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EU Commission to implement a new €21 million mobility scheme for artists and cultural professionals

Photo credit: Culture Europe moves - European UnionThe EU Commission has signed an agreement with Goethe-Institut – a German linguistic organisation promoting the German language and culture all over the world – to implement a new scheme for artists and cultural professionals under the new “Culture Moves Europe” action.

Content of the agreement

With a budget of 21 million euros over the next three years, the new settlement will allow around 7.000 artists, creators and cultural professionals to:

  • go abroad for international collaborations or professional development
  • present their works to new audiences
  • co-produce and co-create

A new permanent action under the Creative Europe's Culture strand 

“Culture moves Europe” will become a permanent action under the Creative Europe programme, a European Commission's flagship programme provided with a budget of 2.44 billion euros for the period 2021-2027 and aimed at supporting cultural and creative organisations based in the EU Member States, as well as non-EU countries. It is divided into three other strands: the Culture strand, Media strand and Cross-sectoral strand. While the Culture strand encourages the cooperation among cultural organisations and artists within Europe and beyond, the Media strand supports the European film and audio-visual industries to develop and distribute, taking into account today’s digital environment. Finally, the Cross-sectoral strand aims at reinforcing collaboration between different cultural and creative sectors, to help them address the common challenges they face and find innovative new solutions.

A follow-up to the I-Portunus project

“Culture moves Europe” follows the I-Portunus pilot project that took place between 2018 and 2022 - a scheme funded by the European Commission which supports mobility for artists and creators mobility. It has been providing funding to individuals to go abroad for short-term periods (7-60 days) with a maximum amount of 3.000 euros via 2 types of applications: the ones submitted by individuals artist or cultural professionals and the others coming from hosts or hosting organisations.
The agreement with Goethe-Institut, which is built on the recommendations stemming from the I-Portunus project, will offer grants to artists, cultural operators and host organisation coming from the countries participating in the Creative Europe programme but also from all the sectors covered by the Culture strand, namely architecture, design, music and literature. The first calls are expected in autumn 2022.

The new agreement, which is built on the recommendations stemming from the I-Portunus project, will offer grants to artist, cultural operators and host organisation from the countries participating in the Creative Europe programme but also from all the sectors covered by the Culture strand, namely architecture, design, music and literature. The first calls are expected in autumn 2022.