Kunstendecreet 2017 – 2021


Sometimes you hear people say  ‘early music’ or  ‘historical informed performance’ have become mainstream.
You can take your wish for reality, but the figures don’t lie …


Only seven orchestras or ensembles received a subvention. Collegium Vocale and Anima Eterna are obviously seen as the ‘crown jewels’ : they receive the biggest  amount among the ‘historical informed performance’ ensembles.

Huelgas ensemble exists for more than forty years and receives a small upgrade with 14 %, likewise Il Gardellino that exists since 1988 and got a first subvention in 2000, and got upgraded with 20 %.

Psallentes, founded in 2000, B’Rock founded in 2005, Graindelavoix founded somewhere at the beginning of the 21st century are  the young ones.  B’Rock got remunerated with an upgrade by 79 % !

Il Fondamento must do without subvention.  La Petite Bande for the first time didn’t receive a subvention in 2013, and now again is shabbily treated !

And am I wrong to say that it is nearly impossible to receive a subvention in Flanders and Wallonie at the same time, as Les Muffatti were trying ? Is it impossible to be a Belgian ensemble ?

Not to mention all the small and young ensembles that feel completely discouraged to even try to apply for a structural subvention.


All together, the amount made available for ‘historical informed performance’ –  ensembles is 2.913.500 EUR, while ‘De Filharmonie’ receives 7.894.000 EUR.  The Opera Ballet Vlaanderen has a budget of 23.848.000 EUR.

The  Opera brings for the season 2016-2017  ‘Die Zauberflöte’ by W.A. Mozart,  and  ‘Agrippina’ by  Haendel, but there is no clue for a historical informed performance.


My conclusion is this : ‘early music’  is not mainstream at all !


Axel De Schrijver


On Tableau Public you may find more interesting ways to look at the figures.

-> Tableau Public

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