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A new Creative Europe programme for culture and media funding from 2014

November 10th, 2011 | Posted by admin in cultural policy | Europe | news - (Comments Off on A new Creative Europe programme for culture and media funding from 2014)

The proposed programme is an ambitious statement of faith in the creative and cultural sectors to stimulate growth and create jobs, particularly for young people:

“With a proposed budget of €1.8 billion for the period 2014-2020, it would be a much-needed boost for the cultural and creative industries, which are a major source of jobs and growth in Europe.

The new programme would allocate more than €900 million in support of the cinema and audiovisual sector (area covered by current MEDIA programme) and almost € 500 million for culture (presently covered by the Culture programme).

The Commission is also proposing to allocate more than €210 million for a new financial guarantee facility, which would enable cultural operators to access up to €1 billion in bank loans, and would provide around €60 million in support of trans-national policy cooperation and would also aim to foster innovative approaches to audience building and new business models.”

The proposal combines the previously separate MEDIA and Culture programmes (they remain separate strands)  and adds in the new guarantee mechanism, and aims to reach 100m. people.  EACEA will continue to manage the scheme.   The proposal is under discussion by the 27 member states, so here’s hoping that this farsighted approach will trigger fresh investment for our sector.

Creative Entrepreneurship Conference in Tallinn

October 21st, 2011 | Posted by admin in creative industries | cultural policy | Europe - (Comments Off on Creative Entrepreneurship Conference in Tallinn)

Andrew delivering a keynote at the Creative Entrepreneurship conference in Tallinn.  Around 230 delegates, mostly from Northern Europe, attended.  The conference was a positive exploration of new approaches to strategic development and investment in creative industries, with much attention given to the need for a new ‘coherent narrative’ for the sector.  The ‘can do’ Estonia was a great venue for this debate, not least because Ragar Sill, from their Ministry of Culture, is playing a leading role in shaping Europe’s approach to the creative industries.     The relationship between established cultural infrastructure and the emergent creative industries was a focus of Andrew’s presentation.  The critical mass of opportunities that creative professionals need to make their career exist across the cultural and creative industries sectors, and straddle a mixed economy of private, public and not for profit.  Our strategies are not yet refined enough to realise the potential of combining these different elements of our full creative economy.  The slides for the presentation (Backing into the Future: new routes in old settings) can be accessed at: www.creativeestonia.eu/materials/Andrew_Ormston.pdf.