musical innovation and ambition.


Kraumur allocates

Kraumur Music Fund introduces the allocation of grants to artists and projects. Larger and fewer grants. Pascal Pinon and Retro Stefson received the largest grants. A total of ISK 9 million to 15 projects of Icelandic music.

Kraumur music fund announced today its allocation to projects by artists, bands and other Icelandic musicians. Among the recipients are the bands Pascal Pinon, Árstíðir and Endless Dark for the promotion of their music internationally – in addition to continuous support to Retro Stefson and Dikta. In both cases Kraumur supported the bands in preparing and recording albums in 2009 and 2010 (Get it Together and Kimbabwe), that are now to be promoted further internationally.

The music festival Eistnaflug, the tour Póst rokk & ról, the composer Guðmundur Steinn Guðmundsson and Sjóræningahúsið (the Pirate House) in Patreksfjörður receive sponsorship for concerts as a part of the fund’s Conquest-project. The objective is to increase the artists’ possibilities of having concerts, give them a chance to promote their music outside the capital area and boost people’s access to musical events in the countryside.

Kraumur received a total of 233 applications and very early it became clear that Kraumur would not be able to sponsor but a very small part of the projects, as the fund’s policy is to support fewer projects/artists but do it considerably in order for the support to be relevant for the success of the projects and artists. Today it was announced that Kraumur will now allocate to and support a total of 15 projects.

A change has been made in the selection of the projects. Kraumur will now support fewer artists and projects but the amounts are higher and the support more extensive than in the last allocation.  This is in line with the decision of the Kraumur council of specialists as well as the performance assessment made by the School of Business of the University of Iceland for Kraumur Fund and Aurora Design Fund and was presented last March. It showed that the number of the fund’s support to projects and artists had increased but the amounts have gone down since the establishment of the funds – which can decrease the fund’s uniqueness as well as the opportunities for success for those who receive support.

The main objective of Kraumur is to support Icelandic music, primarily by sponsoring young musicians. Since the establishment of the fund early in 2008 around 70 bands and artists have received support from the fund and Kraumur has also initiated various projects (audio workshops, the Conquest – support of touring around Iceland, the Kraumur Awards and the Kraumur List) in addition to the projects Musical Experiments of Tónabær, Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík Arts Festival, Reykjavík Jazz Festival, Við Djúpið, etc. that have benefitted a broader spectrum of artists.

Of the 15 projects that received support from the recent application period there is a joint project that has already taken place; a workshop for musicians of Aldrei fór ég suður (English: I never went south).

Pascal Pinon, Touring and promotion of his first project abroad – ISK 1.200,000
Retro Stefson*, Touring and promotion, the Nordic countries and Europe – ISK 1.000,000
Árstíðir, Touring and distribution in Russia and East Europa – ISK 800,000
Dikta*, Touring and promotion of their work in USA – ISK 800,000
Endless Dark, Preparation and promotion of their work overseas – ISK 700,000
adhd, Promotion and touring in Iceland – ISK 600,000
Kalli, International promotion – ISK 600,000
Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Preparation and recording of a portrait CD – ISK 600,000
Who Knew, Touring to International music festivals – ISK 600,000
Eistnaflug, The Conquest: Music festival in Neskaupsstaður – ISK 500,000                                   Aldrei fór ég suður,  The Conquest: Workshop for musicians and guests – ISK 400,000      Guðmundur Steinn Guðmundsson, The Conquest: Touring in Iceland – ISK 300,000                     Póst rokk & ról, The Conquest: Touring of Lockerbie and others around Iceland – ISK 300,000         Sjóræningjahúsið, The Conquest: Multiple concerts in Patreksfjörður – ISK 300,000               Sleepless in Reykjavik, Production of a video about the Icelandic music scene – ISK 300,000           A total of: ISK 9.000.000

*Kraumur has supported the preparation and recording of Dikta’s albums (Get it Together) and Retro Stefson (Kimambwe) that the groups are now working on releasing and promoting internationally – with the support of Kraumur.

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Kraumur Music Fund was established early in 2008 by the Aurora Fund and has the main objective of promoting Icelandic music, mainly by supporting young musicians, to help them do their artistic work and promote it in Iceland as well as internationally. The objective is to support young musicians in Iceland with direct funding, professional assistance and cooperation of various sorts. Kraumur endeavours to support and promote musical innovation and ambition.

Since Kraumur was founded over seventy artists and bands have received support from the fund, among them are Amiina, Bang Gang, Bloodgroup, Celestine, Daníel Bjarnason, Dikta, Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir, Hjaltalín, Lay Low, Melkorka Ólafsdóttir, Mugison, Nordic Affect, Njútón musical group, Ólöf Arnalds, Seabear and Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson. Kraumur has also worked jointly with Tónabær’s Musical Experiments, Reykjavík Arts Festival, Reykjavík Jazz Festival, Iceland Airwaves, Aldrei fór ég suður as well as others.

