Arts council says who should get cash as 25% culture budget cuts bite

A number of top Dutch orchestras, theatre groups and dance troupes will get no government subsidies over the next four years, the arts council confirmed on Monday.

In total, 118 cultural institutions submitted applications for total funding of €375m. The council had €310m to allocate following the government’s decision to cut spending on the arts by 25% over the next four years.
The council is charged with allocating funds to cultural institutions considered to be of national importance.
Presenting the recommendations, arts council leader Joop Daalmeijer said the council is concerned about the effect of the cuts on the development of talent, on creativity and on the range of cultural events and institutions.
Plans to house the national theatre museum in Amsterdam’s city hall have been scrapped and seven of the country’s 14 main orchestras will no longer get funding – including the Holland Symfonia which works closely with the National Ballet.
ArtZuid, Noorderlicht, the International Danstheater and Noord Nederlandse Dans are among the institutions which will have to find alternative sources of funding from next year.
National institutions
Several museums, including the Rijksmseum voor Oudheden and the Mauritshuis in The Hague had their funding cut by 11%.
The cuts were first announced last year, when junior minister Halbe Zijlstra presented a list of national institutions which he said would continue to get government funding from 2013. The cuts led the then-chairwoman of the arts council Els Swaab to resign.
Minister Zijlstra said in a reaction to the arts council recommendations that he would accept almost all of them.

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