cultural funding

Roberto Cimetta Fund

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is an international non-profit organization set up and is run by renowned cultural professionals from various countries of the Euro-Arab zone in order to find a funding solution to the ever-increasing mobility and internationalization of artistic practice. It has provided mobility grants to almost 1300 artists and cultural operators and stands out as a key player and mediator on the questions of artistic mobility and cultural development in the Euro-Med zone. RCF’s expertise is aimed at directly benefiting local artists working at an international level as well as providing public institutions with opportunities to outsource cultural and artistic mobility strategies in a cost-effective way.

An impartial selection system focuses on the quality of the artistic initiative and the concrete local impact of the travel grant when the artist returns to his or her home country. RCF helps to build sustainable partnerships between international funders and also between artists and cultural operators. As such it contributes to building a framework for diplomacy of local governing bodies next to national diplomacies. The Fund builds up partnerships with foundations, ministries, local or regional governing bodies, European capitals of culture that wish to promote artistic works and productions and favour local development through a Fund capable of providing international expertise in cultural cooperation.

It’s role is also to identify funding and policy issues and advocate for the sector by involving policymakers and institutions. The RCF set up a consultative platform in May 2011 in Paris with 50 participants from 14 European, Arab and other Mediterranean countries and defined an action plan with 6 specific recommendations that was sent to members of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly, members of the European Parliament and the EU Commission executive teams.

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CubicMetre – Resources for Culture is a Bucharest-based NGO set up in 2012 with the aim of becoming a platform for meetings and debates and a pool of expertise for the professionals in the field of culture. It aims to explore, support and help develop the cultural sector through specialised studies and interdisciplinary projects and by creating concrete favourable contexts in which artists, cultural operators, researchers and authorities can meet and communicate.

It advocates professional cultural management and a democratic process of substantiating cultural policies and good governance at national level. CubicMetre also has an interest in researching and influencing the quality and processes of cultural governance at local, national and European levels. It has been a member of Culture Action Europe since August 2013.

In 2013 CubicMetre participated in “Cultural governance services – CULTEMA PROJECT,” which aims to increase the attractiveness of South East European regions by advocating for investments in cultural heritage as a factor of economic growth for local communities. It is also part of the European Cultural Parliament Youth Network in Romania and since September 2013 maintains a permanent column on cultural policy in “Dilema Veche,” one of the highest rated cultural magazines in Romania.

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Bård Kleppe

Bård Kleppe received an MA in Cultural Studies in 2007 and has been working as a researcher at the Telemark Research Institute since 2008. He is a PhD scholar at Telemark University College, where he is persuing his PhD topic entitled ‘International comparative analyses of the working conditions in the performing arts’.

Bård has been working with projects concerning arts in education, working conditions of performing artists, sponsoring of festivals and rural museums and also worked as a museum pedagogue at the Ryfylke Museum.

He has published several reports and articles in the field of cultural policy. He is also one of the Norwegian authors of the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe.

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Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) was founded in 1973 with the goal of offering the Turkish public opportunities to experience the finest examples of cultural and artistic production from around the world and to learn about new initiatives and movements. It also works on introducing the world to Turkey’s cultural and artistic assets and transforming Istanbul into a major international centre for culture and the arts. The Foundation is involved in organising festivals,  conserving traditional arts and cultural heritage, encouraging and facilitating artistic production in diverse disciplines, and contributing to the development of cultural policies.

The general objectives of the Foundation are:

  • to make Istanbul one of the world’s foremost capitals of culture and the arts;
  • to create continuous interaction between national and universal values and traditional and contemporary values via culture and the arts;
  • and to contribute actively to the development of cultural policies.

Within the field of cultural policy research, İKSV organises workshops, conferences, and symposia and prepares publications that accompany these activities with the aim of enriching the exchange of ideas about arts and culture, increasing the participation of artists and art enthusiasts in this dialogue, and contributing to the development of cultural policies. İKSV also conducts studies that will guide the development of cultural policies, in cooperation with a variety of institutions. İKSV collaborates with several organisations and networks that form the EU’s cultural policies and is also the head of the Turkish network of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation.

İKSV has been committed to bringing together different cultures and contributing to the creation of a platform for multicultural dialogue. In this respect it organises a series of international festivals in major European cities, beginning in 2004 with “Şimdi Now” in Berlin and continuing with “Şimdi Stuttgart” in 2005, “Turkey Now” in Amsterdam and Rotterdam in 2007 and 2008, Russia in 2008, and Vienna, Austria in 2009. The “Cultural Season of Turkey in France” activities held between 1 July 2009 and 31 March 2010 were also organised by İKSV, in collaboration with Culturesfrance. İKSV has been organising the Pavilion of Turkey at the Venice Biennale since 2007.

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Arts Council Norway

Arts Council Norway is the main governmental operator for the implementation of Norwegian cultural policy which functions as an advisory body to the central government and public sector on cultural affairs and is fully financed by the Ministry of Culture.

