A survey commissioned by Buma Cultuur, a foundation dedicated to the promotion and support of Dutch music copyright, shows the export of Dutch music has risen by 15% in 2008, compared to a year earlier.

In 2008, Dutch music export had a value of €50.2 million ($67.1 million). This amount adds up income from copyrights and neighbouring rights (29.1%), exploitation of recordings by Dutch artists abroad (17.5%) and live performances by Dutch artists outside their home country (53.4%).

These figures indicate a shift from recordings to live performances, according to research bureau Perfect & More.

Dutch artists are specifically successful in three genres: classical music (André Rieu), dance (Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and others) and rock (Epica, Within Temptation, Antillectual, amongst others).

André Rieu had continued success in 2008 with strong sales in Australia. Armin van Buuren and Tiësto, the No. 1 and No. 2 DJs in the world respectively according to DJMag, broadened their success as well, playing in stadiums and arenas. Gothic metal band Epica played over 90 shows outside the Netherlands in 2008.

Germany is still the most important country as far as revenues from Dutch music export is concerned, with a share of over 22% of total income. Belgium is second in line at 17%, followed by France and Britain.