IG Kultur Österreich

IG Kultur Österreich is a network and advocacy organisation for independent and autonomous cultural work in Austria, established in 1990. IG Kultur Österreich strives to achieve improvements in the federal and regional legislation and regulations responsible for the cultural initiatives and social security of those engaged in cultural work.  A specific focus lies on the transparency in decision making processes. It advocates the ideas interlinking specific political issues such as anti-racism, anti-fascism and anti-capitalism with independent cultural work in Austria. Additionaly, IG Kultur Österreich engages in lobbying for improvements concerning the security and an increase of public financing. The organisation is also engaged in writing and publishing catalogues, journal on critical cultural politics (Kulturrisse), developing projects as well as acting as a consultant in cultural planning processes.

As a membership organisation IG Kultur Österreich represents interests of more than 350 autonomous cultural initiatives such as cultural organisations, which work independently in the field of contemporary art, music, dance, film etc. The structure of IG Kultur Österreich consists of an executive board responsible for the organizational and administrative aspects and of regional boards that jointly influence cultural policy objectives at the federal level.

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Piero Gastaldo

Piero Gastaldo is a  Secretary General (CEO) of Compagnia di San Paolo, Italy after having taken the position of Coordinator of Programmes in 1998. From 1995-97 he was an Commissioner/Deputy-mayor of the City of Turin, for Economic Development, Public Utilities, European Projects and International Promotion. Prior to this from 1988-95 he was Director of Research, Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli and researcher at the Centro Luigi Einaudi, Turin. His academic and institutional appointments and affiliations currently include being a member of the Governing Boards of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome and of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) in Amsterdam. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Network of European Foundations (NEEF), Brussels; member of the European Advisory Board of Istituto di Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPE), Milan; member of the Governing Council of the European Foundation Center, Brussels, etc. Mr Gastaldo graduated  law at the Università degli Studi di Torino. His research interests include arts and cultural policy, financing of the arts and culture, social inclusion and civil society.



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ICPS – International Centre for Policy Studies

 International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS) is an independent think-tank in Ukraine established as an initiative of the Open Society Institute  in Prague.  ICPS’s mission is to promote democratic governance and rule of law by shoring up democratic institutions and changing public attitudes towards reform in Ukraine.  It aims to make its contribution to establishing a robust framework for the country’s economic, social and foreign policies, in line with European trends and practices.  ICPS applies analytical capabilities, a pro-active approach to policy-making, and balanced facilitation of policy dialog among key stakeholders.

Its activities include:

  • carrying large-scale public policy campaigns for different interest groups, using methods developed in-house;
  • providing support for civil service education reform to develop the next generation of professional government administrators in Ukraine;
  • providing regular training for NGOs in related areas;
  • conducting comprehensive policy studies.



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Ukrainian Centre for Cultural Studies

Ukrainian Centre for Cultural Studies is a public research institution established and funded by Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine.

The Centre includes:

  •  Institute of cultural policy – focuses its research activity on public cultural policy analysis, particularly on legal, economic and social issues of cultural sector in Ukraine, on studies and forecasts in contemporary cultural developments in Ukraine, with special attention on post-communist cultural transformation and national/cultural identity (re-)shaping. The institute also drafts policy proposals and provides culture-related legislation recommendations for Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
  •  Institute for problems of traditional folk culture and amateur arts- studies Ukrainian traditional culture, contemporary amateur theater, music, dance, decorative arts, as well as cultural heritage issues.
  •  Institute for cultural legislation – is focused on analyzing strengths and weaknesses of Ukrainian culture-related legislation and designing recommendations or new legal acts and regulations for cultural sector.
  • Laboratory of technologies for cultural sector- focuses its work on issues of the use of new technologies in cultural sector and in creativity, as well as on the design of technology-related regulations and recommendations for public cultural organisations.



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The Peace Institute – Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies

The Peace Institute is a non-profit research institution developing interdisciplinary research activities in various fields of the social and human sciences (sociology, anthropology, political science, philosophy, economies, law etc.). The goal of the Institute is not only to adopt a critical stance towards events in the society but also to actively intervene in these events, to link academic research and reflection with practical educational and strategic advisory activities in various fields of public policy and public action in general. Its thematic field and strategic focus are: Human rights and minoritie, Cultural policy, Media Politics, Gender Politics. The Institute has two centres Centre for Cultural Policy Research  and Centre for Media Policy. Centre for Cultural Policy Research focuses on the study of the roles, development trends, and material conditions of cultural institutions and the effects of their operation (including production, circulation and the consumption of cultural products). The Center for Cultural Policy Research  prepares comparative analysis of cultural policies in Slovenia and elsewhere; applied research studies, case studies, and makes recommendations for change and modifications of cultural policies.  Special fields of interest are, among others:

  • Intellectual Property and Copyright
  • Culture and the Economy
  • Cultural Education
  • Culture as a Factor in Social Development

In addition to research activities and projects, Centre for Cultural Policy Research publishes documents and books and organises events, public discussions, lectures and round tables on cultural policies in Slovenia and abroad.