It was established in 1965 in order to administer the Norwegian Cultural Fund and is now in charge of a broad spectrum of administrative tasks and functions within the cultural field, including artists’ grants, the Audio and Visual Fund and a number of other funding schemes. As from 2011, Arts Council Norway also manages governmental initiatives in the museum and archive sectors, including all tasks previously performed by ABM-utvikling (the Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority).

In 2011 the total allocation from Arts Council Norway to the Norwegian cultural sector amounted to 150 million euros, providing funding for a variety of projects and activities within performing arts, visual arts, music, literature, archives, museums and more.

Arts Council Norway has a key role in the EEA Grants in the cultural field for the period 2009-2014. It is also the location of the Norwegian Cultural Contact Point for the EU Culture Programme and is involved in several other professional networks and projects at a European and international level.

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Culture Ireland

Culture Ireland promotes Irish arts worldwide by providing and supporting opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals and venues. It develops platforms to present Irish work to international audiences through showcases at key global arts events, including the Edinburgh Festivals, the Venice Biennales and special initiatives such as the Imagine Ireland initiative in the United States (2011) and Culture Connects, the Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland’s Presidency of the EU (2013). Its funding programmes include a regular grants round, showcases of Irish work at key arts markets, special initiatives and “See Here,” a scheme designed to support the inward travel of international presenters to see new Irish work which is ready for touring.

It offers financial support for Irish artists, arts organisations and cultural practitioners to:

  • present and promote their work at key international venues and festivals
  • develop new and diverse international audiences and markets
  • participate in international networking events

It support international showcases by:

  • presenting a range of artform showcases at key international arts markets
  • developing new platforms and building influence and opportunities for Irish artists at important arts industry events
  • working with artists and presenting partners to co-ordinate and promote Irish participation in key international cultural events

It supports the development of Ireland’s international cultural policy by:

  • advising the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and other government departments on arts and culture policy
  • building relationships and networks with arts and cultural organsiations, relevant public bodies, state agencies and government departments at home and abroad
  • working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to ensure that cultural affairs are effectively promoted whilst strengthening Ireland’s cultural networks abroad
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Nicholas Karachalis

Nicholas Karachalis works as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Planning and Regional Development of the University of Thessaly in Volos and as a lecturer at the post-graduate programme in Cultural Management at the Greek Open University. Since 2001 he has been active as an independent advisor and associate researcher at the Regional Development Institute of the Panteion University of Social and Political Science of Athens.

He holds a PhD in Economic and Regional Development (Panteion University of Social and Political Science of Athens), an MA in European Urban Cultures (joint programme by the Free University of Brussels, the University of Tilburg, the Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Arts and Design of Helsinki) and a BA in Urban and Regional Development (Panteion University of Social and Political Science of Athens).

In 2010 he completed his post-doctoral research in tourism impact measurement of urban festivals. He has a strong interest in analysing the trends and dynamics between culture, tourism and spatial development processes using an interdisciplinary approach and perspective (drawing on cultural economics, place marketing and branding, urban tourism, cultural planning, etc.).

He has collaborated in several research projects and studies related to regional and local development, marketing, cultural economics and tourism planning. Alongside academic research, he has worked as an advisor for public bodies (Municipalities, Regional Authorities, City Tourism Offices, etc.) on matters of policy, marketing, funding, tendering practices, entrepreneurship, change management, etc. He is fluent in Greek, English and Dutch.

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The nonprofit agency CUMEDIAE’s (Culture & Media Agency Europe) main goal is to support projects and activities with an international dimension which are linked to the arts and the creative economy. It is moved by the same the objectives as the 2005 UNESCO Convention on cultural diversity. On a belief that we live a moment of model change in the funding and management of culture and arts during which the contribution of creative industries to job creation and economic growth is being better understood. Technology and new media have created new connections between arts and culture and other players of social and economic life. CUMEDIAE and its network of professionals want to be at the center of these changes, and serve the needs deriving from them.

The agency provides the following services: international development of projects (support in the internationalization of projects or organizations, identification of, and negotiation with suitable partners abroad, representation or promotion mandates for projects and organizations, European project management, external administrative support to international activities and projects, reports and analysis, identification and coordination of experts), access to funding (draft projects’ analysis and research on public funding opportunities, technical support in European grants, call for tenders, assessment on sponsorship potentialities and strategy, advice to philanthropy and corporate social responsibility applied to arts and culture), working with the media (advice and strategy on communication and media, organization of conferences, seminars and other public events) and public policy advice.

CUMEDIAE is based in Brussels. However, it supports a large part of its international activity in a growing network of respected and experienced culture professionals, extended throughout Europe, working mostly on a project basis.

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Esa Rantanen

Esa Rantanen has been a Secretary General for the Arts Council of Finland (ACF) since 2008. ACF is an expert body on art, subordinated to the Ministry of Education and Culture. ACF administers the main state support for artists through 9 National Arts Councils and 13 Regional Arts Councils. Mr. Rantanen has been working at ACF for over 20 years, as a Secretary for several National Arts Councils (including Literature, Visual Arts, Design and Sub-Committee for Children’s Culture) and for several working groups concerning the rearrangement of the Finnish arts council system. His interests cover financing the arts and culture, arts and cultural policies, artists policy, policy and programms for arts councils and agencies, economic well-being of artists.

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