European Music Council
June 23, 2021
 
 
 
Creative Europe special
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The new Creative Europe calls for proposals are out!

The European Commission has published the first round of calls for proposals within the Creative Europe programme for European networks, cooperation projects, pan-European cultural entities and European platforms. The details of the calls for proposals are also laid out in the Annual Work Programme 2021. All calls for proposals and applications are processed in the Funding & Tenders portal of the EU.
 
Overall, the objectives of the new Creative Europe programme are to address the current challenges and topics such as climate change, gender equality, social cohesion and the recovery of COVID-19.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cooperation Projects
 
With a budget of over €60 million, this call will support projects involving a large diversity of players active in different cultural and creative sectors. The focus is on European artistic cooperation and innovation on topics such as audience engagement, social cohesion, digitisation, contribution to the European Green Deal and sector-specific challenges in the book, music, architecture and culture heritage sectors.
Applicants can choose between small (3 partners from 3 eligible countries, up to 200.00 Euros, max. 80% co-funding), medium (5 partners from 5 eligible countries, up to 1 mio. Euros, max. 70% co-funding) or large scale projects (10 partners from 10 eligible countries, up to 2 mio. Euros, max. 60% co-funding) depending on the size of their consortium.
Deadline 7 September 2021
Call for proposals: Cooperation projects
 
European Platforms for the promotion of emerging artists
 
This action will support projects that aim to increase the visibility and the circulation of European emerging artists and works outside their own borders, in Europe and beyond. It also seeks to increase access to and participation in cultural events and activities, as well as audience engagement and development. For the purpose of this action, projects shall establish Platforms that can be defined as showcase/springboard platforms composed of a coordinating entity and member organisations with a common artistic editorial and branding strategy.
Deadline: 29 September 2021
Call for proposals: European platforms
 
 
 
European Networks of Cultural and Creative Organisations
 
With a budget of €27million for the period 2021-2023, this call will support capacity-building projects implemented by representative, multi-country, membership-based networks of European cultural organisations. Up to 30 networks will be funded that must have a shared mission, governance rules, and members’ rights and obligations, as formally specified (in “statutes” or equivalent) and agreed upon by its members.
Deadline: 26 August 2021
Call for proposals: European networks
 
Pan-European cultural entities
 
This call will support cultural entities – in the case of this call, orchestras with artists from at least 20 countries – whose aim is to offer training, professionalisation and performance opportunities for young highly-talented artists.
Deadline: 26 August 2021
Call for proposals: Pan-European cultural entities
 
 
 
 
Info session on 24 June
 
 
 
 
 
The European Commission and the EACEA (Executive Agency for Culture, Education, Audiovisual) will host an info session on 24 June 2021 online (9:30-13:00 CEST, no prior registration necessary). For further questions about the calls for proposals, contact the Creative Europe Desk in your country.
 
 
 

About the new Creative Europe programme

With a budget of 2.2 billion EUR, Creative Europe 2021 - 2027 it is the biggest ever funding programme for the cultural and creative sector at EU level.
 
This budget will allow the continuation of successful funding schemes like the cooperation projects, European networks and platforms but also include new funding strands. This includes in particular a dedicated funding scheme for music, with a focus on contemporary and live music.
 
The future programme will give priority to the promotion of female talent and support to women’s artistic and professional careers. The new programme will also introduce as a key objective the promotion of access for and the participation of people with disabilities and marginalised groups in the cultural and creative sector. Climate change and contributing to the European Green Deal is also a cross-cutting priority of the new programme.
 
The new programme was launched in an online conference by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU from 17-18 June in Lisbon. The conference featured policy makers and stakeholders from the cultural sector addressing priorities of the new programme in panel discussions on music or mobility and sustainability.
 
 
 
 
 
Culture in Horizon Europe
 
 
 
 
 
Horizon Europe is the EU’s funding programme for research and innovation. The aim is to help accelerate the green and digital transitions and will contribute to sustainable recovery from the pandemic and to EU resilience against future crises. Under Pillar 2 of Horizon Europe, there is for the first time a dedicated envelope for culture, that is Cluster 2 ‘Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Societies’. It focuses on challenges related to democratic governance, cultural heritage and the creative economy, as well as social and economic transformations through culture.
 
The Work Programme 2021 - 2022 for "Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Societies" outlines the calls and topics that will be published in Horizon Europe. This includes topics such as "Cultural and creative industries as a driver of innovation and competitiveness" (2021) or "Towards a competitive, fair and sustainable European music ecosystem" (2022).
 
On 1 July (9.00-13.15 CEST, no prior registration), the European Commission organises an Info Day on Cluster 2 “Culture, Creativity & Inclusive Societies” online.
 
On 22 June, the Culture and Education Committee (CULT) of the European Parliament held a public hearing on the topic “Creative Europe and the cultural and creative sectors in Horizon Europe: how can synergies and potentials be maximized?”. The recording of the hearing can be watched here.
 
 
 
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