The "Freunde und Förderer der Münchner Philharmoniker" has been supporting the internationally renowned, professional orchestra as well as young, talented musicians since its foundation in 1983. On a volunteer basis, with great enthusiasm and substantial financial investments. The by now almost 500 members ensure the preservation of a lively, first-rate orchestra and music culture with their wonderful commitment. Their greatest aim for this personal investment is the certainty to be investing in a strong community into an orchestra that is one of the best in the world.
The diverse work of the non-profit society culminated in the foundation of the Orchestra Academy in 1997. Keeping, financing, and expanding it is the greatest success of the Friends and Patrons since it came into existence. In 2009, the Academy received the sponsorship award of the Hauck & Aufhäuser Cultural Foundation. However, the Friends and Patrons feel not only responsible for the next generation of musicians, but also for the artistic work of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra by supporting and often making possible a variety of projects, for example by purchasing valuable musical instruments and making them available to the musicians of the orchestra.