Creative Europe

How Creative Europe works

What is Creative Europe?

Creative Europe is the European Union's financial support programme for the creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors in Europe.

The programme launched on 1 January 2014 and it builds on the experience and success of the previous Culture and MEDIA programmes (2007-2013), supporting European projects with the potential to travel and find audiences beyond their national borders. Creative Europe consists of two sub-programmes: a Culture sub-programme promoting the creative and cultural sectors, and a MEDIA sub-programme supporting the development and distribution of audiovisual works.

How much funding is available? 

Creative Europe has a budget of €1.46 billion from 2014-2020. This is 9% higher than the combined budget of the previous programmes, which ran from 2007-2013. At least 56% of this budget is allocated to the MEDIA sub-programme, supporting training, project development, and the distribution and promotion of European audiovisual works. Around 31% of the budget will go towards the Culture sub-programme for performing and visual arts, with a further 13% allocated to a new cross-sectoral strand. This strand includes funding for the Creative Europe Desks and the financial guarantee facility which is planned for 2016.

There are currently around 18 Creative Europe funding opportunities (often called ‘schemes’ or ‘strands’), each focusing on a specific sector or type of activity. Find out more.

How can Creative Europe Desks help you?

Creative Europe Desks are available in most countries participating in Creative Europe. They are team of specialists who promote European initiatives in the field of audiovisual and culture and facilitate participation in the Creative Europe programme.

Find out more about Creative Europe Desk UK or find a Creative Europe Desk in your country.

What else does Creative Europe support? 

Through Creative Europe, the European Union supports a variety of initiatives, and prizes, which aim to highlight excellence and raise awareness of Europe's creativity and heritage:

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