The Dutch government has left many music and theatre companies at risk, while festivals gained widespread support after it published its decisions on the allocation of multi-year grants as part of its €62m Performing Arts Fund.

Festivals were mostly successful in their applications, with almost all 58 positively assessed events receiving funds for programming costs and an organisation contribution. The Roadburn festival, a four-day rock event in Tilburg, was included for the first time.

Eurosonic Noorderslaag has been granted €75,000 per edition between 2021 and 2024, while Into the Great Wide Open will receive €100,000 for each edition and Welcome to the Village €50,000 per event.

Director of the Performing Arts Fund, Henriëtte Post, said: “Over the next four years, we will support a wide variety of festivals throughout the country: from large-scale and multidisciplinary to small and operating in a niche.

“The knowledge about local roots and the contribution of a festival to the regional maker’s climate was optimally included in the assessment. This was made possible by working with country advisers.”

However, of the 149 performing arts companies whose plans were approved, only 78 will benefit from a subsidy in the next four years. The fund has rewarded 33 newcomers, signalling the end for a number of theatre companies, such as Maatschappij Discordia and Dood Paard.

Makers and institutions such as the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra, Rose Stories, Eva Line de Boer (Euphoria Foundation), Tjon Rockon (Grande Loge), Jasper van Luijk (Shifft), and Miranda Lakerveld (World Opera Lab) are among the 33 applicants who received a multi-year production grant for the first time.

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