Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Funding for Jazz: Metropole Orchestra and Dutch Jazz Archive in trouble

The Dutch government has proposed substantial cuts in cultural funding by 25 per cent and raising VAT on concert tickets from 6% to 19%. The lighthouse projects of Dutch culture such as the Concertgebouw Orchestra or the Dutch National Ballet will only suffer minor cuts, writes Tom Service in The Guardian, while other institutions will basically be threatened in their existence by the proposed cuts.

From the field of jazz Service names the Metropole Orchestra as a "probable loss", but the cuts may also affect the existence of the Dutch Music Center which includes the Dutch Jazz Archive, an invaluable source of information on the development of jazz in the Low Countries. The International Association of Music Information Centres has started a petition to save the Music center which can he signed on their website (IAMIC).

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