The Peace Institute also has Peace Institute Library, that holds  material from all fields of activities of the Peace Institute, above all those related to marginalized discourses. In addition, there is a special library fund of Maska, a magazine dedicated to performance arts.  Institue also publishes Media Watch magazine and conducts training and educational projects such as Workers’ Punk University.
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Department of Culturology, Faculty of Philosophy, Comenius University

The Department of Culturology of the Faculty of Philosophy, Comenius University, offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in cultural management and cultural theory.  Cultural studies represent a branch of study integrating and synthesizing knowledge on culture, people and society. The courses have been built on the extensive professional basis, as well as on the possibilities of individual student’s specialization.  The department staff conducts research and gives lecture  in history and determining trends in research within the cultural studies, cultural and social anthropology, sociology and philosophy of culture, history of individual types of art, aesthetics, economics of culture, managing and marketing in culture, law and legislation in culture. The study is divided into two levels – Bachelor’s degree (3 years) and Master’s degree (2 years).


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FAPMC – Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications

The Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications is a federal body of executive authority responsible for providing state services and managing state property. It also implements legal regulation in the press, media, and mass communications sphere, including shared-use computer networks of the electronic media, publishing and printing sectors.

The Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications has the following functions:

• to implement legal regulation and render state services in the sphere of creating and operating the media, mass communications, television and radio broadcasting network,  using the radio-frequency spectrum and telecommunications-satellite orbits for television and radio broadcasting purposes, expanding and disseminating mass communications

• to keep joint nationwide registers listing the media, mass communications, television and radio broadcasting companies, and audio and video producers.

The Federal Agency is responsible for organising e-media audience measurements, for analysing print media circulation, for reviewing sector developments, for providing the statutory deposit of printed materials and supporting socially important productions. The FAPMC manages collections of national audiovisual (films excluded) and broadcasting productions. It also collaborates with organisations of broadcasters, publishers, and other media actors. It supports several projects such as The Runet Prize and well-known Gramota.ru, the educational portal on the Russian language. It also had sponsored Maksim Moshkow’s Library — the most famous Russian language free online library — and animator.ru, a website dedicated to chronicling Russian animation. FAPMC also may be referred by the short name Rospechat (Роспечать).

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SICA – Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities

Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities  (SICA)  promotes the Dutch cultural sector’s international activities and creates a platform for opinion forming on international cultural policy. It also provides information and advice on funding possibilities, networks, regions and visas for all artistic disciplines.  SICA acts as the implementing body for the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The European Cultural ContactPoint (CCP) and European Citizen’s Point (ECP) are both part of SICA and provide information about the European Culture programme, Citizens for Europe and other European opportunities for international cultural cooperation. In addition, SICA is responsible for the secretaryship of EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) Netherlands.

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CUPORE – Finnish Foundation for Cultural Policy Research

Finnish Foundation for Cultural Policy Research (CUPORE) was founded on the initiative of the University of Jyväskylä and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to monitor developments in both Finnish and international cultural policy and to promote research in this field.  The foundation supports and carries out research on cultural development and cultural policies and it is involved in international joint projects. Its research areas include: public and private financing and  legislation,  artists’ and cultural workers education and training, employment and labour market positions and international mobility. It is also developing cultural indicators and cultural statistics. The Foundation operates using a relatively small group of researchers but finances research carried out on a contractual basis at universities research centres and by groups of experts.  The Foundation  works in close co-operation with the University of Jyväskylä’s cultural policy studies and it cooperates with the ENCATC network (European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres).
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Pro Cultura Foundation

Pro Cultura Foundation is an independent institution engaged in exploring the development of Polish culture and conducting international research on culture, cultural industries and ICTs. The main activities of the Foundation are carrying out research in the field of culture and its industries with the help of broad international contacts. Furthermore, its activities include: providing expertise and recommendations, organising conferences, lectures, seminars, symposiums and workshops and the exchange of ideas and experiences, and preparing and consulting drafts of the legislation acts for the cultural sector. Pro Cultura has established co-operation with ERICarts, Associaztione per l’Economia della Cultura (Italy), Kulturkontakt (Austria), Observatorio Interarts (Spain), and EUCLID (Great Britain), as well as with cultural networks (i.e. CIRCLE, CULTURELINK, Culture Action Europe, ENCATC, etc). In 2010, Pro Cultura won the tender for elaboration and preparation Warsaw’s application to the title of the European Capital of Culture 2016 (March-June 2010).

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