Dutch music exports rise to €171 million, led by live shows

Martin Garrix in action. Photo:

Dutch music industry exports doubled last year after two years of coronavirus to reach €171 million, according to figures from music rights organisation BumaStemra, quoted by NOS and

Most of the money was earned from performances abroad by musicians based in the Netherlands, which generated €125 million. Nevertheless, the figures are still well below the €214 million earned by the Dutch music industry abroad in 2019, as coronavirus continued to impact on live shows in Asia.

Dutch dance music accounted for 87% of the money earned abroad from performances, led by Martin Garrix with 104 shows, Tiësto with 102 and Joris Voorn with 90, reported.

But Dutch hits from years gone by continue to generate significant cash, BumaStemra said. Boom Boom Boom Boom!! from the Vengaboys, Radar Love by Golden Earring, Little Green Bag from the George Baker Selection and Shocking Blue’s Venus were among the golden oldie money spinners, NOS said.

Piano brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen topped the Buma Stemra list of popular classic artists, followed by Herman van Veen and orchestra leader André Rieu, NOS said.

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