• Update June 4: Terraces and stages open again from 1 June
Both the terraces and the stages will open again from 1 June. In theaters and concert halls, the door is initially left ajar. No more than 30 visitors are welcome. From July 1, the door will open further and a maximum of 100 visitors can attend a concert or theater performance, provided they sit 1.5 meters apart. As a result, only about 30% of the original number of visitors fits in a room.
It is still unclear which corona measures the government and RIVM will implement from 1 September when the new season starts. It seems that the 1.5 meter distance remains an imperative condition, both on stage and in the hall. This requires a major overhaul of the seasonal program and improvisation. A lot changes for the orchestras. The orchestral musicians have to perform in smaller ensembles. Nieuw Geneco is in discussion with various orchestras to brainstorm how Dutch composers can contribute to the challenges in this new musical life.
• Update May 28: Emergency Fund Music. On 1 May, BUMA / STEMRA together with Sena launched the Emergency Music Fund. Check https://www.noodfondsmuziek.nl for more information and here you can read the letter from BUMA / STEMRA.
• Update May 25: Cultural sector starts online demonstration “Culture in action!”
• Update April 21: Meanwhile, the temporary bridging scheme for self-employed entrepreneurs (TOZO) has been elaborated in a so-called “Order in Council” (AMvB). As a result, we can now provide a conclusive answer to a number of frequently asked questions.
Note: Always check the website of your own municipality for all relevant and most current information about the TOZO application options.
• Update as of April 24: Frontier workers and state pensioners added to TOZO scheme.
At the request of the House of Representatives, border workers and state pensioners will be entitled to the TOZO. Please note: in some cases it is only about applying for a business loan and not the living allowance. So read the reports from the national government carefully.
• Emergency fund BUMA / Sena / Spotify
• Tips & To Do’s
Keep track of your BUMA registrations now. Read our tips!
• Read the fire letters and more about the promotions here
• Read the article in Het Parool of 28 April 2020: who will save the composers?
• SENA starts production fund
As a result of all corona measures, New Geneco has taken action to make politicians and cultural organizations aware of the fact that this time cannot be bridged for many of its members. Some actions that have been taken can be found on this page:
The letters are all in Dutch and not easy to translate. But the resume is that Nieuw Geneco and othere organisations are very concerned about the future of composers and musicians.
What you can do yourself:
TIPS & TO DO’S
• Get your BUMA administration in order. Keep track of your performance lists and radio-television lists over the past few years, preferably in an excel-sheet. For the performance lists it is best to keep the following headings: composer’s name, working title, publisher, Buma work number, performers, city, venue, date. For the RTV list: name composer, work title, publisher, Buma work number, performers, venue, date.
• Keep track of loss and additional costs. Keep a record of cancellations (make screenshots of cancelled performances), new agreements – in any medium and extra costs (extra rehearsals, digital version).
• Apply for TOZO and TOGS even if you do not yet fit in. Apply for emergency support if you need it. Even if you don’t meet all the conditions. Please ask for legal advice if you fear it might affect your status.
• Mail your municipality if the Tozo procedure does not work. With this standard letter you can raise the alarm at your municipality if something is wrong with the TOZO procedure. Fill in / modify.
Temporary support (Tozo) for people with temporary resident permit:
People who have a resident permit to live in the Netherlands and meet the criteria of the Tozo scheme, are entitled to apply for financial support. City districts are not required to report people with temporary residence permits who apply for the Tozo to the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND). Applying for other forms of financial assistance can have an impact on residence status, both for people with a residence permit and for EU citizens. The IND will currently be lenient to people whose residence permits expire (and who are not applying for an extension) and for EU citizens who are temporarily unable to return to their home country due to the current situation.
Therefore, if you have a temporary Dutch resident permit, including one for self-employment, you can apply for Tozo support without worrying about negative consequences concerning your resident status.