The establishment of the Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation developed in three stages, beginning in the 1940's. After the break up of the Sound and String Association, which was founded in 1940 with similar aims to the present Foundation, the Sevda-Cenap And Establishment was formed in 1965 and became the Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation in 1973.
Mehmet Cenap And was the first President of the Foundation and the Board of Trustees was formed by Ayse Cevza And, Osman Anil, Mehmet A. Basman, Ali Imer, Prof. Dr. Enver Kurdoglu and Ugur Sevindik.
The first members of the Foundation's Consultative Committee were: Gurer Aykal, Samim Bilgen, Idil Biret, Mithat Fenmen, Suna Kan, Hikmet Simsek and Bulent Tarcan. The Committee was chaired by Ahmet Adnan Saygun.