National Institute of Music and Dance

The National Institute of Music and Dance is a state-run cultural institution in Poland. The Institute’s basic mission is to support the development of music and dance culture in Poland.

The National Institute of Music and Dance runs residencies, artistic, research, publishing and grant programmes designed for the Polish music and dance communities, implemented via competition formula. It also administers ministry programmes. The Institute runs a wide range of educational activities, including both original programmes (Thought in Motion, a nationwide dance education programme for children, youth and intergenerational groups) and projects run directly by the Institute and addressed to the youth (Philharmonic. Caution, it draws you in!) and senior citizens (Philharmonic for Seniors).

The National Institute of Music and Dance also studies the condition of dance and music communities; presents reports and postulates to the Minister, providing expertise; handles documentation and archives; commissions research; encourages quality improvement in music and dance education; supports cultural institutions and non-governmental organisations; initiates celebrations of anniversaries of important events in the history and development of dance and music; and coordinates the activities of cultural institutions.

The National Institute of Music and Dance participates in the exchange of information and experience between Polish and international professional organizations.

The Institute actively supports the development of professional music and dance communities in Poland, organising the Polish Music Convention and the Dance Congress which provide ample space for exchange of experiences and self-reflection, as well as running conferences, workshops and training for dance and music professionals. It also develops publicly available special reports and expert opinions, and runs a programme assisting dance artists in acquiring new professional qualifications.

The National Institute of Music and Dance is also the main organiser of important cultural events across Poland, such as the biennial Polish Dance Platform, the annual Coryphée of Polish Music award, and two competitions that are held alternately, the Young Musician of the Year and the Young Dancer of the Year.

The National Institute of Music and Dance

Aleksandra Fredry 800-097
Tel. +48 22 829 20 29


Mateusz Czekaj, Programme Specialist

Themes: cultural policy, international networks, development of music and dance art, music and dance history, professional training, financing, supporting and promoting Polish works

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