In addition to direct support to individual artists and bands – and their projects that involve releasing of albums, touring and promoting themselves and their work in Iceland as well as internationally – Kraumur has launched and operated its own projects of a broader support to the musical scene, such as The Conquest, a support to touring in Iceland, the Kraumur List to promote and support the releasing of Icelandic music and the titles that are believed to exceed in originality and ambition – and the audio workshops in cooperation with the Music Experiments where young and promising musicians and bands are given the opportunity to record new material with the guidance and assistance from experienced musicians.


Presentation of a performance assessment of the daughter funds

The Research Centre of Creative Fields at the Business Research of the University of Iceland introduced on 13 March a performance assessment of the operation of Aurora Design Fund and Kraumur Music Fund.

A large number of people were gathered in room 101 in the Business School of the University of Iceland when the performance assessment of the operation and allocations of the sub funds were presented.

The objective of the performance assessment was first and foremost to assist the managers of the funds to evaluate the work that is being done in the funds, what effect it has on the future and success of the awardees as well as the design- and music scene in a broader sense. The performance assessment was also seen as a way to find out how best to implement the donations, how they may guarantee the biggest success, what approach is best for those who apply for the grants and what kind of image funds like these have in the minds of the applicants and the partners.
The authors of the report are Margrét Sigrún Sigurðardóttir and Tómas Viktor Young and they presented their findings.

Auður Einarsdóttir general manager of Aurora Fund, Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir general manager of Aurora Design Fund and Eldar Ástþórsson general manager of Kraumur Music Fund also told about the operation of the funds.

The research was based on half open interviews with the general managers of the funds and the awardees. The findings of the performance assessment showed that the awardees were very pleased with the funds and feel the application procedure is personal and informal. Due to an increased number of applications the authors of the report point out that it is necessary to make the application procedure more formalised. In the last application procedure Kraumur received 233 applications, the Design Fund 80 applications and this is a record since the funds started their operations.</br>The awardees all agreed that the grant had helped them greatly with their project but that they would have proceeded with their project even if they had not received the grant. This shows that the funds are on the right track in supporting projects that have a clear future vision and objective and are more likely to be realised.

The objective of the funds is to allocate larger grants to fewer projects in order to make more difference to each projects and this is in line with the objective of the Aurora Fund.  The researchers point out that the development towards lower grants to a larger group of awardees will not serve the objectives of the funds and it reduces the likelihood of success for the awardees themselves. This can happen when the number of good applications increases and it actually happened at a certain point in time for the funds.

The conclusion of the performance assessment is therefore that the awardees appreciate more that the funds allocate larger grants to fewer projects. The funds have decided to abide by that conclusion.

The general managers of the funds agree that the performance assessment is very important for the operation of the funds. This is a research that helps form the policy of the funds in allocating grants as well as in their general operation. Good instructions to how to strengthen and boost the operation, maintain the parts of the work that are successful and change things that need to be changed. The operation of the funds has gone through constant development during the last years which is understandable because the funds were meant to be experimental and therefore a research like this one is not only a good indication for the development in the coming years but also ignites discussions about things that can be improved in the general operation of the funds.</br>On the picture: Auður Einarsdóttir general manager of Aurora Fund, Eldar Ástþórsson general manager of Kraumur Music Fund, Margrét Sigrún Sigurðardóttir lecturer at the Business School of the University of Iceland and author of the performance assessment Tómas Viktor Young, author of the performance assessment, Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir general manager of Aurora Fund.</br>


Performing arts, the search and rescue team Ársæll and the exhibition ofLouise Bourgouis at the National Gallery of Iceland are new sponsor projects ofAurora Fund

Today, 16 February 2011 Aurora Fund allocates for the fourth time ISK 100 million to six projects within the field of humanities, education and culture in Iceland and in Sierra Leone.
Grants for performing arts:
In Iceland performing arts have been in a great uptrend recently and the creative energy has received international attention.  Aurora has decided to sponsor performing arts in Iceland, i.e. theatre, dance and song for about ISK10 million. In this way Aurora Fund wants to strengthen even further the performing arts by sponsoring exceptional and ambitious projects.  Aurora Fund has recruited Viðar Eggertsson director and Ingibjörg Þórisdóttir dramaturge and critic, to give professional advice in selecting projects and a great emphasis will be on projects that are artistic, bold and professional.
Applications may now be sent in and further information is on the Fund’s homepage.

