The Sibelius Academy signalled the need for new premises in the city centre of Helsinki, closer to the other Sibelius Academy buildings.
The Sibelius Academy, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony orchestra began to work on plans for a new music centre. The city centre lacked a concert hall with world-class acoustica for them to play in.
The Finnish Ministry of Education set up a commission to plan the music centre in the Töölönlahti area.
The commission handed a memorandum concerning the music centre initiative to the Ministry of Education. Next, a suitable site was needed in the Töölönlahti area.
The Helsinki City Planning Committee decided to build the music centre on Mannerheimintie Street.
The first phase of the international architectural design competition was launched.