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Extra €3.4m for Dutch live entertainment fund

The Netherlands’ government has pledged a further €3.4 million for the Performing Arts Fund NL, which provides subsidies to a number of Dutch music festivals.

The Performing Arts Fund (Fonds Podiumkunsten, FPK) grant, announced by culture minister Ingrid van Engelshoven, will be put towards, among other things, a follow-up to the the Fast Forward initiative, which promoted Dutch talent internationally in partnership with international producers/promoters, FPK announced today.

There are also more funds for the Grant for Dutch scheme, which provides grants to foreign festivals or venues providing a platform for Dutch artists and performers.

The grant will be put towards a follow-up to the Fast Forward intiative

FPK also funds the €500k Slecht Weer Fonds (Bad Weather Fund), which aids festivals suffering financially as a result of severe weather.

The new money forms part of the Performing Arts Fund’s commitments for 2018–2020. Several festivals, including Noorderslag, Amsterdam Dance Event, Welcome to the Village and Into the Great Wide Open, lost their subsidies in the latest round of funding, announced in August 2016, although a partial U-turn that October saw some of the money reinstated.

Van Engelshoven announced an extra €10m for arts and culture last November, with the Performing Arts Fund budget also increased by €9m per year for 2018–20.

The FPK website has a full list of funding commitments for 2017–2020.


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