European Commission (prepared by Isabelle de Voldere and Kleitia Zeqo) (2017): Crowdfunding - Reshaping the crowd’s engagement in culture. The role of crowdfunding has increased in the European cultural and creative sector (CCS) over the past years. Digitisation, the financial crisis and a growing interest in engaging with the public have poplularised crowdfunding as a method of fundraising and community building for the CCS. This study maps and analyses how crowdfunding is currently being used for the benefit of cultural and creative activities, and evaluates to what extent barriers hamper the further integration of crowdfunding in the financing mix and broader practice of CCS actors. Looking into different crowdfunding models, it examines the benefits of such campaigns beyond the financial realm and explores the value of partnerships between different actors. Based on the analysis, the study puts forward recommendations to policy makers on what is needed for crowdfunding to further develop as a multi-purpose tool for CCS practices.
The study is accompanied by a website – www.crowdfunding4culture.eu – that has been developed as a European information hub on everything related to crowdfunding for culture. The website contains among others:
- map of all crowdfunding platforms across Europe (including comparative information on the crowdfunding models being used, costs of use, etc.) that have a specific focus on the Cultural and Creative Sectors;
- a repository of case studies that have been developed in the context of this study; and
- an inventory of interesting events, news, tools and studies that relate to crowdfunding for the CCS.
The 2015 IETM (International network for contemporary performing arts) publication - coordinated by On the Move - provides a detailed overview of public and private funding opportunities for the arts and culture in Europe and beyond: The Fund-Finder contains a comprehensive list of funding programmes at national, regional and local level and describes how artistic and cultural projects can fit with the objectives of several EU funding programmes other than Creative Europe.
Erasmus+ Funding Guide
Erasmus+ Funding Guide - (2014) A tool that provides thorough knowledge of the Erasmus+ Programme, valid as of January 1 2014.
European Commission (launched 2017): Project Database for the Creative Europe Programme. The European Commission's database contains descriptions of all projects funded under the Creative Europe - Culture sub-programme and some of the projects financed under the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme, including contact information for the organisations involved.
It also contains results for projects that have ended, including links to websites.
The database serves to enable others to learn from other institutions, share results and be inspired.
EU Commission: Survey on access to finance for cultural and creative sectors
Published: 2012. The objective of this Policy Handbook is to better sensitize local, regional and national authorities as well as the cultural community of the potential of cultural and creative industries in boosting regional and local development. The Handbook intends to help them in formulating local, regional and national strategies for cultural and creative industries. It also aims to serve as a tool for the planning and implementation of a strategic use of the EU support programmes, including the Structural Funds, to foster the potential of culture for local, regional, national development and the spill-over effects on the wider economy.
Report on the cultural sector's use of Structural Funds by EEN
Published: 2012. The European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) has worked on four papers analysing how the cultural and creative sectors could foster local and regional development in Italy, Germany, Poland and Spain. The report includes an overview of available information on how the Structural Funds have been used with regard to the cultural sector and an identification of priorities for investment in culture in 2014-2020 among others. Reports on other EU members States are in preparation