Dutch music exports keep growing

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Dutch music exports in 2010 grew by 24 percent on the preceding year, totalling 81 million euros, according to figures released by the Buma Culture Foundation that supports and promotes Dutch music. 

It was the sixth year in a row that Dutch music exports grew. Over 450 Dutch groups performed abroad in 2010. Electronic music accounted for 64 percent of the exports, followed by popular and classical music, with André Rieu as its main exponent. Dutch rock, punk and metal groups came third.

Dutch dance music is considered among the world’s best, thanks to Tiësto, Armin van Buren en Afrojack. Much of the growth in demand for Dutch performers was in the United States.

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