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Annual Report

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  • Please describe your organization’s activities over the past year, including concerts, commissions, collaborations, publications: 

    Nieuw Geneco is the Dutch professional association for composers. Nieuw Geneco stimulates the development and the future of composing, improves the economic and sociocultural climate for composers and is a source of knowledge and inspiration for composers, music professionals and the public.

    Dutch Composers Association Nieuw Geneco acts as the Netherlands ISCM Section. Many international activities have taken place in 2018, such as the annual composers and network meeting at the international forum Classical NEXT in may, composers meeting at festival November Music.
    We look back on a dynamic and exciting year. Congratulations to Calliope Tsoupaki, who has been appointed National Laureat Composer for the next two years. Tribute also for Jacob de Haan who won both the Buma Classical Award and the Buma Award for wind music 2018. We are delighted with the news that Joël Bons has won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Musical Composition; also known as the Nobel Prize for music.
    But that is not all. There seems to be a cautious change in the years of defeat in the cultural sector. It has already been announced that more money will come for culture. Moreover, it is clear in the last cultural debate in the Lower House that politicians also hesitantly embraced the concept of "Fair Practice". After strong lobby of Nieuw Geneco and our collaborative partners, this is an important break through. At the end of 2018, after many discussions, we reached an agreement with the Fonds voor Podium Kunst (the Dutch Arts Council) in which the income of the composer for commissions is guaranteed.

    Fairer earnings for artists and composers is on the agenda. Minister of Culture Van Engelshoven wants to give priority to improving the position of makers, something that Niuew Geneco has been committed to for years. The government sees a role for itself in the field of training and the further development of award guidelines and supports the introduction of the labour market agenda. In addition, there is an additional 5 million for the Impuls music education subsidy scheme. There will also be extra money for the cultural funds for innovation and talent development. Nieuw Geneco is closely involved in the further development of the labor market agenda and is an active member of various steering groups on Fair Practice in music.

    It was a troubled year with Buma (the rights organization), but with the change of management and a new governance structure, things are expected to improve. With this, attention can also be traced back to the issues that really matter to members: namely ensuring optimum collection from music users and fair payments to composers. However, the fair remuneration for makers of serious music has come under increasing pressure in recent years, with the abolition of the 50/50% scheme for distribution of the collected money from Theatres and Concert Halls and the restriction of the number of categories that are eligible for the Serious Surcharge. A bright point and hopefully a sign of change to come is the success in making the harmony / fanfare category eligible for the supplement again. This sets a precedent for other categories, including choral music.

    Classical NEXT Rotterdam
    Chamber Music Day Utrecht
    InJazz Rotterdam
    ISCM world Music Days Beiijng
    Going Dutch in Huddersfield

    Key questions in 2018 were: How do you get a reasonable income from composing? What is fair practice? What do the structural changes at Buma mean for us? What can we do with the music sector recommendation and the minister's vision letter?

    This year, too, we were warmly welcomed by various music friends, to hold our General Assembly, member meetings and networking drinks, and to attend the concert programme with composers. I remember the Tristan Keuris Competition in Amersfoort, Codarts Rotterdam, the Conservatorium Amsterdam and the Cello Biennale Amsterdam, November Music Den Bosch. The cordial receptions are important expressions of appreciation for our work, and also necessary favours when organising annual meetings and encounters with high visibility and festive momentum within a tight association budget.

  • Please describe your organization's research activities over the past year: 
    Key questions in 2018 were: How do you get a reasonable income from composing? What is fair practice? What do the structural changes at Buma mean for us? What can we do with the music sector recommendation and the minister's vision letter?


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