The Search and Rescue team Ársæll:
The Search and Rescue team Ársæll is a department within the International rescue team of Slysavarnafélagið Landsbjörg and they assist in storms, earthquakes and flooding in inhabited areas everywhere in the country.  The team did a huge feat in a difficult situation in Haiti following the earthquake in January 2010 and they were among the first rescue teams to arrive on the site.  Much of their specialised equipment needs maintenance and replacement and therefore the Aurora Fund has decided to donate ISK 3 million to the team. The money will be used to buy equipment.

Further information: www.bjorgunarsveit.is

Louise Bourgeois – Exhibition of her artwork in the National Gallery of Iceland:
Louise Bourgeois is one of the best known women artists of the contemporary world. She died in 2010 when she was 99 years old, still agile and working vigorously as an artist. She started her career as a painter but around the middle of the last century she started sculpting which developed into massive instalments. She is a pioneer in that field and considered by many to be the artist that bridged the gap between modern- and contemporary art.  Now, at her 100 year anniversary exhibitions of her work are more popular than ever and therefore this is a unique opportunity for the National Gallery of Iceland to get an exhibition of this size and the first one in Europe since the artist passed away. Foreign visitors are expected that will come solely for the exhibition. The Aurora Fund has decided to donate ISK 3 million to the National Gallery of Iceland to sponsor the exhibition of the works of Louise Bourgeois and publication of a book about the artist which will give Icelanders a chance to get to know this artist a little better.
Attached is further information as well as pictures, one of Louise in 2007 taken by Dimitris Yeros and the other one is of her work Spider from 1995.

Further information: www.listasafn.is 

Kraumur Music Fund:
Kraumur Music Fund was established in 2008 by Aurora Fund as an experimental project for three years. The Kraumur activities have been flourishing and the fund has engaged in miscellaneous cooperative work with people within the music industry. During these three years around 100 musicians, bands and various music projects have been allocated about ISK 60 million.  Kraumur has, among other things, sponsored concerts and tours in Iceland and abroad, assisted in overseas marketing and launched new musical awards under the name of the Kraumur List.  It is therefore clear that the fund’s presence is important in the music sector in Iceland and the fund has now received 232 applications for the next allocation. Therefore the board of Aurora decided to continue this good work and provide another ISK 60 million for Kraumur Music Fund for the next three years.

Further information: www.kraumur.is

Aurora Design Fund:
Aurora Design Fund was established two years ago and is now receiving ISK 25 million for the third time. The fund has supported and worked with a diverse group of designers and the objective of the fund is to support designers and assist them is promoting themselves, their ideas, products and projects in Iceland as well as internationally. Besides, the fund also shares knowledge in the field of design and architecture in cooperation with others in the field as needed. Aurora Design Fund has as an objective to support promising designers and strengthen design work on the grass root level. The fund emphasises the support of projects that are exceptional in some way, encourage creativity and imagination within Icelandic design.

Further information: www.honnunarsjodur.is 

UNICEF’s educational project in Sierra Leone in Africa:
Aurora allocates for the fourth time ISK 40 million to build up a child friendly educational system and school facilities, especially with girls’ needs in mind. This is a part of the Fund’s most extensive project since its foundation and a total of ISK 160 million has been allocated to the project.  The project is in cooperation with the local educational authorities and UNICEF in Iceland and in Sierra Leone.  As a result of this project there are already over one hundred teachers who have received retraining and about 60 schoolhouses have been built with the appropriate water supply, plumbing, furniture and teaching materials.  A great effort is put into the education of teachers and training in teaching methods where the child is in a priority position and the community is activated by establishing parents’ associations at the schools as well as clubs for mothers. The project has been very successful and the same approach may be used in other parts of Sierra Leone.

This is the fourth time that grants are allocated from the Aurora Fund since its establishment in January 2007 by the couple Ingibjörg Kristjánsdóttir and Ólafur Ólafsson who started the fund with a capital sum of ISK one billion.  During these years grants have been allocated from the fund to projects that can contribute to a better life in Iceland as well as the developing countries.  Aurora Fund is a non-profit organisation that has fulfilled its objectives to support few, but large projects where there is need for considerable amounts of money in order for them to be realised.
The board of the Fund also wants to see the projects having a profound influence in the community. An emphasis is on the contributions in Iceland strengthening innovation and new projects so as to boost the variety of economic activity in the country. Projects that Aurora sponsors in the developing countries are first and foremost within education and culture. An effort is made to follow through with projects and support awardees and partners as much as possible.


Kraumur announces support to the Icelandic music scene

Kraumur Music Fund announced on 15 April its first allocations and support to the Icelandic music scene, musicians and bands for the year 2010.

