The Aventis Foundation supports Ensemble Modern, transcending borders within new music during this festival by presenting, among others, the format »Tectonics«, which brings together musicians from various fields of contemporary music. The Aventis Foundation is an independent, charitable foundation headquartered in Frankfurt am Main. It serves to foster the arts and culture as well as science, research and education. It was founded in 1996 as the Hoechst Foundation and has an endowment of 50 million Euro. In 2000, it was renamed and has been operating as the Aventis Foundation ever since.