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Culture 2000

The 2002 Call for Projects

The 2002 call for projects is expected in September 2001. Detailed information about this programme can be found on the Europa server on the Internet at the following address: http://europa.eu.int/comm/culture/index_en.html

More information can be obtained from the Culture contact points in the EU Member States and in the EEA/EFTA countries, the Offices of the European Commission in the Member States, the delegations of the European Union in the EEA/EFTA countries, and in the 10 applicant countries, or from the 'Development of cultural policy - Culture 2000 programme' unit at the following address: European Commission, Policy Development in the Cultural Sphere - Culture 2000, Framework Programme, Rue Belliard 1000, Bureau 5/21, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium

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The Exploitation and Development of the Job Potential in the Cultural Sectors in the European Union

This is an EU project commissioned by the General-Directorate for Employment and Social Affairs and carried out by the österreichische kulturdokumentation. internationales archiv für kulturanalysen, Vienna, and MKW GmbH, Munich, with other partners. Time frame: 2000 - 2001.

The main goal of the study is to get a better view of the state of the art of 'employment in the cultural sector' and to develop new strategies for the exploitation of the job potential in the cultural sectors. Regarding the commissioner, the General-Directorate for Employment and Social Affairs, the strategies should focus on the following:

  • promotion of transparency and transnational mobility in regard to the 'cultural' job market;
  • introduction of appropriate education policies in the context with professions in the sector;
  • promotion of new partnerships on the local, regional, national and international levels.

The project consists of five modules:

  • Module 1: An overview of the literature and research on employment in the cultural sector in Europe (österreichische kulturdokumentation. internationales archiv für kulturanalysen, Vienna);
  • Module 2: Employment trends and growth areas in the cultural economy (statistical evaluation of available data);
  • Module 3: Monitoring - regular Europe-wide expert surveys in the growth areas of the cultural economy (audio-visual sector, multimedia, advertising/design);
  • Module 4: Professional education and qualification: definition of trends and good practices (databank);
  • Module 5: Obstacles to mobility.

The economic exploitation of the cultural field and the cultural sector has attracted increased attention since the 1990s but is still lacking proper analyses. The present study offers a new and broad interpretation of the cultural impact in the field of new technologies. But 'cultural workers' and not artists are at the centre of an employment analysis of the cultural sector. Questions like who are the people characterised as cultural workers and what is the creative potential which should be exploited - including the design and advertising branches - are discussed in considerable detail.

The study report will be available in English in autumn 2001.

For further information, please contact: e-mail: office@kulturdokumenation.org; http://www.kulturdokumentation.org; or phone Veronika Ratzenböck or Andrea Ellmeier at österreichische kulturdokumentation. internationales archiv für kulturanalysen, Vienna, Austria; tel.: +431 535 2705.

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MEDEA: New Call for Proposals

The call for proposals for the MEDEA project was launched in April 2001. MEDEA is funded through the MEDA programme, which provides support for projects linking the EU with 12 countries in the Mediterranean region.

Proposals must be submitted before 14 September for feature films and before 14 December for documentaries.

MEDEA provides financial and training support for the pre-production stage of Euro-Mediterranean creative documentaries and feature films. The projects supports the development of Euro-Mediterranean audiovisual works through co-operation and co-production by independent producers from the European Union Member States and the 12 Mediterranean partners. Last year, following the first MEDEA call for proposals, 25 projects were selected from the 249 projects submitted from 19 Euro-Mediterranean countries.

The full text of the call for proposals can be downloaded from the MEDEA website: www.programamedea.com/

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Les financements culturels européens

Relais Culture Europe, La Documentation française
Paris, 2001, 404 pp., ISBN 2 11 004743 7

The third edition of Les financements culturels européens (a guide to the European cultural funding), published by Relais Culture Europe, presents different programmes of the European Union aimed at supporting cultural projects. While listing various funding possibilities for different projects, this guide presents the possibilities of obtaining support for cultural programmes and activities from different sources within the European Commission. More precisely, the intention is to improve the elaboration of cultural projects having a broader European character by assisting operators in identifying programmes and actions that could benefit culture.

The book is divided into 9 sections, each covering a specific group or set of programmes and describing the modalities for participation. Examples of projects that have already been financed by the Commission are also given.

In the introductory part, the reader can find a chronology of events that led to the creation of the European Union, as well as information about the European commissioners, the structure of the services and general directions of the European Commission, general information about the budget, and a short description of the position of culture and cultural policies.

Programmes aimed specifically at culture are described in the first section of this book. It includes a presentation of the Culture 2000 programme, the principal instrument for funding cultural projects. This programme covers all fields that were previously funded through Kaléidoscope, Ariane and Raphaël, as well as the European Capital of Culture and the European Cultural Month.

The next section of the book is dedicated to culture and audiovisual production, presenting in detail the programme Media Plus, which succeeds two previous programmes - Media I and Media II. These programmes encouraged the development, distribution and promotion of European audiovisual works.

In the following sections of the book (3-9), the user will find information about other programmes that are not tailored exclusively to support culture. There is a section dedicated to youth and education, different programmes for the promotion of European integration, development of the European regions, as well as a list of programmes aimed at the preservation of the environment and cooperation with third countries. All of these can serve as sources of funding for various projects with a cultural component.

The Guide offers an exhaustive list of programmes and activities with specific examples, guidelines for application and execution, together with the addresses of responsible officers and bodies of the Commission.

This practical Guide will serve those working in cultural institutions or administration, helping them to identify all available instruments and find the best means to adapt their project proposals to the specific requirements of each Community programme.

The price of the Guide is 30 euro.

To order the publication, please contact: Relais Culture Europe, 17 rue Montorgueil, 75001 Paris, France, tel.: +33 1 53 40 95 10; fax: +33 1 53 40 95 19; e-mail: info@relais-culture-europe.org; http://www.relais-culture-europe.org; or
La Documentation Française, 29 quai Voltaire, 75344 Paris Cedex 07, France; tel.: 33 1 40 15 70 00; fax: 33 1 40 15 72 30; http://www.ladocfrancaise.gouv.fr