About the fund

  • Carl Nielsen

The composer Carl Nielsen and the sculptor Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen’s two daughters, Irmelin Egger Møller and Anne Marie Telmanyi, did in 1957 establish Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen’s Foundation in memory of their parents.

The foundation owns 2/3 of the artist rights after Carl Nielsen and all rights after Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen. The capital of the foundation is primarily established on basis of the income from the artist rights.


The cultural life in Denmark has been seriously affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and several cultural arrangements have had to be cancelled or postponed, including some of the cultural arrangements receiving support from the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Foundation. Read more here.


Each year the foundation grants the largest honorary awards in Denmark to Danish artists. Every other year to musicians and composers and every other year to sculptors.

Further, the foundation gives out fifteen talent awards each year to young musicians, composers and sculptors.

In addition to the above, the foundation supports various projects with the purpose of making people aware of Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen’s artistic work.

At present, the foundation supports the following large projects:

• Renovation of Carl Nielsen’s childhood home at Nørre Lyndelse
• Updating of the Carl Nielsen Museum in Odense in connection with the reopening in 2020
• Biography about Carl Nielsen by professor Michael Fjeldsøe, which is expected to be published in 2020
• Carl Nielsen Kammermusik Konkurrence 2019 (Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition 2019), a cooperation between DR (the Danish National TV), the Royal Danish Library and the Royal Danish Academy of Music
• The Carl Nielsen International Competition 2019 on behalf of Odense Symphony Orchestra


The honorary awards 2020 were handed over on 11 September 2020 at Den Frie, where you can see the sculptors’ exhibitions until 18 October 2020.