About DME

Dutch Music Export is an initiative by Fonds PodiumKunsten, Buma Cultuur and Stichting Popcoalitie, created with the core mission of highlighting and strengthening the international status of Dutch pop music around the world in substantial and measurable ways.

Dutch Music Export has a structured and sustainable plan of action in place that supports internationally active and accomplished Dutch artists, songwriters, producers and DJs who are considered viable for both mainstream and niche markets within pop-, dance-, alternative-, HipHop/R&B- and rock-genres.

Strengthening the international position of Dutch pop music within the global music sector can be seen as direct market expansion, increase in professionalism by Dutch artists and their teams, increase in professional cooperations, more annual turn-over of the artists and increasing quality of Dutch pop music in the important focus-markets.

Dutch Music Export’s activities and regulations comprise of:

  • Providing information and education for Dutch artists, music professionals and music companies;
  • A marketing regulation with marketing budgets for international releases by Dutch pop artists;
  • Showcase support regulation, providing financial support for Dutch artists playing International showcase events;
  • A ‘Structural Support Regulation’ for 2-year periods. More information about this regulation follows later this year;
  • Intervision sessions in which the participating acts and their representation exchange knowledge and experience, and where parties advise and support each other;
  • Continuous close cooperation with the Dutch embassy’s and consulates abroad, with regard to the exchange of international knowledge and network;
  • Collective promotion of Dutch artists at leading international music conventions and showcase festivals;
  • Collective promotion through the use of the ‘Visitors Regulations’, whereby foreign professionals are invited to share knowledge, expertise and network during Dutch showcase festivals, conferences and education sessions;
  • The realisation of a dance-depot aimed at removing financial barriers to enable creative international collaborations, leading to the flow/development of new young dance talent. More information about this regulation will follow later this year.

Find an overview of DME regulations here.