EU Increases Budget to Support Creative and Cultural Sectors

EU Increases Budget to Support Creative and Cultural Sectors

Details of the EU Commission’s new budget for the creative and cultural sectors has been revealed today with an increase of nearly €100 million compared to 2021. The 2022 budget, totalling approximately €385 million, sees Creative Europe strengthen its support to creative and cultural partners mindful of the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and growing global competition. Following adoption of the work programme of Creative Europe, a call for proposals will commence.

The cultural and creative sectors contribute 4.2% of the EU’s total GDP and 3.7% of the EU’s workforce.

The total budget available for Creative Europe from 2021 to 2027 amounts to around €2.4 billion, an increase of 63% compared with 2014 to 2020.

Public and private bodies active in the creative sectors can apply for funding with the help of the Creative Europe Desks, based in all EU Member States and third countries associated to the programme.

The programme comprises of two strands. The Culture strand covers all areas of the cultural and creative sectors with the exception of the audio-visual and news media sectors which are covered by the MEDIA strand.

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, said, “Cultural and creative sectors are the soul of European society. We know how resilient the creative and cultural sectors have been in these past two years. In 2022, Creative Europe will benefit from its biggest budget ever. The EU stands by their side to support their recovery, their creative process and their innovation potential. We invite artists, creators and culture professionals to explore and benefit from the many funding opportunities provided by Creative Europe.”

The culture strand of the programme will include new calls and initiatives for the music, cultural heritage, performing arts and literature sectors. In addition, it will launch a mobility scheme, offering opportunities to artists, creators or cultural professionals to go abroad for professional development or for international collaborations, and to find new audiences, co-produce, co-create or present their work.

Creative Europe will also address key issues affecting the cultural and creative sectors. MEDIA funded projects will be required to implement strategies for greening and diversity, including gender balance. Creative Europe will therefore contribute significantly to the political priorities of the Commission on sustainability and inclusion. The programme will include initiatives that cover additional EU priorities, such as the contribution to the EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life – as well as the European Year of Youth.

Details on the specific actions and related application deadlines are available on the dedicated website.

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Antoinette Tyrrell is a writer and journalist who started her career in print and broadcast journalism in Ireland. An English and History graduate of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, she worked for 11 years in corporate public relations for Irish Government bodies in the Foreign Direct Investment and Energy sectors.

She is the founder of GoWrite, a business writing and public relations consultancy. Her work has appeared in a range of national and international media and trade publications. She is also a traditionally published novelist of commercial fiction.

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