playing the cathedral

After 5 years of restoration, the world-famous city organ of the Oude Kerk is ready to be played in May. Philip Glass officially inaugurate this so-called Vater-Müller organ on 11 May 2019. Composer and musician Nicolás Jaar recently created a new composition using both organs of the Oude Kerk. During the benefit dinner Playing The Cathedral, both greats perform in music to raise money for a new music fund for the Oude Kerk.

benefit dinner
On the occasion of the opening of the organ and the performance of the first composition, a historic benefit dinner will take place on 11 May 2019. The proceeds from this dinner go to a new fund that offers young, talented musicians the opportunity to make new work with the organ, the special acoustics, other instruments and sound sources from the Oude Kerk. The result is a new concert series, that gives the Oude Kerk the opportunity to play again an important role as a music stage. The scores for the new compositions will become part of the Oude Kerk collection and will be echoed worldwide.

spatial music
Already in the 16th century spatial music sounded in the Oude Kerk. It was Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Netherlands’ greatest classical composer, who started the first public concert series in Northern Europe. The concerts are one-off experiences, not reproducible, just like the exhibitions in the Oude Kerk. The call for more music in the Oude Kerk already sounded long before the restoration of the Vater-Müller organ. With the completion of this immense restoration, it is time to realize that ambition. A new music fund is created by means of a benefit dinner, which guarantees music in the Oude Kerk for the next 5 years. Unique to this musical future is the use of the space and architecture of the Oude Kerk. This again gives content to spatial music.

By reserving a table you contribute to the future of music in the Oude Kerk, and you also make the concert possible on 12 May. You can find all relevant information on Tables can seat 8 people and come in three types: € 5,000 (individuals *), € 10,000 (companies), € 20,000 (sponsors).

* participate via an annuity donation
You can (as a donation) pay a fixed amount of € 1,000 per year as a periodic payment to the Oude Kerk for five years. The annual installments are, without threshold or maximum, fully deductible from income tax. You pay a total amount of € 5,000, of which € 1,000 cannot be deducted from your income due to the compensation you receive.

How it works:

  • We fill in a periodic donation form through the tax authorities that you sign.
  • The compulsory donation applies for a period of five calendar years.
  • The annual amount is transferred every year, in agreed installments, and is debited from your account by direct debit.
  • The example below is based on box 1 income from a donor who ends up in the highest tax bracket.

Public Benefit Organisation (PBO)

Maximum deduction





Tax brackets

Deduction –
tax declaration IB

Net donation


€ 1.000,00

€ 200,00



€ 517,50

€ 482,50


€ 1.000,00

€ 200,00


€ 390,00

€ 610,00


€ 1.000,00

€ 200,00


€ 366,00

€ 634,00


€ 1.000,00

€ 200,00


€ 342,00

€ 658,00


€ 1.000,00

€ 200,00


€ 318,00

€ 682,00

€ 5.000,00

€ 1.000,00

€ 1.933,50

€ 3.066,50

In summary, you pay a gross annual amount of € 1,000 for five years (€ 83 per month). Your total contribution is therefore € 5,000. € 1,000 of the total amount of € 5,000 functions as compensation and is therefore not deductible. Due to the donation deduction, in the above example, after tax deduction, you paid € 3,066.50 (net).

These tax benefits apply to 2019. From 2020, different rules may apply. The government has announced new plans. It is still unclear whether these are actually being implemented. Nevertheless, in the above calculation example we took the possible adverse consequences of these changes into account. This way it can only be better than expected.