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Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Commission’s flagship programme to support the culture and audiovisual sectors. With a budget of € 2.44 billion the Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 invests in actions that promote cultural diversity and responds to the needs and challenges of the cultural and creative sectors across Europe.

The programme has a strong emphasis on transnational creation and innovation as well as on supporting EU-level cooperation to make the European audiovisual sector more globally competitive. Furthermore, Creative Europe includes a mobility scheme for artists and professionals and supports actions that target the needs of specific creative sectors, such as music, architecture, cultural heritage, books and publishing.

The main objectives of the programme are to:
safeguard, develop and promote transnational European cultural and linguistic diversity and heritage;
increase the competitiveness and economic potential of the cultural and creative sectors, in particular the audiovisual sector.

The novelties of the programme will contribute to the recovery of these sectors, reinforcing their efforts to become more inclusive, more digital and more environmentally sustainable.

The Creative Europe programme is divided in 3 strands:

   1. Culture sub-programme

Initiatives enhancing artistic and cultural cooperation at European level, such as those promoting cross-border cooperation, platforms, networking, and literary translation.

   2. MEDIA sub-programme

Actions encouraging the competitiveness, innovation and sustainability of the European audiovisual sector including initiatives, such as those promoting the development, distribution, or access to audiovisual works.

   3. Cross-sector programme

A cross-sectoral strand, promoting innovative actions and collaborations across the audiovisual and cultural sectors including a Guarantee Facility and transnational policy cooperation.

The Creative Europe programme is open to cultural and creative organisations from EU Member States as well as non-EU countries. Subject to certain conditions, countries of the European Economic Area, candidate/potential candidate countries and European Neighbourhood Policy countries can also participate in the programme.

Find more information about funding opportunities, eligible countries and respective funding application guidelines here.

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