Twenty artists and band receive direct support from Kraumur and cooperation with others in their projects this year; Bang Gang, Bloodgroup, Bryndís Jakobsdóttir, Daníel Bjarnason, Einar Scheving, Feldberg, FM Belfast, Hafdís Bjarnadóttir, the chamber choir Carmina, K-trio, Leaves, Mammút, Ourlives, Ólöf Arnalds, Retro Stefson, Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band, Seabear, Sólstafir, the Trúbatrix group and Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson. Kraumur will also continue with its own projects; to support Icelandic recording, award exceptional albums on the Kraumur List as well as sponsor audio workshops this summer for young and promising bands and artists.

A total of ISK 11.7 million is now being allocated to various projects that have to do with Icelandic music. The applications received this time were 208 in all.  The published policy of the fund is to support few projects or artists, but do it in a determinant way.

This time an emphasis is on International promotion of Icelandic music and projects of Icelandic artists as well as supporting the work of artists and bands in Iceland, from composing and recording of own work, to seminars and concerts in the countryside.

PROMOTION OF ICELANDIC MUSIC INTERNATIONALLY 

This time the largest support for cooperation goes to FM Belfast for touring and promotion of their work and to the composer Daníel Bjarnason for follow through and international promotion of his album Processions. Kraumur supports both projects with ISK 1.000,000 each. Kraumur also starts cooperation and support with Feldberg, Mammút, Ourlives, Ólöf Arnalds, Seabear, Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band and Sólstafir to promote them and their work internationally.

Daníel Bjarnason  is a composer of classical music who has worked enthusiastically at breaking down traditions usually connected with a title such as his.  It may be said that Daníel is some ways paving the way for composers of classical music in our times and getting classical music out to a larger audience. Procession is already receiving very good reviews and has been very well received internationally and with further promotion and concerts it will hopefully reach the attention of even more people.

The band FM Belfast is at the other end of the musical spectrum and plays dance- and pop music. They have developed immensely as a concert band since they appeared on Iceland Airwaves in 2006. The band made and released their own album, How to Make Friends with the support of Kraumur in 2008 and since then the band’s reputation has reached far outside Iceland. In 2010 the band will focus on the international market and the band will perform at music festivals and musical happenings all around Europe, such as Roskilde and SPOT.

RELEASING OF ALBUMS AND DOMESTIC PROJECTS        

Kraumur continues to support projects of bands and artists in Iceland and the composing, recordings and releasing of their work. Kraumur will be working with and supporting Bang Gang, Bryndís Jakobsdóttir, Einar Scheving, Hafdís Bjarnadóttir, Leaves, Retro Stefson and Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson in their projects in composing, releasing and/or promoting their own work. All these artists have plans to release new albums this year.

Kraumur continues the “Conquest” this year – the support to touring in Iceland. The objective is to increase the artists’ possibilities of having concerts, give them a chance to promote their music outside the capital area and boost people’s access to musical events in the countryside.  Numerous artists and bands have gone touring in various places around the country in the last two years in the name of the “Conquest”.

Kraumur’s “Conquest” will support concerts and touring of the Chamber choir Carmina, the K-trio, the Trúbatrix group (Myrra Rós Þrastardóttir, Miss Mount, Elín Ey, Elíza, Pascal Pinon, Mysterious Marta and numerous other women musicians). Bloodgroup will also have a concert in the Faroe Islands, supported by Kraumur. It’s time to thank Faroe islanders for their help, by bringing them exceptional music from Iceland.

THE KRAUMUR LIST AND THE OPERATION IN 2010

This year Kraumur has had a seminar and an open conference for musicians and people interested in music in cooperation with the music festival: “I never went south”, has participated in the search for young composers in cooperation with Djúpið and Rás 1 and as one of the partners of Music Experiments in March chosen three bands to take part in Kraumur’s audio workshops where young and promising bands receive information, guiding and facilities to record their own material with the assistance of professionals.

Kraumur has also bought (100 copies of each title) and promoted the six albums that were nominated for the Kraumur Élite list 2009 (former Kraumur awards) – and sent them to concert organisers, record companies and international contacts. The albums are: Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir – Vingt regards sur lénfant – Jésus, Bloodgroup – Dry Land, Helgi Hrafn Jónsson – For the Rest of my Childhood, Hildur Guðnadóttir – Without Sinking, Hjaltalin – Terminal and Morðingjarnir – Flóttinn mikli. The Kraumur List 2010 will be announced in December and Kraumur will provide the same kind of support to the albums that are awarded.

For further information kindly contact Eldar Ástþórsson general manager of Kraumur Music Fund or


Aurora fund allocates USD 800 thousand to four projects in Iceland and in Sierra Leone

The board of the Aurora Fund announced last week, March 16th, its decision to allocate USD 800 thousand in support of four projects in the field of humanitarian aid, education, and culture in Iceland and in SierraLeone.

One of the Fund’s latest projects is supporting Brúðuheimar in Borgarnes – a Centre for Arts and Culture which will become an important part of cultural tourism in the area. Brúðuheimar will receive USD 120 thousand, USD 55 thousand of which will be in the form of a loan.

