About us

The Dutch Masters Foundation is a London based charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (no 1140360) and a company limited by guarantee without a share capital (no 07469528) founded in 2011 to support the advancement of the arts in the Netherlands, and throughout the world, by encouraging excellence and growth in the sector.

This support is made possible by a community of philanthropic individuals and businesses who share a passion for the Arts, a love of Dutch culture and are committed to ensuring it can thrive into the future.

The trustees have decided that the primary initial focus is to support the artistic endeavours of three of the Netherlands’ leading cultural organisations – Nederlands Dans Theater, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis.

We’re delighted that, since 2011, we have been able to support important initiatives at each of the three institutions.

Thanks to the generous contributions of our donors as well as financial support for several of our events from external sponsors, the Trustees have been able to award grants for 2015 to the three Masters of £85,000 each Dutch Master, more than 50% up from the £56,250 in 2014 and nearly double the £45,000 awarded in 2013. The cumulative amount of grants awarded by the Foundation over its first five years has thus reached £226,250 each Dutch Master, or £678,750 in total.

The Foundation is funding three key projects with grants approved in 2015, in each of the three Masters:

•             The Nederlands Dans Theater Talent Development Programme aimed at identifying and developing young dance talent through education programmes for primary schools, children and their families.

•             The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy, a scheme that offers gifted young musicians of all backgrounds and nationalities the opportunity to take part in the RCO’s training programme.

•             At the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, support for the major exhibition opening in September 2016, Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer where a number of Dutch Genre paintings from the British Royal Collection will be shown after their very successful exhibition in the autumn and winter of 2015-2016 at the Queen’s Gallery in London.

Download our annual report to learn about our organisation and our financial performance:

To support the Dutch Masters Foundation, click here

To learn more about the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, click here

To learn more about the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, click here

To learn more about Nederlands Dans Theater, click here