It's chop-chop for the Dutch – 22% arts cuts
September 17, 2010 by Norman Lebrecht
The performing arts in the Neth erlands are reeling from government plans to cut more than one-fifth of arts subsidies, with the brunt falling on the country’s excellent orchestras. Total savings estimated are 220 million Euros.
As many as 280 to 300 musicians’ jobs may go, affecting such international ensembles as the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Residentie orchestra of The Hague to the point where their survival might be at stake. Tough times ahead for Yannick-Nézét-Séguin and Neeme Järvi.
The effect on the Concertgebouw orchestra is not yet known but the hall’s artistic director Anneke Hogensteijn has recently resigned.
In an unconected move, Dutch Radio has announced cutbacks in live classical concerts, shifting the relays to unsocial hours.
Here’s a couple of articles (in Dutch)
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