The Kühne Foundation first supported the preliminary concert operations of the Elbphilharmonie in 2012. In 2017, it supported not only the two opening concerts, but also the subsequent opening festival lasting several weeks.
Between 2014 and 2020, the Kühne Foundation was the main sponsor of the International Music Festival. Initially conceived as a biennial, this festival has now firmly established itself in the European cultural calendar and enriches the cultural life of the Hanseatic city due to the diversity of artistic offerings and the performances of renowned artists, ensembles and orchestras.
In 2021, the Kühne Foundation expanded its partnership with the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and is now involved as a principal sponsor.