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Support for creative Europe - EUR 170m available

Posted by Nick Prag at 12 December 2013, 18:10 CET |
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Are you the creative sort? Are you maybe a film-maker, an author or an artist or actor, looking for funding to get your project off the ground. If you work in the creative industries, you will be interested to know that Creative Europe launched on 11 December.

Creative Europe is the European Union's new programme for the cultural and creative sectors which brings for the first time all EU cultural funding under the one umbrella, instead of Instead of the three programmes - MEDIA, MEDIA Mundus and Culture programmes - that previously catered for these areas. Funding has been increased by 9 per cent to a total of EUR 1.4 billion over the next seven years.

If you're ready to start preparing a grant application, you will find the first details of funding opportunities ('calls for proposals') here
There is a 'Creative Europe Programme Guide' to help you prepare your application, with a wealth of information about the funding process. Under the programme's first calls for 2014, nearly EUR 170 million in funding is being made available.

Cultural associations, festivals, theatres and film distributors etc. should start to get their applications in now, or use one of the national Creative Europe desks. Note that individuals cannot apply directly for grants, and they should apply to the above organisations.

EU programmes are about working with partners in other countries. Under the cultural funding, there is a focus on areas such as training or audience development. For instance, if you are looking to train your team to switch to digital technologies, or maybe interested in increasing your audience through marketing and circulation of work across borders.

Areas such as video games, film animations or translation of novels can get involved.

And under Creative Europe, any size of project from any cultural and creative sector has a chance, whether you are a two-man organisation or one with a thousand members.

The Commission expects the Creative Europe funding to enable around 250,000 artists and cultural professionals to reach new audiences abroad through transnational projects.

While the European film industry is expected to receive a large chunk of support, for 2,000 cinemas and hundreds of films. Authors and publishers will benefit on the translation side, and the EU will continue to provide funding for the European Capitals of Culture.

So if you are one of the members of Europe's cultural and creative sectors - representing up to 4.5 per cent of European GDP and accounting for some 3.8% of the EU workforce (8.5 million people) - you are urged to get involved without delay.

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Nick Prag

Nick Prag

Nick Prag is founder and managing editor of Prior to EUbusiness, he was senior editor at Europe Online SA in Luxembourg, where he played a major part in the launch of Europe Online International.