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Netherlands/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.1 Overview of strategies, programmes and direct or indirect forms of support

Cultural entrepreneurship

Dutch cultural policy stimulates artists and other creative workers through various forms of support. Central government funds a number of cultural institutions listed in the Basic National Infrastructure, or BIS [Basis Infrastructuur] (see chapter 7 for the full list). The BIS also supports six sectoral public cultural funds, which channel grants to a wider range of institutions, artist, creative workers etc. (see chapter 8.1.2 for an overview). Due to the budget cuts, both the six funds and the BIS itself now have fewer financial resources from which to award grants. Since public budgets will not increase in the coming years, the government is stimulating artists and cultural institutes to generate funds themselves. The Rutte I Cabinet (2010-2012) initiated the Cultural Entrepreneurship Programme (2012-2016). The organisation Culture-Entrepreneurship[Cultuur-Ondernemen] develops programmes and training courses to stimulate the entrepreneurship of cultural organisations and artists (see chapter 4.2.9; click here for the English website).

Chapter published: 19-03-2017

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