Three projects will be receiving grants for the second or the third time: The Aurora Design Fund will receive USD 200 thousand, Kraumur, Aurora’s Music Fund, will receive USD 150 thousand, and an educational project in the African nation of Sierra Leone will receive USD 330 thousand.

The Aurora Fund was founded in January 2007 by husband and wife Ólafur Ólafsson and Ingibjörg Kristjánsdóttir who contributed the initial capital of USD 14.3 million. This is the third year Aurora distributes grants, supporting projects that contribute to the betterment of society in Iceland and in the developing countries. The initial capital has grown nicely, today amounting to around USD 1.8 million.

One of Aurora Fund’s goals is to support few but large projects that can really benefit and flourish from the support. The Board of the Aurora Fund also considers projects which have a decisive impact on their communities. For the Icelandic projects the emphasis is on empowering innovating, new projects and thereby adding to the variety of the market. Aurora Fund’s projects in the developing countries are related to education, culture, and health care. The Fund places an emphasis on following through with projects and to assist the beneficiaries of these grants and their co-workers as much as possible.

The Aurora Fund has allocated grants in total of USD 3.2 million to 11 projects over the past three years. 1.5 million of these have gone to four projects in Africa and Nepal, and 1.7 million to 7 Icelandic projects. Before the Aurora Fund was created, Ingibjörg and Ólafur gave USD 800 thousand in support of two projects, one in Iceland and one in Sierra Leone, which brings the total amount of grants up to USD 4 million.

The Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, one of the two original projects supported by Ingibjörg and Ólafur, marked the beginning of the Aurora Fund. In many ways the Centre is typical for the kind of projects the Fund supports in Iceland, and it has unquestioningly had a great impact, both in the rural Borgarnes area and the whole of Icelandic society. Sigurgeir’s Stuffed Bird Collection by Lake Mývatn is another interesting project that the Aurora Fund has supported outside the capital area. The Fund has also initiated the creation of two specialized funds: Kraumur, Aurora’s Music Fund, and the Aurora Design Fund.

Brúðuheimar (e. Puppet World) will receive will USD 120 thousand, for the creation of a Centre for Arts and Culture in Englendingavík in Borgarnes, Iceland. USD 65 thousand of this amount will be a grant going towards the design and development of a Puppet Museum, while USD 55 thousand will be in the form of a loan to secure accommodation and preparing the premises. This is the first time that the Aurora Fund provides support in the form of a loan, a form of assistance the Board can see increasing, especially with projects that are business-related.

Brúðuheimar, a Centre for Arts and Culture, is founded by husband and wife Bernd Ogrodnik, puppeteer, and Hildur Jónsdóttir, general manager. The Centre will be located in the old buildings that used to house the rural area’s grocery store. These houses date back to the 19th Century and are an important part of Icelandic history. They are under protection and are now being renovated according to 19th Century building styles. The Centre will be an interactive Puppet Museum on one hand, and on the other a Puppet Theatre showing pieces for children and adults alike. There will be a café on-site with an emphasis on serving healthy food. A visit to Brúðuheimar will be an enchanting adventure and an enjoyable activity for people of all ages.

Brúðuheimar is set to open in May of 2010.

Brúðuheimar have everything it takes to become a magical world for both young and old. Its artistic director, Bernd Ogrodnik, is among the foremost puppet artists in the world. Brúðuheimar is a great addition to the cultural tourism in Borgarbyggð, and will support other local tourist attractions, such as the Settlement Centre and Snorrastofa in Reykholt. The future vision of the people behind the project is both ambitious and professional, which is why the board of the Aurora Fund has decided to assist them in enriching the local daily life and culture.

An educational project in the African nation of Sierra Leone will receive a grant USD 330 thousand to create a child-friendly educational system and to build schools which take special note of the needs of girls. This is the third of five grants which have been allocated to the project. Aurora Fund’s largest project to date, it is developed in collaboration with the country’s educational authorities and UNICEF in both Iceland and in Sierra Leone.

Over the last four years, USD 1.5 milljon has been put into the project, including USD 500 thousand, Ingibjörg and Ólafur had donated before the foundation of Aurora to build 50 schools in the country’s poorest regions.

As a result of this project over one hundred teaches have been re-educated and around 60 schoolhouses have been built with running water, toilets, irrigation systems, furniture, and other materials needed for teaching.

Last year a decision was made to improve the quality of education and to adjust it specifically to the needs of the children, girls in particular. The goal is to keep the girls in school for as long as possible, hopefully to prevent them from getting married and having children at much too early an age.

