Netherland’s to axe the radio (the live type)

October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

“News just in from Holland that could be an omen for the UK after the comprehensive spending slash in a couple of weeks. The Dutch government has proposed that the Muziekcentrum van de Omroep in Hilversum – better known as the Netherlands Broadcasting Music Centre – be closed down. If the Dutch parliament passes the motion, it would mean the closure of a symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, the world’s largest pop and jazz orchestra and a library.”

Much like the American Conservative’s stump speech about health care ruining the budgets of Europe, now with Holland’s recent proposal we can add the arts to the problem. In many speeches, papers, research, etc. American arts advocates have proclaimed that if Europe can fund the Arts by the state than so can we. Apparently that is a dying thought. With this possible motion being passed we may be seeing the beginning of a bleak future for the state supported arts in Europe.

The most interesting piece of this article is its lack of sight towards the future. Will the common man rally to save the Arts, or will they let it perish if this motion passes?



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