About DME


Dutch Music Export is an initiative by Fonds PodiumKunsten, Buma Cultuur and Stichting Popcoalitie, created with the core mission of highlighting and strengthening the international status of Dutch pop music around the world in substantial and measurable ways.

Dutch Music Export has a structured and sustainable plan of action in place that supports a productive group of internationally active and accomplished artists. DME works with DJs and rappers who operate across myriad genres and sub-genres, as well as pop music that is considered viable for both mainstream and niche markets.

It is therefore set up to promote the export of Dutch musical repertoire abroad, and to support and facilitate Dutch artists in pursuing a sustainable international career. Dutch Music Export does this by:

  • Organizing trade delegations abroad for Dutch music professionals, composers and musicians.
  • Offering financial support for travel and accommodation costs for artists when they are invited to play at a showcase event abroad.
  • Organizing extra showcases for Dutch artists during international showcase events.
  • Offering marketing subsidies for international releases by Dutch artists. 



Dutch Music Export operates under the auspices of Stichting Popcoalitie, an alliance that safeguards policy, professionalism and governance. Regulations, means of execution and related policies are evaluated annually. 

On this website, you can find all available info relating to the support of Dutch artists abroad, activities in the field of education, as well as the terms and conditions of the various export subsidies.