More effort has been put into educating teachers and providing them with training in a manner of teaching where the child is put first, as well as involving the community by creating Parents’ Associations in the schools and Mothers’ Clubs. More information on the project can be found on Aurora Fund’s web-page, www.aurorafund.is, and also on UNICEF Iceland’s webpage, www.unicef.is

Kraumur, Aurora’s music fund will receive USD 150 thousand to strengthen the music life in Iceland, primarily by supporting young musicians in performing and presenting their work. This is done through direct grants, professional assistance, and various forms of cooperation. Instigated by the Aurora Fund, Kraumur was created in early 2008 and is now receiving a grant for the third time.

Kraumur’s activities have been extensive and successful. Over the past two years the fund has given over USD 300 thousand in direct grants to 74 musicians, bands, and music related projects. Kraumur has also collaborated with a wide array of people, groups, and institutions within the musical spectrum – providing support for concerts, road tours in Iceland and abroad, the marketing of Icelandic music overseas as well as instigating a new music award, Kraumslistinn.

It is quite clear that the presence of this fund is hugely influential in the Icelandic cultural life. The manager of Kraumur is Eldar Ástþórsson. Further information can be found on Kraumur’s lively web-site http://www.kraumur.is/

Aurora’s Design Fund will receive USD 200 thousand, to strengthen the roots of Icelandic design by giving financial support to talented designers so they can get their designs produced, noticed, and sold both in Iceland and abroad. The Design Fund was created in February 2009 with the initial capital of USD 250 thousand.

The Design Fund’s goal is to harness the power that lies within the sphere of design through direct financial contributions to outstanding designers, and to assist them in getting themselves, their ideas, and products noticed. The Design Fund is also meant to promote information regarding design, encourage innovation, and to be a platform for cooperation between designers and members of the production/business sectors. It also provides support to young designers through counselling, networking, and scholarships.

The Fund also emphasises supporting project that excel in some way, thereby encouraging originality and creative thinking in Icelandic design.

The Aurora Design Fund has allocated in total of USD 300 thousand in grants to 25 projects and designers, and participated in various projects within the field of design. The Fund’s manager is Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir. Further information regarding the Aurora Design Fund can be found on its web-site www.honnunarsjodur.is


Aurora fund allocates 111, 5 million ISK to projects in Iceland and in Africa

The Board of the Aurora Fund has allocated ISK 111.5 million in support of six projects in the field of humanitarian aid, education and culture in Iceland as well as the African countries of Sierra Leone and Mozambique. Four of these projects have not been Fund beneficiaries before.
This is the second time the Aurora Fund allocates grants from its funds. Aurora was founded in January 2007 by Ingibjörg Kristjánsdóttir, landscape architect, and her husband, Ólafur Ólafsson, a member of the board of Samskip and Alfesca.

The foundation was initially capitalised by ISK one billion and its annual contributions will derive from interest and other profits from the initial funding, in addition to any money that may be donated. The primary aim of the foundation is to enhance and strengthen cultural and humanitarian activities in Iceland and in the developing countries. It should be mentioned that most of the Fund’s assets were protected during the economic collapse, and its Board will continue to work in the spirit it was intended.

The Icelandic Red Cross will receive ISK 20 million in support of three projects:

Aurora Board Reasoning:
The Icelandic Red Cross is highly respected for its extensive humanitarian aid –  both locally and abroad – where professionalism and selflessness are always at the forefront. The Aurora Foundation decided to assist those who suffer as a result of the economic crisis in Iceland, and collaboration with the Icelandic Red Cross seemed the best way to approach such a goal. The three projects, that Aurora is supporting this year, all serve different groups in need of assistance.

The Newly founded Aurora Design Fund is a three year experimental project, receiving ISK 25 million per year to support designers getting their work noticed and to assist in product development, primary production, and marketing, both locally and internationally. The Foundation will also communicate knowledge in the field of design and support collaboration between designers and the general economy. A Fund such as this one has never before existed in Iceland.
The Aurora Design Fund will soon open the website www.honnunarsjodur.is where further information can be reached.

Aurora Board Reasoning:
There is a clear need for a design fund in Iceland, to support promising designer as well as to empower the design grassroots and be a platform for ideas and creative thought in the field. The board of Aurora hopes that the new fund will encourage the growth of Icelandic design and that it will become one of the foundations for renaissance in business.
Hugi Guðmundsson, composer, will receive ISK 3 million for the webpage MusMap.com in support of an international cultural project, meant to empower classical music and reach new audiences through the internet.

