International network
for contemporary
performing arts

Réseau international
pour les arts du spectacle

Rete internazionale
per le arti performative


Internationales Netzwerk
für zeitgenössische
darstellende Künste

Международная сеть современного 

Red internacional
para las artes escénicas

Internationaal netwerk
voor hedendaagse

თანამედროვე საშემსრულებლო
საერთაშორისო ქსელი

Rede internacional
para as artes performativas

الشبكة الدولية
لفنون الأداء

í sviðslistum

Xarxa internacional
d'arts escèniques

Rhwydwaith rhyngwladol
ar gyfer celfyddydau
perfformio cyfoes

Rrjeti ndërkombëtar
për artet skenike

Διεθνές δίκτυο
για σύγχρονες
παραστατικές τέχνες

Međunarodna mreža 
za savremene 
scenske umjetnosti

Mezinárodní síť 
pro současné 
divadelní umění

International netværk
for kontemporær

Internasionale netwerk
vir kontemporêre
uitvoerende kunste

თანამედროვე საშემსრულებლო
საერთაშორისო ქსელი

Nemzetközi hálózat
a kortárs


líonra idirnáisiúnta
na taibhealaíona

Starptautiskais tīkls
skatuves mākslai

Netwerk internazzjonali
għall-arti performattivi

Międzynarodowa sieć
na rzecz współczesnych sztuk

Internationellt nätverk
för samtida

Međunarodna mreža
savremenih izvođačkih

Международна мрежа
за съвременни
сценични изкуства

Rrjet ndërkombëtar
për arte skenike

Міжнародная сетка
перфарматыўных мастацтваў

Međunarodna mreža
za suvremene
izvedbene umjetnosti


kaasaegsete etenduskunstide

현대 공연 예술을 위한 국제 네트워크

Tarptautinis tinklas
scenos menai

Интернационална мрежа
за современа
изведувачка уметност

شبکۀ بین المللی
برای هنرهای نمایشی معاصر

Rețeaua internațională
pentru artele spectacolului

Medzinárodná sieť
pre súčasné
scénické umenie

gösteri sanatları için
uluslararası iletişim ağı

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Creative Europe 2021-2027: what's new?

In late May 2021, the Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 was adopted and released, and the first call will be out in the first weeks of June. The total budget of the new Programme is € 2.44 billion, which is a 50% increase compared to its predecessor programme (2014-2020).

What’s new?

Money distribution

Just as its predecessor, the new programme will be divided into three strands, with a slight difference in how the budget is divided between them: Culture: 33% (31 % in the predecessor programme); MEDIA: 58% (56% in 2014-2021); and the Cross-sectoral strand with 9%, which is a drop from 13%. The Cross-sectoral strand will no longer finance the Guarantee Facility (which is now part of the Invest EU programme), but it will cover quite a few new actions.

Guiding values

Some of the changes and novelties in the freshly released programme stem from the shift in the EU’s overall guiding priorities. The new Creative Europe programme no longer has to be aligned with the “Europe 2020 Strategy - A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”, which had a prevailing economic approach. Creative Europe 2021-2027 is oriented towards the European Green Deal and the New Agenda for Culture 2018, among others. The focus on “growth and job”, “business models” and “turning innovative ideas into products and services” shifted towards greening, gender equality, social inclusion and stronger international dimension. Moreover, the Programme is expected "to address the structural challenges of Europe’s cultural and creative sectors, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic".

The new programme recognises, more explicitly, the multiplicity of values of culture: “Culture, arts, cultural heritage and cultural diversity are of great value to European society from a cultural, educational, democratic, environmental, social, human rights and economic point of view and should be promoted and supported.” In line with the enhanced social dimension of the programme, the Regulation establishing Creative Europe 2021-2027 highlights the power of culture to enhance social cohesion, social integration and intercultural dialogue.

This shift in priorities can be seen at different levels, from objectives of the programme to its evaluation indicators. As the Regulation states, “the Programme objectives shall be pursued in a way that encourages inclusion, equality, diversity and participation.” As for the indicators, the new Regulation requires to report on “the number of projects supported by the Programme addressed to socially marginalised groups.”

Sectoral priorities

Beyond the regular horizontal actions (cooperation projects, networks, platforms), Creative Europe will support a few sectoral initiatives. The Programme's Culture strand pays more distinct attention to the music sector, building up on the legacy of Music Moves Europe. Music is part of the new Programme's sectoral actions, together with the book and publishing sector, architecture and cultural heritage. The Regulation also leaves space to “other sectors …, where specific needs are identified”, which most likely means that in the period between 2021 and 2027 the group of priority sectors can be enlarged. 

Support to media and journalism

Freedom of expression and artistic freedom gained more importance within the new Programme. Support to the media freedom articulated in a more concrete shape than the freedom of artisitc expression. The Cross-sectoral strand "will promote a free, diverse and pluralistic media environment, encouraging crossovers and cross-cutting activities supporting the news media sector." Moreover, the Programme will support new media professionals and promote media literacy to foster the development of critical thinking among citizens.

Support to smaller players and individual professionals 

The Programme pays attention to better supporting small and micro- organisations, by achieving substantial simplification of bureaucratic procedures, mostly in the application stage, and, for small-scale projects, by allowing higher co-financing rates. Three type of projects will be introduced (instead of smaller and larger projects only, as it was in 2014-2021):

  • Category 1 - Small scale projects: minimum 3 entities from 3 different eligible countries (80% co-financing rate)
  • Category 2 - Medium scale projects: minimum 5 entities from 5 different eligible countries (70 % co-financing rate)
  • Category 3 - Large scale projects: minimum 10 entities from 10 different eligible countries (60 % co-financing rate).

Creative Europe will also continue supporting individual mobility of artists and cultural professionals (building up on the legacy of i-Portunus).

Introduction of the Seal of Excellence 

The new Regulation states: “It should be possible to award quality proposals for actions that are eligible under the Programme but cannot be financed under it due to budgetary constraints with a Seal of Excellence label, based on a specific set of criteria. The Seal of Excellence label recognises the quality of the proposal and simplifies the search for alternative funding under the European Regional Development Fund or the European Social Fund Plus.”