Professional associations

There are several organisations for people working in theatre and dance. They can serve you in protecting your interests and giving advice on matters relating to professional matters as finance, technical matters, tax and legal advice.

Representative bodies in the Netherlands

ACT
Is the association looking after the interests of anyone calling him/her self an Actor. 

Artiesten Belangen Centrum (ABC)
Is a branche organisation for independent artists and musicians. 

Kunstenbond works for employees, freelancers, small independents, starters and those who have resigned or retired. The union keeps track of social developments, exerts influence on policy problems and takes care of collective lobbying (such as CAOs).

Lichtontwerp Nederland
The association of lighting designers.

NBDO Dansbelang (Dutch Professional Dancers Association)
Its foremost concern is to further the interests of dancers in the broadest possible perspective. 

Nederlandse Associatie voor de Podiumkunsten (NAPK)
A network organisation representing orchestras, dance and theatre companies. It contributes to the visibility, positioning, good employership and cultural entrepeneurship in the performing arts in the Netherlands.

Platform Scenography
The association of scenographers.

Platform Theaterauteurs
An independent platform for writers in the Netherlands. 

Retraining Program for Dancers(ODN)
Most dancers feel the need to end their dance career around the age of 35. The ODN enables participating dancers to make a new start by supplying a (temporarily) supplement to the new income, a contribution to study expenses or compensation for interest rates incurred by starting a business or other career related investments.

Samen1Stem
A professional association for freelancers who work with their voice. 

Vereniging van Schouwburg en Concertzaal Directies (VSCD)
An umbrella organization for theatre and concert halls.

Vereniging voor Dansonderzoek (VDO) (Dance Research Association)
An organization for the advancement of academic dance research. 

Vereniging voor Podiumtechnologie
The organization for those who work behind the scenes in the theatre and event sector. The organization conducts research, promotes the transfer of knowledge and provides a networking platform and have a special workgroup for young professionals.

International organisations

Acteursgilde (BelgiĆ«) promotes the interests of Belgian actors

DutchCulture is the Dutch center for international cooperation in the cultural and creative sector. 

Cultuurloket gives advice to individuals and organisations in the Belgian cultual sector. 

STEPP is the Belgian focal point for the producing, designing, and technical forces of the broader cultural sector.

OISTAT is a global network for scenographers, theatre architects, theatre educators and theatre technicians.