grant for composition or libretto commission

The Fund can award grants to commission a composition or a libretto. The goal of these grants is to promote the quality and diversity of the Dutch performing arts and to reach relevant audiences.
The Fund can grant support for composition or libretto commissions that contribute to the composition climate in the Netherlands. Therefore, foreign organisations can apply for support as well. This will be the case for foreign organisations that want to commission a Dutch composer or librettist. This is relevant when a commission can contribute to building an audience for the composer or librettist in question.

Commissions from foreign organisations will be considered within their specific foreign context. A key factor for consideration will specifically be the value the commission will have for the composer or librettist in question. Why has the foreign commissioner chosen a Dutch composer or librettist? Will the commissioned piece become a staple in the organisation’s repertoire? What does this mean for future concerts? How likely is it that other organisations at home and abroad will perform the composition? Will the commission contribute to further foreign interest in the composer or librettist?


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Who is eligible for a grant?

An organisation that wishes to commission a composition or libretto from a specific composer can apply for a composition or libretto commission grant.

Assessment criteria

  • Applications are assessed with reference to the following criteria:
  • motivation of the choice of composer for this commission
  • public reach
  • significance of the result of the activities for the performing arts in the Netherlands.

How and when to apply for this grant

Applications for composition or libretto grants are processed in two rounds per year. You can submit an application for three works a year at most.

To submit your grant application, you need a password (login code). If you already have a password, you can log in via My Fund/Mijn Fonds. If you don't have a password yet, you can request one here. The creation of a password can take several days.

Resubmissions no longer possible, assessment of draft applications remains

From 2021, it is no longer possible to resubmit a renewed version of a rejected application. The strong increase in the number of applications that were resubmitted meant a drop in the number of applications that could be honoured directly the first time. However, you can present your draft application to our grant consultants before you submit it. We can then advise you about the application that you intend to submit. We can assess draft applications until three weeks before the deadline. Would you like to make use of this option? Then email the draft application to

Available amounts

For the composition or libretto commission programme, the total amount available per round is 237,500 euros.

Grant information

Detailed information about the grant conditions and assessment criteria for the composition or libretto commission is provided in paragraph 3 of the composition and libretto grant on The grant and guidelines are explained below.

Honorarium table

The guidelines for honorariums for composition commissions are provided on this page (in Dutch).


Any questions? Please contact us via
+31 (0)70-7072700 and ask for one of these persons:
Anjali Goeptar
Anjali Goeptar
Administration Officer
Devika Arjun
Devika Arjun
Grant Consultant
Ron Ford
Ron Ford
Secretary for Composition
Leo Dijsselbloem
Leo Dijsselbloem
Grant Consultant