Buma ROCKS! Export Award
The Buma ROCKS! Export Award is an initiative of foundation Buma Cultuur and exists since 2014. The Award is handed out every year to the Dutch heavy music act that has been most successful abroad. From 2006 until 2014 this music prize was known as the Buma Export Award, and before that as the Conamus Exportprijs (since 1972). Within Temptation has won both those awards in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Frank Helmink, director of Buma Cultuur, called the band "a rock institute that has played an essential part in popularizing Dutch heavy music both at home and abroad." In the twenty years of their existence, the band has released a great number of singles, six studio albums and three dvd’s that sold over three and a half million copies in over fifty countries. They performed more than seven hundred times in dozens of countries - from Japan to Peru and from Canada to Dubai. The six-piece founded by singer Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt has reached high chart positions with a number of singles and studio albums and has become one of the most successful symphonic rock bands of its kind.