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EU Funding for the creative and cultural sector

On Wednesday 10 May 2017, Creative Scotland hosted an EU Funding Information Day at The Lighthouse in Glasgow with more than 50 attendees from the creative and cultural sectors. Kate Deans, Culture Sub-Programme Specialist at Creative Europe Desk UK - Scotland, introduces a summary of the day.

This event aimed to increasing knowledge and understanding of the EU funding programmes and opportunities most relevant to the creative and cultural sectors, address concerns following the EU referendum, and encourage organisations to further develop European and international partnerships, projects and activity

The day was split into a morning of short presentations of EU funding programmes and case studies of supported projects, followed by an afternoon of roundtables where attendees had a chance to pose questions to the speakers from the programmes most relevant to them.

Clive Gillman, Director of Creative Industries, opened the day, and we also heard from Graham Blythe from the European Commission Representation in Scotland. Both underlined that the UK, including Scotland, is still fully eligible to apply to the highlighted programmes and to be a partner in projects and that there will be no bias towards applications and projects involving UK partners.

You can catch up on some of the morning’s information by watching our archived live stream below, or read our summary (PDF) for creative and cultural organisations of each funding opportunity.

You can also view this video on Vimeo complete with links to individual sections.

Which EU funding programmes?

The funding programmes presented have opportunities open to cultural organisations and creative businesses:

Creative Europe is the EU’s funding programme which specifically targets the creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors, but there are other funding programmes that also hold opportunities for cross-border projects and activity.

Mobility, training and skills exchange is supported by Erasmus Plus, and citizen dialogue and activity by Europe for Citizens. Projects supported by Horizon 2020 and Interreg bring innovative thinking and approaches to a variety of current issues and themes. Enterprise Europe Network is a B2B network running across over 40 countries.

EU Funding Day

Collaboration across borders – large and small

We also heard from professionals with direct experience running European projects and activity ranging across the creative sectors:

Creative Europe, MEDIA

Rebecca Day from the Scottish Documentary Institute discussed bringing international documentaries to Scottish audiences through Moving Docs and their partnership with the European Documentary Network. See the Moving Docs case study presentation (PDF) and more examples of Creative Europe projects.

Creative Europe, Culture

Andy Brydon from Curated Place talked about ‘taking the plunge’ as a small organisation, and how it has led their international work to grow further, leading two Creative Europe Cooperation Projects (Moving Classics & ENLIGHT), hosting international residencies and showcasing new international work in unusual public spaces in Manchester, Aberdeen, Hull and more. See the Curated Place case study presentation (PDF) and more examples of Creative Europe projects.

Erasmus Plus

Peter Hussey from Crooked House / Kildare Youth Theatre in Ireland showed us the importance of creating new opportunities for young people to travel, experience other cultures and engage with performing arts in new ways, and has engaged with a range of Erasmus opportunities from bilateral visits (Indigo) to larger exchanges involving 6 other countries (Generator). See the Indigo case study presentation (PDF) and more case studies of Erasmus projects.

Interreg Europe

Diane Milne from Dundee City Council discussed being a partner in InCompass, a knowledge exchange and collaboration with 10 other countries around creative incubator spaces, and how their networks have led to other European collaborations such as the Creative Europe supported project SYMBOLS, involving Dundee & Angus College. See the InCompass case study presentation (PDF).

Horizon 2020

Svetlana Kondakova from Black Cube Collective spoke about acting as an advocate and connector for artists arts & technology projects, ICT & Art Connect and CrE-AM, under the programme previous to Horizon 2020, FP7 (the Seventh Framework Programme), and the challenges of negotiating partnerships with larger research institutions and seeking equal footing as a small arts collective. See the Horizon 2020 case study presentation (PDF) and more examples of projects funded by Horizon 2020.

What next?

Our summary for the creative and cultural sector of the EU funding programmes (PDF) has information and links tailored to each programme and answers the following questions:

  • What news and reassurance is there following the EU referendum?
  • How do I find partners?
  • Where can I find project examples, and who in Scotland has been involved in projects?
  • Where can I go for more information, advice and support?

Thanks once again to all the speakers and attendees who took part in the event. Creative Scotland are exploring the possibility of holding another event like this in the Autumn, and will announce this through our newsletter and on the Opportunities site.

This article was published on 31 May 2017