Prince George Foundation for the International Network of Youth and Children's Orchestras
Abbreviation PGS
Named after Georg, Crown Prince of Neubayern
Motto Music for the Future
(German: Musik für Zukunft)
Formation 3 April 1021 (46 years ago)
Founder Heinrich III of Neubayern
Type Non-profit
Legal status Active
Purpose Music education
Headquarters Munich,
Subsidiaries Orientalian Branch
Donetskian Branch
Britannian Branch

The Prince George Foundation (German: Prinzgeorgsstiftung, abbr. PGS) is a publicly financed voluntary sector music education program headquartered in Munich, Neubayern, founded in 1021 by Kaiser Heinrich III of Neubayern. The Prince George Foundation was established in memory of Crown Prince George of Neubayern, who was passionate about music. The Prince George Foundation heads efforts around the world to provide free classical music education to promote human opportunity and development for impoverished children. The first music academy run and funded by the PGS, the Prince George College of the Performing Arts, was opened ahead of schedule in 1023. It aims to provide musically talented children who can't otherwise afford a musical education with the opportunity to obtain a music-centric but also all-rounded education.


Shortly after Crown Prince Georg's death in 993, a grief-stricken Heinrich III desired to create an international program in his memory, centred around one of his passions. At first, the Prince George Foundation was intended to be the regulatory board for a football championship; this idea was abandoned in 995, and the Foundation went dormant. However, nearly 30 years later in 1021 the Foundation was reorganised into its modern form, officially known as the Prince George Foundation for the International Network of Youth and Children's Orchestras (Prinzgeorgsstiftung für die International Netzwerk von Kinder- und Jugendorchestern), based instead on a second of the late Crown Prince's hobbies, classical music (the Prince enjoyed playing the cello).

Heinrich III announced plans for an international competition of youth orchestras, and hoped that enough applicants would enter in time for a competition held on either the 40th or 50th anniversaries of the Crown Prince's birth. This wish came true as hundreds of youth orchestras from around the world came to participate in national championships in 1032. In 1033, 25 finalists assembled in Munich to compete in an international tournament known as the Prince George Memorial International Tournament for Youth Orchestras (Prinzgeorg Internationale Gedenkwettkampf für Jugendorchestern). This tournament has been established as a quadrennial event; the next round will take place in 1036 – 1037.


Names in other languagesEdit

  • Donetskian: Царевич Джордж Международный Сети Молодежных из Детских Оркестров (Tsarevich Dzhordzh Mezhdunarodnyy Seti Molodezhnykh iz Detskikh Orkestrov)
  • Orientalian:
    • Hanji: 青年楽隊情辞親王財団
    • Kanaji: せんねんがくたいじょじちんのうさいだん
    • Hangoji: 센넨가쿠태조지친노사이단
    • Tonghab: Сеннен Гакутаи Јоји Чинно Саидан
    • Romanisation: Sennen Gakutai Joji Chinno Saidan
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