The Culture strand, with 33% of the overall budget, covers all cultural and creative sectors, without the audio-visual and film sectors

Horizontal actions covering all cultural and creative sectors: support to cultural cooperation projects, networks of professional organisations, platforms for the promotion of European artists and works, individual mobility scheme.

Sector-specific support to complement horizontal actions in music, book & publishing, cultural heritage and architecture as well as other sectors.

Special actions to reward and promote excellence and creativity such as the awards for literature, music, architecture and cultural heritage, European Capitals of Culture, and the European Heritage Label.

Main novelties of the Culture strand
2021-2027

  • Stronger emphasis on European transnational creation, circulation of works, and innovation in the culture and creative sectors
  • Easier access to Creative Europe funding through higher co-financing rates
  • A tailor-made mobility scheme for artists and professionals
  • Actions targeting sector-specific needs in music, literature, architecture, cultural heritage, design, fashion and cultural tourism
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Cooperation across borders

The Cooperation projects scheme is the key pillar of the Culture strand with 70% of the overall Culture budget.

Its main objectives are innovation and transnational creation & circulation, targeting the following priorities:

  • audience development and engagement
  • social inclusion
  • environment & sustainability
  • new technology
  • international dimension
  • sector-specific priorities

There are three categories of Cooperation projects:

SMALL SCALE:
min. 3 entities from 3 different countries | max. 80% co-funding & max.
200 000 €.

MEDIUM SCALE:
min. 5 entities from 5 different countries | max. 70% co-funding & max.
1 000 000 €.

LARGE SCALE:
min. 10 entities from 10 different countries | max. 60% co-funding & max.
2 000 000 €.

Cooperation projects calls are launched yearly throughout the whole programme period.

European networks to connect organisations across Europe

Networks are a great instrument for reinforcing the cultural and creative sectors. Networks funded by Creative Europe provide value in the following ways:

  • connecting professional organisations throughout Europe and beyond
  • collecting and disseminating data, information, practices, ideas, and solutions
  • providing training and advice to professionals
  • representing the sectors and advocating on their behalf on key sectoral issues

This action supports projects implemented by highly representative, multi-country, membership-based networks of European cultural organisations, which cover a wide range of Creative Europe participating countries. The next call will cover a 4-year period from 2024-2027 and should be published in 2023.

For the network projects running in 2021-2023, the max. grant amount has been 825 000 € and the max. funding rate 80%.

Platforms to showcase European talent

The European platforms scheme was introduced at the beginning of the previous programme to help cultural operators increase the visibility, programming and promotion of European emerging artists and works in Europe and beyond.

The European platforms projects supports organisations to:

  • showcase and promote European creators and artists, especially emerging talent, through genuine Europe-wide programming
  • collaborate to help professionals to develop their skills, internationalise their careers and contribute to the competitiveness of the European culture and creative sectors.

The next call will cover a 4-year period from 2024-2027 and should be published in 2023.

For the platform projects running in 2021-2023, the max. grant amount has been 2 100 000 € and the max. funding rate 80%.

Circulation of European literary works

This scheme supports projects that will translate, publish, distribute and promote works of fiction, while building partnerships. In addition to this import strategy, proposals can also include business-to-business “export” activities to help foster the sales of translation rights in Europe and beyond.

Projects should contribute to the following objectives:

  • strengthening the transnational circulation and diversity of European literary works in particular by encouraging translations from lesser used languages into English, German, French, Spanish (Castilian) and Italian
  • reaching new audiences for European literary works in the EU and beyond
  • strengthening the competitiveness of the book sector by encouraging cooperation within the book value chain

The call for Circulation of European literary works is published yearly throughout the whole programme period.
The max. funding rate is 60%; there are three different scales of projects following the number of books to be translated and promoted by the project:

  • SMALL SCALE: up to 10 different books, max. grant amount:
    100 000 €.
  • MEDIUM SCALE: up to 20 different books, max. grant amount:
    200 000 €.
  • LARGE SCALE: at least 21 different books, max. grant amount:
    300 000 €.

A tailor-made mobility scheme

Launched in 2018 as an experimental action, the i-Portunus scheme will be expanded in the new Creative Europe programme 2021-2027. The aim of this mobility grant is to help the individual artists and cultural professionals to develop international collaborations and co-productions, thus contributing to both their professional development and the internationalisation of their careers.

The first regular calls are expected for 2022.

Other initiatives, prizes and labels

Beyond the regular calls for funding, Creative Europe includes additional opportunities, as well as prizes and labels:

  • Music Moves Europe Talent Awards, EU prize for popular and contemporary music
  • European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards for best practices related to heritage conservation, management, research, education and communication
  • European Union Prize for Literature
  • Mies van der Rohe Awards, EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture
  • European Capitals of Culture
  • European Heritage Label, attributed to cultural sites with a symbolic European value
  • The pan-European cultural entities call (2021) is supporting orchestras whose aim is to offer training, professionalisation and performance opportunities for young, highly talented artists.