Apart from the organisations that receive direct state funding via the national basic infrastructure (BIS, see chapter 1.1), the Performing Arts Fund NL decides which performing arts organisations will receive subsidy from the central government. The fund has a budget of EUR 62 million and provides multi-annual funding to 84 cultural organisations since 2017. Applicants are judged on the following criteria: artistic quality, entrepreneurship, diversity and geographical spread. A fifth criterion applies to festivals and competitions, which is a contribution to the development of the performing arts. The maintenance and management of theatre, music and opera buildings is the responsibility of the local government.
To stimulate the participation and attendance of the youth in classical forms of the performing arts, several initiatives have been introduced, for example talent-developing programmes. The Performing Arts Fund NL and the Creative Industries Fund NL will manage these programmes for pop-music in particular. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science also focuses on the development of co-productions in the sector of performing arts. Festivals, music- and theatre venues are able to receive additional subsidy from the government if they collaborate with other subsidised institutions. The Ministry aims to reach broader local audiences with this project.