Expected impact and budget
This call for proposals will select one single project which will support a minimum of 35 projects over max. 36 months from all performing arts sectors, sub-sectors and disciplines (excluding live music performances). At least 70% of the grant amount should be spent in implementing the support to the projects selected through the open call(s).
The available call budget is EUR 3 000 000. The grant will be a budget-based (actual costs, with unit cost and flat-rate elements). The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (max. 90% of eligible costs).
Applications have to address the following objective:
- to support cross-border touring and digital distribution of performing arts works, in a sustainable, inclusive, fair and innovative way.
To achieve this, applications need to demonstrate that they are building on the pilot project implemented between December 2020 and June 2021, by providing touring opportunities for artists and companies as well as festivals and venues in diversifying and internationalising their programmes.
Applications will also need to address the challenges and the needs in the performing arts sectors (excluding live music performances) and strive to reduce inequalities and imbalances in cross-border touring and digital distribution of performing arts works.
Themes and priorities (scope)
Applications must address the following two cross-cutting issues (please refer to section 1 of the Call document):
- Inclusion, diversity, and gender equality.
- Environment and the fight against climate change.
Additionally, applications must show how the activities (work-packages) take into account the following dimensions:
- contributing to the creation of conditions that help the sector to ‘grow’ in a social, human, artistic, economic and environmental sense, with a long-term perspective.
- incorporating activities that proactively reach out to people, both performing arts professionals and audiences, from different geographical and socio-economic backgrounds, in order to ensure their equal access to distribution opportunities and a diverse artistic offer.
- incorporating specific support to Ukrainian artists, cultural professionals and organisations working in the performing arts sector. (See section 1 of the Call document – Background – Policy Framework).
- working towards a solid framework with an equal representation of various players in the performing arts ecosystem: the sub-sectors, the artistic disciplines, the size and type of the organisations, the balance between emerging and established artists, gender balance, and geographic location, the balance between urban and rural touring destinations.
Activities that can be funded (scope)
Applications must present a programme of activities that will develop, implement and maintain sustainable models for cross-border touring and digital distribution in the performing arts sector.
In line with the Call document Section 6 Eligibility, Consortium composition (below), the application must be submitted by a single applicant organisation or a consortium of partner organisations. This applicant (single organisation or consortium) may work with other organisations to implement the work programme, and these arrangements must be described in detail in the relevant sections of the application form (i.e. outside resources, subcontracting, associated partners and / or affiliated entities).
This call for proposals is open to a wide variety of activities, but applications must include the 5 following types of activities:
- The design, implementation and management of open call(s) to select and grant (cascading grants) at least 35 projects to support cross-border touring and digital distribution of performing arts works. These cascading grant projects will be managed under the provisions of “financial support to third parties” (see Call document section 6 – Eligible activities) and implemented in the countries participating in the Creative Europe programme (see Call document section 6 – Eligible applicants). At least 70% of the total EU grant awarded to the successful applicant must be devoted to these cascading grants.
- The development of a programme of support and assistance to the grant recipients including training, mentorship and capacity building.
- The maintenance and the development of the Perform Europe digital platform  in order to:
- collect data, explore, map and analyse how performing arts works are presented across borders
- foster networking and matchmaking and bring visibility to performing and distribution opportunities
- The development and the implementation of a communication, dissemination and branding strategy.
- The management and the coordination of the overall project.
This Perform Europe digital platform has been developed by the consortium of the current pilot project. It will be handed over to the successful applicant once the Grant Agreement will be signed.
The activities need to be formulated within a solid strategic framework and be structured in work packages. A work package is a major sub-division of the project. Each work package must specify its objective (expected outcome) and must list the activities, milestones and deliverables that belong to it. Each work package should have at least 1 deliverable, but it is highly recommended to have more than 1 deliverable. All deliverables must illustrate the scope, reach, progress and success of the proposed activities. (See Call document section 10 – Milestones and Deliverables)
Under this call for proposals, financial support to third parties is essential to address the type of activity 1 (above). For more details see Call document section 6 – Eligible activities.
8 November 2022.
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