Upon the proposal of Prof. Ma Shui-long, Chew's Culture Foundation was founded in 1991. In its initial establishment, it served as a venue for the presentation of original Taiwanese music by the holding of two events annually, the "Euterpe: Spring & Autumn". Many years of careful cultivation and hard work earned praises from every sector in the society, and in 1998, it won the Special Honor of the first Council Sponsors Award from the Council for Cultural Affairs. Deeply encouraged by these achievements, Chairman Andrew Chew also placed great expectations in promoting the integration of music and visual arts, making it his mission for his work to take root in the community in honor of his late father, Hong-gah. Thus, the Hong-gah Museum was established.
In recent years, economic and political areas of our nation have rapidly matured, yet our spiritual lives haven't kept pace with this day to day increase in material prosperity. With deep concern for our greater environment and a desire to improve the quality of life in Taiwan, Mr. Andrew Chew invited professionals from the fields of business, the arts and law to come together and create Chew's Culture Foundation and contribute their different strengths to the cultural development of Taiwan. When the Foundation was formally established on May 14, 1990, Andrew Chew was elected as its Chairman and Ma Shui-long was invited to act as Chief Executive Officer in charge of planning and advancement.
The Foundation's goals include raising the quality of the arts in Taiwan, advancing social harmony, promoting creativity and research in the arts. The Foundation also strives to cultivate outstanding young artists, periodically showcase the work of domestic and international artists, hold arts and culture competitions and educational seminars, publish the work of local artists, assist in the promotion of social and cultural education activities and advance international art exchange. It is with these goals that Chew's Culture Foundation hopes to create a finer tomorrow for Taiwan.
In order to promote the performance of work by Taiwanese composers and the overall creative musical environment of Taiwan, Chew's Culture Foundation began directly sponsoring the concert series Euterpe: Spring and Autumn under the guidance of Professor Ma Shui-long and the trusteeship of National Committee of the Asian Composers' League of Taiwan in 1991. Thereafter, the work of composers under 40 years old was performed every spring, and the work of composers over 40 every autumn, with the intention of symbolizing the endless cycle of renewal and passing on of legacies. Euterpe: Spring and Autumn was held until 2001, and during its lifetime showcased the new work of over 100 composers in mostly premier performances by more than 100 singers and musicians.
In addition to the Euterpe: Spring and Autumn series, the Foundation promotes music by assisting in the publication of collections of sheet music. The Foundation and its Chairman feel that although small amounts of the corpus of Professor Ma Shui-long's compositions were published in the past by the Council for Cultural Affairs and the Asian Composers' League, many of these early scores were hand written, and by current standards of professionalism are inadequate. Furthermore, Professor Ma has indicated that during the many times that he has represented Taiwan at cultural organizations in other countries, he has often received musical scores of local musicians' compositions, which attests to how much these countries value music and their composers. On the contrary, in Taiwan, the publication of musical scores is considered unimportant and so there are not enough for performers who wish to promote Taiwanese music, let alone for those who wish to present them as gifts representing Taiwan to another country's related organizations or musicians. Therefore, the Foundation has aimed to publish a wide variety of musical scores and songs created by Ma Shui-Long, and assist in planning its related marketing. We expect that by implementing this plan, we can establish a fine example for the publication of musical scores in Taiwan, and also recognize the long-term contributions made by Professor Ma Shui-long to the Taiwanese world of music.