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about Componisten 96

Componisten 96 is an association of composers for composers. The most important
purpose of the organisation is the preservation and advancement of professional composing in the Netherlands. This goal is maintained by staying in contact with a number of Dutch governmental organisations which are important for composers of new music, such as Donemus, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Gaudeamus Foundation and Buma/Stemra. The board strives to continually and conscientiously monitor the state of affairs in the Dutch music world by following politics in the area of culture on a local and national level.

Componisten 96 holds a general members meeting in the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ bi-annually in which members can exchange ideas about the most urgent issues
concerning composed music. The members are also informed of the latest developments in the new subsidy structure and the new music world in the Netherlands through a quarterly newsletter.

"Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house. Slowly you see more details of the house; the colour of the slates and bricks, the shape of the windows. The notes are the bricks and mortar of the house." (Benjamin Britten)

The history of Componisten 96 began when a group of forty composers felt the strong need to found an interest group specifically for Dutch composers of new music. Since its inception in 1996, the association has earnestly concerned itself with important issues, such as;

the subsidized art policies of the government, the merger of Donemus and Gaudeamus with the collective Jazz foundations and De Kamervraag, preserving and improving the subsidies for composers, enlarging the proportion of contemporary music performed by Dutch ensembles and orchestras, underlining the importance of the publication of Dutch music and enlarging the measure in which these works reach the general public, promoting and preserving the level of awareness of the public of the invaluable importance of art and, thus, of new music.