Aurora Board Reasoning:
MusMap.com is the result of a pioneering spirit of the sort that Aurora Foundations wishes to encourage and strengthen. It is a unique project, especially in that it helps to introduce classical music to young people. Hugi Guðmundsson has a clear vision for the future and even though the project is still relatively small, it has all the means to become a driving force and a large influence in the world of classical music.
UNICEF in Iceland receives ISK 3, 5 million to support an award winning child-to-child radio programme organised by UNICEF with children and young people in Mozambique. The radio programme focuses on peer tutoring, empowering oneself, and the participation of children. The National Radio of Iceland, Rás 1, is now working on a similar radio show for children in Iceland, also in collaboration with UNICEF, honouring the 20 year anniversary of the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Aurora Board Reasoning:
The project in Mozambique is a fascinating example of peer tutoring where children and teenagers use radio to conduct a discussion on their own premises regarding problems they face. UNICEF and the National Radio’s plan on starting a radio programme in Iceland built on the Mozambique project is very interesting, but the goal is to create a connection between the young people in these two countries and thereby uniting their two different worlds of experience.

UNICEF’s educational program in Sierra Leone will receive ISK 40 million continued support to create a child-friendly educational system and to build schools, keeping the needs of girls especially in mind. The project began last year, promising Aurora’s continued support for a total of ISK 120 million, to be paid out in three parts between 2008-2010.
The project in Sierra Leone is Aurora Foundation’s biggest project to date, and has already trained over a hundred teachers. Nine schools are currently being constructed in the Kono district, with proper water and drainage systems, furniture and teaching utilities.

Kraumur, Aurora’s music fund will receive ISK 20 million to support aspiring musicians in their art and the marketing thereof. Kraumur was founded last year,  at the behest of the Aurora Foundation, with a promise of ISK 50 million to be divided in three payments from 2008-2010. The Aurora fund decided to add another 5 million to the expected 15 million contribution this year, since Kraumur has proven itself to be sorely needed, and its presence of enormous value.
Kraumur’s operations are extensive and flourishing, and the fund has contributed widely. It has supported concerts and tours both in Iceland and abroad, assisted in marketing and created a new award, the Kraumur Award, among other things. Further information can be found on Kraumur’s lively webpage:  http://www.kraumur.is

 


Aurora Charity Fund allocates ISK 210 million to four projects in Iceland and Africa

The Board of Aurora Charity Fund announced today its decision to allocate a total of ISK 210 million to the fund’s first projects. The couple Ingibjörg Kristjánsdóttir, landscape architect, and Ólafur Ólafsson, Chairman of Samskip and Alfesca, established the foundation one year ago on Ólafur’s 50th birthday, 23 January 2007, with an initial donation of ISK one billion. It was later given the name Aurora Charity Fund, a charter and operational procedures were approved and a Board of Directors appointed.

Income from the foundation, which will derive from dividends and interest, will on the one hand be earmarked for various projects in developing countries, and on the other to enhance life in Iceland by supporting projects in areas of culture, education and the arts in accordance with the fund’s charter.

The Board of the fund now announces its first grants, a total of ISK 100 million earmarked for four projects this year. Two of the projects are for three years, so the Board is actually allocating a total of ISK 210 million:

  • Sigurgeir’s Stuffed Bird Collection in Mývatnssveit district, receives ISK 20 million to fully complete exhibition facilities with all necessary equipment in the museums new building at Ytri-Neslönd in Mývatnssveit district.
  • Mangochi District Hospital in Malawi, Africa, receives ISK 20 million to build a children’s wing and strengthen the infrastructure of the children’s ward.

Two projects received grants for three years:

  • A UNICEF educational project in Sierra Leone, receives a total of ISK 120 million over three years to develop a child-friendly educational system, including the building of schools, in particular with the needs of girls in mind, i.e. ISK 40 million this year, ISK 40 million in 2009 and ISK 40 million in 2010.
  • New fund to strengthen young musicians, Kraumur Music Fund, receives a total of ISK 50 million to support young musicians in performing and presenting their works: ISK 20 million this year and a total of ISK 30 million in 2009 and 2010. The Kraumur Music Fund was established on the initiative of Aurora Charity Fund.

Sierra Leone’ Minister of Education, Dr. Minkailu Bah, came to Iceland on the occasion of the Aurora Charity Fund’s decision to support develop his country’s educational system. He met with Iceland’s Minister of Education, Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, and visited both the University of Iceland and Reykjavík University.

  • The Board of the Aurora Charity Fund comprises the founders, the couple Ingibjörg Kristjánsdóttir, landscape architect, and Ólafur Ólafsson, Chairman of Samskip and Alfesca. The other Board members are Sigurður Einarsson, Executive Chairman of Kaupthing Bank, Sigurður Guðmundsson, Iceland’s Medical Director of Health and Þórunn Sigurðardóttir, Artistic Director of the Reykjavík Art Festival.
  • The Board of the Kraumur Music Fund comprises Þórunn Sigurðardóttir, Ásmundur Jónsson and Pétur Grétarsson. The newly appointed Managing Director of the fund is Eldar Ástþórsson.
  • The Consultancy Committee of the Kraumur Music Fund comprises Björk Guðmundsdóttir, musician, Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdóttir, Managing Director of Iceland Music Export (IMX), Árni Heimir Ingólfsson, Music director of Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Árni Matthíasson, journalist on the daily Morgunblaðið, Mist Þorkelsdóttir, Dean of the Department of Music, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Kjartan Sveinsson, keyboard musician for Sigur Rose, and SJÓN (Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson), author.
  • The Aurora Charity Fund has opened a website www.aurorafund.is where detailed information can be found regarding the foundation, the Kraumur Music Fund and projects being supported.

