via Tom of Music Thing
"Steim - the Dutch folks who make the Cracklebox and lots more besides - need folks to send emails to the Dutch government, to prove that making electronic music isn't just of interest to a 'niche audience'"
"Things are not well at STEIM. We are in the danger of losing our structural funding from the government, based on a review from the advisor board which called us 'closed and only appealing to a niche audience'. The outlook isn't exactly bleak, but at the moment our future is unclear."
Click here to help. I did. There is an electronic form you can fill out if you do not have time to actually mail a letter. It took me 5 minutes. Here's what I wrote if it helps:
"Hi, I run http://matrixsynth.blogspot.com/. My site and my reader base consists of musicians, technology professionals, artists and more. Since I started the site in 2005 I have had over four million page views. I receive over 10,000 page views a day. These are actual people, not web bots. I have featured numerous posts on the Cracklebox and DIY projects. My reader base and myself value what Stein offers to the community. Many professional developers and electrical engineers are greatly influenced by the DIY community. In a sense it is where interest and careers are built in exploring various technologies and techniques. STEIM nourishes this either directly via the projects they work on or indirectly via the exposure of their projects on sites similar to mine. Young potential engineers may take their first steps after finding interest in what groups like STEIM have to offer. It has come to my attention that STEIM is in danger of losing their structural funding. Please do not let this happen."
Thanks to Tom of Music Thing for the heads up.