The Alamire Foundation was founded in 1991 as a co-operative association between the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Musicology Research Unit) and the non-profit organisation Musica (Impulse Centre for Music, Neerpelt). Its mission is to undertake, stimulate, and co-ordinate innovative research on music and musical life in the Low Countries from the early Middle Ages until 1800. The Foundation’s research results appear as monographs, critical editions, facsimile publications, articles in leading journals and in its own Journal of the Alamire Foundation.
Alongside these traditional media, the Foundation seeks to make its research results available to a wide public through websites, exhibitions, and cultural events, such as music laboratories, concerts, festivals, and exhibitions.
Since 2011, the House of Polyphony, located at the historic Park Abbey site (Leuven), offers a unique space to realize the Foundation’s mission. It offers scholars and performers a laboratory for study, experimentation and it provides a concert-space for performances, lectures and presentations. The House of Polyphony houses moreover an expanding collection of historical music instruments.
With the development of the Alamire Digital Lab and the House of Polyphony, the Alamire Foundation is playing a significant and dynamic role in Flanders and abroad.