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The Foundation focuses on three main areas: the long-term success of the Orchestra, its international recognition, as well as the maintenance and development of activities in the community.

Under the presidency of Madame Hélène Desmarais, the OSM Foundation was publicly launched on April 2, 2009, at the Bell Centre on the occasion of a benefit event entitled “Meeting of the Century.” That memorable concert, which took place under the direction of Maestro Kent Nagano before an audience of 15,000, was also conceived to underscore the 75th anniversary of the OSM and the centenary of the Montreal Canadiens hockey club.

The goal of the first phase of the major fundraising campaign was to capitalize in perpetuity $60 million in donations in the OSM Foundation – a goal that was achieved!