The Alamire Foundation was founded in 1991 as a collaboration between KU Leuven, Research Unit Musicology and Musica, Impulscentrum voor Muziek. As an international study centre, the Alamire Foundation aims to stimulate, coordinate and conduct scientific and practical research. In doing so, she focuses specifically on music and music life in the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to 1800. Special attention is paid to mapping and making available unknown or unexplored material.
With the use of state-of-the-art methods, including digitisation, this musical heritage is preserved, studied and validated. The music, in handwriting or print, is unlocked by traditional publications such as inventories, facsimiles and critical text expenditure and through innovative digital databases. The scientific discussions and conclusions find their way to monographs and journals, including the own Journal of the Alamire Foundation. Collaboration and contacts with the academic and the performing world, heritage institutions and the cultural sector result in international conferences, musical laboratories, festivals, concerts, exhibitions and multimedia applications.
The Alamire Foundation is located on the impressive complex of the Abbey of Park in Leuven/Heverlee. Cappella Pratensis serves as ensemble in residence for the foundation.