Transna­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties within the cul­tural and creative sec­tor

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Kurt Cor­tis MEUSAC ex­ec­u­tive PN can­di­date

This trans­lates into more than 10,000 jobs in Malta and roughly six bil­lion at EU level. Given the ever in­creas­ing growth rate as well as the fact that this sec­tor is pre­dom­i­nantly made up of small and medium-sized en­ter­prises (SMEs), the EU recog­nises the need to in­vest fur­ther in this in­dus­try to help pre­serve the cul­tural her­itage whilst in­creas­ing the cir­cu­la­tion of creative works in­side and out­side the EU.

Creative Europe is an EU fund­ing pro­gramme aimed at in­creas­ing dis­tri­bu­tion, co­op­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment in the au­dio­vi­sual and cul­tural sec­tors. It is di­vided into two sub-pro­grammes, namely me­dia and cul­ture. The me­dia sub-pro­gramme strives to in­crease sup­port to a sec­tor which is con­tin­u­ously be­ing trans­formed with the rise of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy. Creative Europe aims to sup­port projects that are able to gen­er­ate con­crete im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing sup­port­ing in­di­vid­ual work, ini­tia­tives that pro­mote new skills and in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in the sec­tor.

The cul­ture sub-pro­gramme aims to pro­tect the Euro­pean cul­tural her­itage from hu­man and en­vi­ron­men­tal threats. It pro­motes the cul­tural and creative in­dus­tries by fa­cil­i­tat­ing var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to tap into a mar­ket which, for years, has been un­der­val­ued and hardly recog­nised. Specif­i­cally, this in­volves the con­tri­bu­tion of di­rect fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal sup­port in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate cul­tural and creative or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als to op­er­ate in­ter­na­tion­ally and pro­mote cross-border cir­cu­la­tion of works of cul­ture.

One of the op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­vided by Creative Europe is the call for Euro­pean Co­op­er­a­tion projects tar­get­ing ac­tive cul­tural and creative or­gan­i­sa­tions with the aim of im­prov­ing ac­cess to Euro­pean cul­ture and creative works and to pro­mote innovation and cre­ativ­ity. Through this call, or­gan­i­sa­tions op­er­at­ing in the cul­tural and creative sec­tor are able to pro­mote, ex­pand and en­hance their work, by de­vel­op­ing new skills and com­pe­tences through col­lab­o­ra­tion with other cul­tural and creative or­gan­i­sa­tions on an in­ter­na­tional level.

The Creative Europe pro­gramme iden­ti­fies five pri­or­i­ties un­der which Euro­pean Co­op­er­a­tion projects may be funded: Transna­tional Mo­bil­ity, Au­di­ence De­vel­op­ment, Digi­ti­sa­tion, New Busi­ness Mod­els and Train­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion. Po­ten­tial projects may ad­dress a min­i­mum of one and a max­i­mum of three pri­or­i­ties.

A po­ten­tial project may in­clude the ex­change of artists and pro­fes­sion­als as well as creative works. The aim is that of di­rectly en­gag­ing peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties in ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, en­joy­ing and valu­ing arts and cul­ture. Train­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion can be in­cluded to of­fer the par­tic­i­pants the op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire new skills and im­prove their em­ploy­a­bil­ity, ad­dress­ing is­sues such as the dig­i­tal shift within the in­dus­try by en­cour­ag­ing the use of dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies from pro­duc­tion to dis­tri­bu­tion or by sim­ply en­hanc­ing busi­ness skills in or­der to bet­ter un­der­stand the ev­er­chang­ing eco­nomic con­text.

Co­op­er­a­tion projects are split into two cat­e­gories to fa­cil­i­tate the dif­fer­ent scale, ob­jec­tives and pri­or­i­ties of the project. Cat­e­gory I caters for small scale projects that must in­volve a min­i­mum of two partners. An ap­pli­ca­tion un­der this cat­e­gory may re­quest an EU grant of no more than €200,000. A max­i­mum of 60% of the project bud­get is cov­ered.

Cat­e­gory II caters for large scale projects and may re­ceive up to €2 mil­lion in EU funds, rep­re­sent­ing a max­i­mum 50% of the el­i­gi­ble project bud­get. Large scale projects en­tail a min­i­mum re­quire­ment of five partners. The max­i­mum du­ra­tion for both small and large scale projects is four years.

Calls for Co­op­er­a­tion projects are pub­lished bi-an­nu­ally, tar­get­ing all cul­tural and creative op­er­a­tors which have been es­tab­lished and ac­tively pro­mot­ing cul­tural or creative works for at least two years.

For more in­for­ma­tion about this fund­ing pro­gramme and other fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, con­tact MEUSAC on 2200 3300 or fund­ing.meusac@gov.mt.

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