Rita Gerlach-March is a freelance editor, lecturer, researcher and a consultant. In July 2008, she finished her doctoral thesis as a part of the Centre for British Studies at Berlin’s Humboldt-University research project “Culture and Commerce” on ”Funding Quality Theatre in Germany and the UK”. Afterwards, Rita was Head of Marketing at Schwerin’s State Theatre from 2008-2010. She also worked as a Guest Lecturer on Arts Funding at Europe-University Viadrina in Frankfurt/ Oder, Germany, from 2007-2008 and part time as Press and Public Relations Manager at IGAFA (Joint Initiative of Non-University Research Institutions in Adlershof) from September 2010 – June 2011. Rita co-taught a seminar on “DIY-culture” for Humboldt’s European Ethnology Institute (winter term 2010/11) and taught a seminar on “UK arts policy and funding” at Viadrina in the summer of 2011. In 2012 she became a co-editor of the British Theatre-issue of the German-English journal “Hard Times”.
Rita graduated in 2000 in International Business and Cultural Studies at the University of Passau and has worked in Moscow, London and Paris. She also published two books, a text book on Arts Funding and her PhD thesis.Tags: arts and cultural policies, Arts Policies, economy of culture, funding, Germany, theatre policy
Tsveta Andreeva is a policy maker, academic and policy advisor, currently working at the European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam. Her fields of expertise are: cultural and creative industries, cultural diversity and globalisation, financing the arts and culture, impacts of the arts and culture, and cultural policy and legitimacy. Since 2009, she is in charge with the advocacy agenda and policy analysis and as a coordinator of the Cultural Policy Research Award (CPRA). Tsveta lectured in European Policies and Cultural Policy in universities in Bulgaria. She works as a consultant and lecturer in various projects, activities and training programs of cultural NGOs in Bulgaria and abroad.
Previously, Tsveta has been working at the Directorate “EU and International Cultural Cooperation”, and Bulgarian Ministry of Culture (2000 – 2009) where she was responsible for developing and maintaining multilateral relations with intergovernmental organisations (EU, UNESCO, Council of Europe). In 2008, she also worked for the Bulgarian Cultural Contact Point of Culture Programme of the EU and she was a member of the OMC Group on maximising the potential of cultural and creative industries and SMEs of the EU. From 2000 until 2006, she was the Local coordinator of the ‘Policies for Culture’ programme of the ECF/ECUMEST.
Tsveta is a member of U40 Group on the future of the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
Tsveta holds a PhD in Cultural Economics (2010) from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia (Bulgaria). She holds an MA from the same university in Social and Cultural Management. Tsveta also undertook postgraduate studies in Arts Management – Management of Cultural Enterprises at the University of Dijon (France) and in European Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK).Tags: Bulgaria, cultural advocacy, cultural and creative industries, cultural diversity, EU, funding
The Clubture Network was established in 2002 and it gathers 39 independent cultural organizations active in different contemporary cultural and artistic disciplines in Croatia. It functions as a collaborative exchange platform trough which organizations directly collaborate, on principles of mutual decision-making and inclusiveness. Programs also have an educational segment, where, through workshops and trainings as well as the exchange of experience, organizations acquire relevant knowledge and skills in the field of policy processes, most notably in the field of advocacy actions. Main goals of the Clubture network is to facilitate partnerships and strengthen collaboration between organizations, to increase public visibility and influence of the independent cultural sector on the cultural policy-making in Croatia, in the region of former Yugoslavia, and internationally. The Network conducts different program activities in order to successfully contribute to the decentralization of cultural production, trough enabling distribution of innovative independent cultural and artistic programs in different cities and smaller communities across Croatia.
The Clubture Network conducts activities aiming to increase influence and public visibility of the independent cultural sector and towards establishment of the independent cultural sector as a relevant actor on the cultural-political map. Clubture was the first organization in the region of former Yugoslavia to promote active participation of the independent cultural sector in the processes of cultural policy-making and implementation, organizing educational activities, as well as joint advocacy actions towards different decision-makers in Croatia and beyond. The Network is recognized in Croatia, in the SEE region and internationally as a catalyst for collaboration and a relevant actor in the field of cultural policies, in terms of envisioning and advocating for a successful implementation of bottom-up models of cultural policy-making.
Clubture activities are carried through following programmes and initiatives:
- CLUBTURE HR – Programme exchange is a key activity based on direct collaboration of organizations of civil society, non-formal initiatives and artistic organizations, which mutually share cultural contents and/or mutually create projects and programs (exhibitions, film programs, music performances, workshops, dance and theatre plays and other performing forms, lectures..).
- CLUBTURE’S REGIONAL INITIATIVE – regional program sharing initiative and a project collaboration network. Pilot-phase started in 2006 between organizations from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Macedonia.
- KULTURPUNKT.HR – portal aiming to promote and to present primary the independent cultural scene, and civil initiatives connected to the independent cultural scene that managed the process of public advocacy directed towards wider social issues. Kulturpunk.hr develops instruments for analytical and critical approach to the topics in the area of culture in general.
