Brussels, 11 December 2013
Creative Europe funding guide published: €170 million available in 2014
Cultural and creative organisations wishing to bid for funding in 2014 through Creative Europe, the European Union's new programme for the cultural and creative sectors, can start to prepare their grant applications from today. They will find the first details of funding opportunities ('calls for proposals') here. To help prepare their application, the new Creative Europe Programme Guide contains a wealth of information about the funding process. Nearly €170 million in funding is available under the programme's first calls for 2014. Individuals cannot apply directly for grants; instead they should contact relevant organisations such as cultural associations, festivals, theatres and film distributors etc. which make the application, or their national Creative Europe desk.
"Over the next seven years, the Creative Europe programme will provide funding for transnational projects which will enable 250 000 artists and cultural professionals to reach new audiences abroad. It will also invest strongly in the European film industry, with support for 2 000 cinemas and hundreds of films. Authors and publishers will benefit from support for translation and we will continue to provide funding for the European Capitals of Culture and many other initiatives," said Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture Multilingualism and Youth.
Creative Europe, which will have a total budget of €1.46 billion1 over the next seven years – 9% more than current levels – will support artists, cultural professionals and cultural organisations in fields such as the performing arts, fine arts, publishing, film, TV, music, video games, interdisciplinary arts, heritage and video games to operate in other countries and develop the skills that are needed in the digital age. By increasing the visibility of European cultural works in other countries, it will also promote cultural and linguistic diversity.
In addition to Culture and MEDIA sub-programmes, Creative Europe will include a cross-sector strand to support policy cooperation, transversal measures and a new financial guarantee facility, which will enable small and medium sized enterprises in the cultural and creative sectors to access up to €750 million in bank loans. The facility will be operational from 2016.
It is estimated that Creative Europe programme will enable:
The European Capitals of Culture, the European Heritage Label, the European Heritage Days as well as 5 prizes in the field of culture and audiovisual are also supported through Creative Europe.
The new programme, which replaces the MEDIA, MEDIA Mundus and Culture programmes, will allocate 56% of its budget to the support of the cinema and audiovisual sector and 31% for culture.
The European cultural and creative sectors represent up to 4.5% of European GDP and account for some 3.8% of the EU workforce (8.5 million people).
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€1.46 billion taking account of estimated inflation. This is the equivalent of €1.3 billion in 'fixed' 2011 prices.