Royal Society for Music History of The Netherlands

Jan Pieter Heije Prize

Jan Pieter Heije (1809-1876) was a seminal figure in Dutch cultural life of the nineteenth century. Working in daily life as a doctor of medicine, throughout his career he labored passionately for the cultural and intellectual recognition of music and poetry in his native land. Among his many activities, he was a board member of the renowned Maatschappij tot Bevordering der Toonkunst (Society for the Advancement of Music). As such, he became the driving force behind the founding of the Vereeniging voor (Noord-)Nederlandsche Muziekgeschiedenis (Society for Music History of The [Northern] Low Countries) in 1868, the current KVNM. In 1996 the Maatschappij tot Bevordering der Toonkunst and the KVNM jointly instituted the Jan Pieter Heije Prize to honor his memory and to recognize and promote outstanding musicological research in or about The Netherlands and the Low Countries, conducted by a scholar at the beginning of their career.


The KVNM invites researchers who received their PhD degrees between 2019 and 2024 to send in their dissertation in order to compete for the Jan Pieter Heije Prize. The jury consists of a panel of internationally renowned musicologists and music researchers. The winner will be able to present their research at the award ceremony at the annual KVNM members meeting. 


In order to be eligible for the J. P. Heije Prize, the following documents have to be sent to in PDF/A format.


  1. A cover letter with contact information
  2. A short summary of the dissertation (max. one page)
  3. A copy of the dissertation
  4. A letter of the relevant institution to confirm the graduation date (unless this is evident from point 3)