EU funding programme: Creative Europe

The Creative Europe programme aims to support the European audiovisual, cultural and creative sectors. It is the first EU programme with budget and funds for the cultural and audiovisual sector. Indeed, Creative Europe contains three sub-programmes: one dedicated to the Media sector, one dedicated to Culture and one cross-sectoral strand.

Creative Europe: period 2014 – 2020

Global budget: 1,46 billion euros.
Media sub-programme: 56% of global budget
Culture sub-programme: 31% of global budget
Cross-sectoral strand: 13% of global budget

The Culture sub-programme supports: European Platforms, European Networks, European Cooperation Projects and Literary Translations. Live DMA received a Creative Europe 2014 – 2020 fund for its work as European network.

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Creative Europe: period 2021 – 2027

Global budget: proposition of 1,8 billion euros by the European Commission; the European Parliament wants to double this budget (2,9 billion euros). Definitive budget still needs to be agreed on and voted.

One difficulty for Creative Europe 2021-2027 is that the contents and the budget of the programme are designed at the same time, by two different organisations. We should advocate to the organization preparing the contents (without knowing the budget of the programme) as well as to the organization preparing the budget (without knowing the contents of the programme).

Audrey Guerre – Live DMA coordinator

The three sub-programmes and strands will be the same as for Creative Europe period 2014-2020 (Media, Culture, Cross-sectoral). The Culture sub-programme will support: European Platforms (ex: Liveurope), European Networks (ex: Live DMA), European Cooperation Projects (ex: INES) and Literary Translations.

Live DMA members and their members might be interested in the Cooperation calls. One will soon be open, with a deadline to apply during Fall 2019. More info on Cooperation calls here.

The European Commission published its proposal for a regulation establishing the Creative Europe Programme (2021-2027) defining specific objectives:

  • EU level cooperation focusing on cultural diversity, cultural heritage, enhancing competitiveness of cultural and creative sectors, and reinforcing international cultural relations;
  • promotion of audiovisual sector’s competitiveness;
  • cooperation and innovation, diverse and pluralistic media, media literacy and social inclusion

New projects also have been added to the Creative Europe programme for the Period 2021-2027:


Creative Europe has a national desk established in 38 countries in order to promote European initiatives and facilitate participation in the Creative Europe programme. 

Each desk has the mission to provide the following services: 

  • Free information and guidance on how to access funding opportunities under the Creative Europe Programme
  • Regular updates on audiovisual and culture related issues at European level.
  • Networking support facilitating contact between cultural operators in different countries and partner finding opportunities.

The Creative Europe Desks are autonomous in organizing these services on a national level. If you are interest in European cooperation and in seeking funding from the European Commission, we highly advise you to contact the desk in your country and to signal your interest. They can help you in approaching project partners, orientate you to a funding programme adapted to your needs, and advise you during the application process.

You can find the list of all 38 Creative Europe Desks including their contact information following this link

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