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Dutch Performing Arts Fund to receive extra €15m

Rejected music ensembles and theatre companies that were assessed positively for the Performing Arts Fund will now receive subsidies

By IQ on 14 Sep 2020

Eurosonic Noorderslag will benefit from the Netherlands' Performing Arts Fund

Eurosonic Noorderslag will benefit from the Netherlands' Performing Arts Fund


image © Jorn Baars

The Performing Arts Fund (Fonds Podiumkunsten, FPK) will receive an extra €15 million from the Dutch government to distribute among music ensembles and theatre companies which were assessed positively but did not receive support due to a shortage of funding, according to NRC.

In August, the government-backed cultural fund, which originally totalled €62 million, distributed €21m per year in grants for a period of four years (2012-2024) among 78 institutions.

Recipients of the Performing Arts Fund so far include Eurosonic Noorderslaag (granted €75,000 per edition between 2021 and 2024), Into the Great Wide Open (€100,000 for each edition) and Welcome to the Village, (€50,000 per event).

However, the fund was €15.8m short to honour all positively assessed applicants, at the expense of 71 institutions.

The fund announced that the percentage of grants given to festivals is much higher than the other creative sectors

Subsequently, more than a thousand performing organisations and artists sent an urgent letter to members of the House of Representatives and minister Van Engelshoven, urging the government to top up the fund so all positively assessed institutions could benefit.

Now, according to a leaked budget memo obtained by NRC, the Dutch government plan to do just that. The memo also indicates there will be an extra €2m to invest in low-culture regions in Friesland, Drenthe, Flevoland, Zeeland and Limburg.

The fund announced that the percentage of grants given to festivals is much higher than the other creative sectors that applied for subsidies, with almost all positively assessed festivals receiving a programming contribution.

Different amounts were available for each part of the country and the fund collaborated with municipalities and provinces to ensure an even spread of funding for festivals across the nation.

 


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