Theo Verbey Foundation

Theo Verbey

A well-loved composer and friend

Theo Verbey (1959-2019) was a leading and celebrated Dutch composer, music theoretician, husband, friend, uncle and more. He was warm, funny and respectful. He was also a beloved teacher who left a great impression on his students with his broad and deep knowledge of the art of instrumentation, as well as with his immaculate arrangements and orchestrations. Theo helped to improve working conditions for musicians, conservatory teachers and composers, and was unwavering in his support for culture in the Netherlands. He taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague for 35 years, and was also on the faculty at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. His compositions have been performed by renowned orchestras, ensembles, and soloists, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

The foundation

Honoring an
important legacy

This non-profit foundation was established in September of 2020, and honors Theo’s artistic legacy by serving as a platform to preserve and distribute his work. By building a network of people who were connected with Theo, we hope to create a space in which people who knew Theo and loved his music can feel at home.

We preserve Theo Verbey’s works

We collect, organize, preserve, make accessible and help publish Theo’s teaching materials, scores and performance recordings. We have also consulted with specialized institutions in the Netherlands and abroad to professionalize our activities in areas such as archiving, preservation, management and providing access. Here, our core activity is the creation of a complete list of compositional works. Once complete, we will then create a list of Theo’s music didactic and theoretical works. If funds allow, we also aspire to commission a collection of essays about Theo’s work, including memories of what he was like as a composer and teacher, and an explanation of his position in Dutch and international musical life.

We bring Theo Verbey’s works to the public

We bring Theo Verbey’s published and unpublished works to the attention of performing musicians and ensembles, teachers, researchers, publishers and the media. We consider these activities to be a permanent part of the foundation’s activities, carried out at every possible opportunity through its extensive network. We will also create a newsletter with information about performances, new publications, studies and the foundation’s activities.

We are a non-profit organization

Our foundation is a non-profit organization. We therefore obtain all of our funding from grants, donations, gifts, inheritances, bequests, and so on. The foundation’s board is made up of people whose lives were touched by Theo, and consists of the following people as of September 8, 2020: Jan-Willem Mantel (Chair), Eileen Stevens (Secretary), Ivo Schipper (Treasurer), Mark van Dongen, Casper Donker, Sebastiaan Kemner, and Hanna Matthijsse. Our board members receive no remuneration, and all funds received go directly to fulfilling the foundation’s objectives.

Would you like discover more about the Theo Verbey Foundation?
Please contact us at

Full Name: Stichting Theo Verbey Foundation

  • Short name: Theo Verbey Foundation
  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Postal address: Linnaeusdwarsstraat 22, 1098 BB, Amsterdam
  • RSIN: 861608434
  • ANBI registration: Registered as a ‘Culturele ANBI’ since 8 September 2020

Donations can be made directly to:
Stichting Theo Verbey Foundation,
Account number NL62INGB0006198271

The text of the Articles of Association of the Theo Verbey Foundation (in Dutch) can be found here. In accordance with the Articles, the Theo Verbey Foundation is a non-profit organization. All donations will directly benefit the foundation’s activities. The full English translation of the Theo Verbey Foundation’s aims, plans and budget will be published soon on this website.


The costs of the foundation’s activities will be covered by grants and other contributions, such as gifts, inheritances and bequests. For the period up to 2021, income will mainly consist of donations, and probably also to a significant extent thereafter. Separate project budgets will be drawn up for individual projects, and plans for additional fundraising will also be drawn up if necessary. Based on the donations expected up to the end of 2021, we foresee the following income and expenditure.

We are just starting our activities, so a number of budgeted expenses are based on estimates. The budgeted donations are partly certain, and partly estimates. If the budgeted surplus is actually realized by the end of 2021, it will be spent in 2022 on the continuation of activities as described in the present plan, in accordance with the aim of the foundation. Every six months we will use this website to bring the budget in line with actual income and expenditures and adjust expectations until the end of 2021. The 2020-2021 annual report (in Dutch) can be found here.

Activities and expenditures up to inception, September 8, 2020

The foundation was established very recently, on September 8, 2020. Until that time, activities of (candidate) board members partly involved the preparation of the foundation, and partly the objectives of the foundation: organization, management and access to works, providing explanations and documentation, raising the visibility of Theo’s works, etc. There is already a largely complete draft list of works, and criteria have been drawn up for what a managing institution must meet. Foundation costs will in due course be borne by the foundation itself, for which a budget has been reserved.

Board members, functions and remuneration

As of September 8, 2020, the following were appointed as board members: Mark van Dongen, Casper Donker, Sebastiaan Kemner, Jan-Willem Mantel (Chair), Hanna Matthijsse, Eileen Stevens (Secretary), Ivo Schipper (Treasurer). The articles of association of the Theo Verbey Foundation stipulate the following about the remuneration policy (article 7, paragraph 5): No remuneration can be awarded to directors. Costs are reimbursed to the directors on presentation of supporting documents. All received funds directly benefit the objectives of the foundation.

Registered status and taxes

In the Netherlands, the Theo Verbey Foundation is registered as a Culturele ANBI, or Dutch Public Benefit Organisation. This means that gifts and donations to the foundation are tax deductible for Dutch donors. Donors from abroad are advised to contact their local tax authorities for advice regarding possible tax relief.