Sigurgeir’s Stuffed Bird Collection is named after Sigurgeir Stefánsson from Ytri-Neslöndum in Mývatn, who had a keen interest in birdlife and nature, and who died in an accident in 1999. He collected stuffed birds and eggs, and had accumulated about 320 from some 100 species of nesting birds in Iceland. After his passing, Sigurgeir’s relatives decided to build a museum in his memory to house the collection, along with Sleipni, a boat owned by Jón Sigtryggsson from Syðri-Neslöndum and one of the first modes of transportation for the people of Mývatn. The new museum was weather-tight in 2006, but various equipment and displays were still needed. The Aurora Charity Fund intends to provide the support necessary to open the museum to the public.

The Board of Aurora Charity Fund explained the reason for the decision:

“The family of the late Sigurgeir Stefánsson deserve credit for having built a home for the stuffed bird collection, and for having shown great determination and perseverance in their efforts. The Board of the Aurora Charity Fund has decided to take part in the project in order that Sigurgeir’s Stuffed Bird Collection receives the equipment necessary to enrich life and culture in Mývatn as well as the entire country.”
Health Project in Malawi. The Aurora Charity Fund is financing the building of a new addition to the children‘s ward in the Mangochi District Hospital in Malawi, expected to be fully operational by fall 2008. The current children‘s ward is much too small, and the new addition will double its size, adding 36 new beds to the 36 already in place. Also intensive care and newborn units with 10 additional beds will be established, as well as a reception area and a duty station for the health care staff. Furthermore, necessary work will commence on the hospital‘s sewage system and septic tanks.

The Board of Aurora Charity Fund explained the reason for the decision:

“It is imperative to improve and strengthen health-care services in Malawi, in particular for children. Ten percent of all newborn children die before reaching their fifth birthday. This must certainly change, and the Aurora Charity Fund intends to play a role in improving health-care services at the children‘s ward of the Mangochi District Hospital in Malawi.”
Educational Project in Sierra Leone. The goal of this project is to support UNICEF and the government of Sierra Leone to ensure a primary education for all school-aged children by 2015. The Aurora Charity Fund will collaborate with UNICEF in Iceland to ensure that 85% of the children in Sierra Leone will be receiving a primary education by 2010. The foundation will grant USD two million over the period three years (2008-2010) to build schools in Sierra Leone. Each school building will have 3-6 classrooms for children between the ages of 6-12. Furthermore the foundation will provide furniture and necessary supplies for the schools, including water, bathroom facilities and playground equipment. It will also finance the educating and training of teachers, as well as putting a special focus on the education and ensuring the safety of girls, and support women‘s and mothers‘ groups.

The Board of Aurora Charity Fund explained the reason for the decision:

“Education is one of the most powerful weapons fighting poverty in the world. In particular, it gives children the opportunity to achieve a decent living, increases their self-respect and goes a long way to creating an informed society. UNICEF has formulated, in the opinion of the Aurora Charity Fund’s board, a well-rounded programme for developing primary education in Sierra Leone, one of the world’s poorest countries. Solutions are focused at the roots of the problem: addressing most factors that prevent children of primary school age, especially girls, from receiving the education that is rightfully theirs.”
Kraumur Music Fund is an independent fund established by the Aurora Charity Fund. Its aim is to strengthen Icelandic musical life, primarily by supporting young musicians in performing and presenting their works. This will be done by strengthening the position of young musicians in Iceland through direct grants, professional assistance and various forms of cooperation. The fund also intends to fulfil its mission by sharing knowledge in the field, for example by courses, consulting and workshops, as well as through working in cooperation with those who share the same goals. The Board of Aurora Charity Fund explained the reason for the decision:

“Icelandic musical life has a special uniqueness, in particular because of the palpable power and boldness that characterise young musicians. The Sugarcubes and Björk pioneered the global explosion of Icelandic music, and many musicians have followed in their footsteps with amazing results. Today, the Icelandic music experience has become one of the strongest elements of the image that Iceland and Icelanders enjoy abroad. The unusual interplay of pop and classical music can be a driving force in ongoing successes. The support of young musicians in their works, and in various forms of cooperation, creates a stronger foundation under this important growth area of Icelandic culture.”