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Update on Creative Europe

Mid-January 2022, the European Commission has adopted the 2022 work programme of the Creative Europe funding programme. Relevant calls for proposals will be open with a budget of around €385 million (nearly €100 million more compared to 2021). Thereby, Creative Europe strengthens its support to creative and cultural sectors taking due account of the proprieties of sustainability and inclusion as well as the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the growing global competition.

Information about the Creative Europe programme have been presented in the September edition of the EUFUNDINGMAG.

The adoption of the 2022 work programme now allows to prepare and submit proposals matching the coming calls under Creative Europe.

Thierry Breton,  Commissioner for Internal Market said:

“In 2022, we will intensify our support to Europe’s cultural and creative sector heavily hit by the COVID-19 crisis, from cinemas to festivals. With our Creative Europe programme, we will mobilise unprecedented € 226 million for audiovisual and € 35 million for cross-sectoral cooperation, including the news media. Creative Europe will invest in innovation in digital technologies and new types of content, from high-end TV series to virtual reality. And as part of our efforts to protect media freedom in the EU, we will fund journalism partnerships, strengthen professional standards and promote media literacy.”


Public and private bodies active in the creative sectors can apply for funding along the following three strands.

The culture strand of the programme provides funding for the music, cultural heritage, performing arts and literature sectors. In addition, a mobility scheme, offering opportunities to artists, creators or cultural professionals to go abroad for professional development or international collaborations is being launched.

The MEDIA supports the development of innovative video games and virtual reality experiences. The initiative MEDIA 360 degrees will fund businesses across the audio-visual value chain. The Media Market Gateway will be launched for start-ups in the field. MEDIA-funded projects imply the requirement to implement strategies for greening and diversity, including gender balance.

In the framework of the cross-sectoral strand funding will be increased for the Creative Innovation Lab that supports joint-innovation projects involving several creative sectors, contributing also to the New European Bauhaus. It will also extend support to the news media to enhance media freedom.

Creative Europe further includes initiatives that involve the contribution to the EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life as well as the European Year of Youth.

It is encouraged to use CulturEU, the recently launched online guide to all EU funding available to the cultural sectors. It gathers a total of 75 funding opportunities from 21 different EU programmes, from Creative Europe and Horizon Europe to structural funds and InvestEU.

For further details on Creative Europe programme, please feel free to contact the EUFUNDINGHUB.

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