As a company doing business in more than 150 countries and with nearly 300,000 employees, Bank of America Merrill Lynch helps a broad spectrum of arts programmes thrive. Support comes in many forms, such as grants, sponsorships, loans to museums from its own art collection and unique programmes, of which one is the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project. This sees grants distributed to support the conservation of artworks from around the world. In the inaugural 2010 round of funding, the Louvre was awarded a grant towards the conservation of its iconic classical sculpture, the Winged Victory of Samothrace. More recently, the company sponsored the widely acclaimed exhibition: Manet: The Man who Invented Modern Art at the Musée D’Orsay, also in Paris. Other current or near-term programmes include sponsorship of The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860 – 1900 at the V&A, London; global sponsorship of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and global sponsorship of The Bridge Project, a touring theatrical collaboration between The Old Vic in London and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch supports nearly 6,000 arts organisations worldwide, in the belief that greater cultural understanding can foster increased opportunities for all.