Bequeating to Early Music

You may prefer not to think about what will happen when you cease to exist. And yet when you die, a great many things will need to be arranged. These include your estate: what do you leave, and to whom? Of course you want to provide well for your next of kin. But perhaps you would also like to support the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht. This is an excellent way of safeguarding the future of early music.


Testamentary disposition

You can name the Stichting Vrienden Oude Muziek (SVOM) in your will as either sole or joint heir. Depending on the other heirs’ share, we will then receive a portion of your net estate (the total minus any debts, legacies and costs incurred in settling the estate). The size of the donation depends on how large your estate is, and on the number of joint heirs and the proportion in which they inherit from you. (You are not obliged to name all the heirs in equal measure).


You can also arrange your donation by means of a bequest. This entails leaving a fixed portion of your estate to the SVOM. This can take the form of a sum of money, particular objects, such as furniture, instruments or jewellery, or property. You can include more than one bequest in your will. It is important to note that the heirs are obliged to pay out a bequest. The value of the bequest is deducted from the estate before the latter is divided among the other heirs.



You can earmark your donation for a specific purpose. Maybe it’s important to you that your donation goes towards the performance of specific repertoire, or musicological research, or fostering young talent. There are many available options for a tailor-made donation. If you have a specific wish, do please contact us. We will ensure that your wish is carried out to the best of our ability.

Inheritance tax

The SVOM is designated a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), and is therefore not required to pay inheritance tax. This means that your entire donation is devoted to your chosen cause.

The procedure in three steps

If you plan to include the Stichting Vrienden Oude Muziek in your will, it helps to go through the following steps:

  1. Define your wishes. What would I like to leave to the early music cause? And what is the best way to achieve that? It may also help to create an inheritance dossier in which you appoint an executor, for example. NB. this is not the same as a will.
  2. Discuss your wishes with a notary. It is advisable to consult a notary, particularly if the procedure is unclear to you. A notary can inform you of the possibilities and the costs. If you wish, we can put you in touch with Hermans & Schuttevaer Notarissen N.V. Utrecht, with whom we regularly co-operate.
  3. Sign the will at the notary’s office. Having discussed all the options with you, the notary will draw up a draft will. If you’re in agreement with it, you will sign it in the presence of the notary, who will then have it registered in the national register of wills.

If you decide you wish to include the Early Music Friends Association in your will, or are considering doing so, we are happy to discuss it with you personally. We can help you arrange your estate, and can put you in touch with a notary.

We are grateful to you

We are delighted with any and every donation, whether large or small, because each one helps to secure the future of early music. So to you we say an emphatic ‘thank you!’

For more information about bequests, please contact Wilmer de Jong via or +31 30 232 90 10 (Mon-Fri, 10-16).

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