Muziek Centrum Nederland

Music Center the Netherlands (MCN) is an organization that promotes and archives Dutch professional music. It aims to strengthens the position of Dutch music and music culture in the Netherlands and abroad. It organizes events and informative meetings, workshops, courses; publishes promotional CDs; and attends international music fairs and conventions. It is financially supported by the Dutch government.

Muziek Centrum Nederland
FormationJanuary 1, 2008 (2008-01-01)
PurposePromotion of Dutch music

The establishment of a national organization for Dutch music was a wish of the 2007 government,[1] and it led to MCN's establishment on 1 January 2008. The organization has its headquarters on the Rokin in Amsterdam. It is a merger of seven music institutes: Donemus (documentation center for classical music), Gaudeamus (center for contemporary music), De Kamervraag (center for classical music), Dutch Jazz Organisation, the Dutch Jazz Service, the Netherlands Jazz Archive, and the Dutch Rock and Pop Institute.[2]

One of the organization's on-line publications is the Muziekencyclopedie, an encyclopedia of Dutch bands and artists. In 2009, it helped establish an endowed chair for Jazz and Improvisational Music at the University of Amsterdam.[3]



  1. "Nederlandse muziekinstellingen fuseren". 12 December 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  2. "Muziek Centrum Nederland opent de deuren". Brabants Dagblad. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  3. Leur, Walter van de (2009). Jazz behind the Dikes: Vijfentachtig jaar schrijven over jazz in Nederland. Amsterdam University Press. p. 22. ISBN 978-90-5629-555-4.
  4. "Pop Media Prijs voor Jan van der Plas". Trouw. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
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