- KULTURA AKTIVA – program consists of different advocacy and monitoring public policies activities, aiming to improve institutional framework that is relevant for civil cultural sector, but also the cultural sector in general. Program also deals with issues in youth policies – such as youth clubs, organizations that are active in youth culture, or those that deal with organizing youth free time, etc.
The most of the activities are aimed towards the formation of transparent cultural policies models in local (regional and cities) administrations.Tags: arts management, Croatia, cultural cooperation, cultural diversity, cultural participation, cultural production, funding, lobbying, mobility
Monika Mokre is a research fellow at the Institute for Cultural Studies and History of Theatre, Austrian Academy of Sciences and lecturer at the Institute for Cultural Studies and Cultural Management, University of Music and Performing Arts, the Rosa-Mayreder-College, and Webster University Vienna as well as lecturer at the M.A. Programme Cultural Production of the University of Salzburg and Mozarteum. She is a chairman of eipcp ( European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies), board member of FOKUS, the Austrian Association for Cultural Economics and Policy Studies, board member of Mediacult (International Research Institute for Media, Communication and Cultural Development) and deputy chair of the Advisory Panel on Cultural Diversity of the Austrian Commission for UNESCO. Her research areas include European Democracy and Public Sphere, Cultural Politics and Financing of the Arts, Media Politics, Gender Studies.Tags: austria, cultural diversity, cultural identity, cultural policy, EU, funding, media
Diana Andreeva is a co-founder and Director of the Observatory of Cultural Economics (since 2008). She holds Master Degree in Finance at University of National and World Economy, and has continued her education on Arts and Cultural studies at Sofia University ‘Kl.Ohridski’, as well as Film Directing at the New Bulgarian University. Since 2005 she has been working as a researcher in cultural policy and cultural economics. She is a guest lecturer on Marketing and Advertisement of Performing Arts an ‘Financing of the Performing Arts at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts ‘K. Sarafov‘, as well as Economics and Financing of Film Industry at the New Bulgarian University. She is author of many articles and studies and she has participated in various national and international research teams in the field of cultural economics and financing. Since 2010 she is a co-editor of the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends responsible for updating the Bulgarian cultural policy (together with Assoc.Prof. BilyanaTomova). Diana is a member of the Association of Cultural Economics International.Tags: Bulgaria, cultural economics, cultural policy, funding, performing arts
Franz-Otto Hofecker is the Head of the Institute for Cultural Management and Cultural Studies at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. He is a co-partner of the Centre for Culture Research GmbH (Bonn) and the Head of its’ Vienna branch. Dr Hofecker is a member of various national and international boards, advisory boards and experts’ committees in the field of culture policy and culture research (UNESCO, Council of Europe, European Union, Eurostat, ERICArts, Office of the Austrian Chancellor, etc). His main areas of interest are cultural policy, cultural economics, cultural funding, cultural statistics. He is especially interested in regional support of culture, state and private culture funding. He is the Head of LIKUS (LänderInitiative KulturStatistik) project.Tags: austria, cultural statistics/indicators, economy of culture, funding
Artforum Culture Foundation (ACF) is an European non-profit private foundation with legal seat in Thessaloniki, Greece. Its mission is to promote art and culture in Greece and the regions of the Greek Diaspora. Artforum Culture Foundation aims to maintain the cultural dialogue and the artistic exchange across the borders, in order to contribute to a better understanding and the tolerance between the nations. The foundation initiates projects, provides facilities, organisational support and promotion services to the artists. Furthermore, it has a specialised library with works from the art history, history and archaeology. In collaboration with other art historians and archaeologists ACF conducts research in all major fields of art. ACF plans to establish European Cultural Centre (ECC) in Greece, an institution that should be meeting place for artists and cultural partners from Greece, the Balkans, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, America and the Pacific area.
Tags: cultural management, cultural policy, funding, Greece, Mediterranean
The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS) is an independent non-profit institution set up for the promotion of advanced scholarship and academic cooperation in the Humanities and Social Sciences. It aims to attract young talents as well as outstanding senior scholars by offering institutional conditions conducive to innovative research, intellectual creativity and dialogue. Through its strong interdisciplinary and international orientation it seeks to integrate national and regional scholarship in cross-cultural research on pan-European and global scale. CAS puts emphasis on supporting research in two main areas:
- history, culture and development of the region in a comparative European perspective (common legacies, developmental and societal problems, cultural and economic exchange, questions of identity, etc.)
- improvement of higher education and academic research in the region and further abroad.
In addition to granting fellowships and coordinating local and regional projects, CAS encourages the dissemination of knowledge through public events, publication programmes and discussion forums. It organizes guest-lecture series and workshops by leading Bulgarian and foreign senior scholars, international conferences and seminars, as well as various cultural events etc. The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia is a member of the internationally renowned group of ’Institutes for Advanced Study’ in the US and Europe.Tags: Bulgaria, cultural management, funding, South East Europe