Despite the recent drastic and depressing news about the art funding in the Netherlands, the music should always continue. June 18th is an important date for STEIM – it was 3 years ago on this day that you gathered to show support for this institution that was being threatened by funding cuts. This time, it is everyone who is jeopardized.
But let’s not have these irrational decisions halter what we do, instead let’s use it as a catalyst to strengthen our networks and deepen our artistic explorations. As much as we criticize the new policies, let’s explore new methods for a sustainable infrastructure that nourishes young talent and allows for experimentation.
The Netherlands has one of the most vibrant art and music scenes in the world, and it’s up to us to keep this going, not the politicians.