Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Performing Arts in the Netherlands in Shock: New Subsidy Policy Distresses Renowned Musical Ensembles

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Performing Arts in the Netherlands in Shock: New Subsidy Policy Distresses Renowned Musical Ensembles

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A new policy in granting subsidies to the performing arts distressed a number of the most renowned music ensembles in the Netherlands. The Fund For The Performing Arts reduced the subsidies for Asko Schonberg ensemble (Reinbert de Leeuw) and the Dutch chamber choir drastically. For the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman) the subsidy was withdrawn.

Not only the ensembles were left bewildered. The public was also stunned by these radical decisions. The argument for cutting the budgets of these ensembles was that no well founded business plans had been submitted. The fact that these are all laurelled ensembles with international acclaim was completely disregarded.

Asko Schonberg ensemble excels in 20th century and contemporary music. Under the guidance of Reinbert de Leeuw, since decades works are performed which otherwise would not sound at all at the international stages. The ensemble made recordings of the works of composers such as: Oliver Messiaen, Galina Ustvolskaja, Klaas de Vries, Gyorgy Ligeti and Claude Vivier. …

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