Increased Creative Europe budget in 2022 to support cultural and creative sectors

Image: European Commission
Image: European Commission

Thursday 13 January 2022, the European Commission has adopted the 2022 work programme of Creative Europe. With a budget of around €385 million, nearly €100 million more compared to 2021, Creative Europe strengthens its support to creative and cultural partners taking due account of the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the growing global competition.

Creative Europe has three strands:

  • The Culture strand covers all areas of the cultural and creative sectors except the audio-visual and news media sectors;
  • The MEDIA strand provides support for the audio-visual and film sectors, and;
  • The Cross-sectoral strand provides opportunities for cross-sectoral collaboration.

Some of the actions covered by the Culture strand in 2022 are:

  • European cooperation projects: Calls under the flagship action European cooperation projects will be launched in February 2022 and target all cultural and creative sectors to foster transnational cooperation, exchanges of practices, joint production and innovation.
  • Performing arts and cultural heritage: In the second half of 2022, 3 new calls will be published to support the music sector through Music Moves Europe, the performing arts sector through the Perform Europe initiative and cultural heritage through quality support to the European Heritage label action.
  • Prizes and initiatives: In 2022, the Culture strand of Creative Europe continues to support the organisation of four yearly European EU Prizes in the fields of literature, music, architecture and cultural heritage, in the form of grants, as well as the European Capitals of Culture initiative. Emphasis is given to knowledge-sharing, networking and promotion opportunities for winners.

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, said: “Cultural and creative sectors are the soul of European society. We know how resilient the creative and cultural sectors have been in these past two years. In 2022, Creative Europe will benefit from its biggest budget ever. The EU stands by their side to support their recovery, their creative process and their innovation potential. We invite artists, creators and culture professionals to explore and benefit from the many funding opportunities provided by Creative Europe.”

Sources: European Commission’s press release and news article.

For more information, download the 2022 Annual Work Programme for the implementation of the Creative Europe Programme and visit the Creative Europe website.