The South Netherlands Philharmonic has to cut back on educational music projects for children. According to the Brabant-Limburg orchestra, this measure has to be taken after a fixed cut from the province.
The province is cutting the orchestra’s yearly budget of EUR 2 million by half a million. According to the province, the South Netherlands Philharmonic, which has its head office in Eindhoven, has activities it can save this money on.
The orchestra does not agree with this and and says itis forced to cut back on a number of its core activities. These include introducing children to classical music. According to Philharmonic these initiatives make an important contribution towards developing children’s talents and their mental health.
“The provincial subsidy cut-back is a slap in the face”, says intendant, Stefan Rosu. “The Brabant Province has never had a orchestra that connects to the community in North Brabant is such diverse ways. Along with its traditional role as symphonic orchestra, we have assumed the responsibility of educator, innovator en talent developer. In addition, we contribute to the economy of the province. It is unacceptable that the province has withdrawn a quarter of its subsidy. The South Netherlands Philharmonic is very disappointed and call on the Provincial States to reconsider this decision.”