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European Platforms for the promotion of emerging artists

Funding Program

Creative Europe - Culture Strand

Call number




31.01.2024 17:00

Funding rate


Call budget

€ 47,400,000.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

max. € 2,800,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

This action will support projects aimed at promoting emerging European artists and their works, improving their international visibility, and facilitating their circulation. Projects should also improve access to and participation in cultural events and activities, enhancing audience engagement and development. These projects must be designed and developed to contribute to the implementation of the EU's policy priorities in the field of culture, in particular the working conditions of artists.European Platforms’ action is open to all the cultural and creative sectors. However, considering that this action aims at pursuing the objectives of the Culture strand of the Programme, projects involving exclusively organisations from the audiovisual sector are not targeted for funding under it.

Call objectives

For the purposes of this action, projects will need to establish Platforms that can be defined as showcases or springboards made up of a coordinating organisation and member organisations, with a common programming and branding strategy.

Proposals should address the cross-cutting issues of (i) inclusion and diversity, notably gender balance, and (ii) greening of Creative Europe, as explained in section 1. Background.

Proposals should also address the following specific priorities:

Artists and cultural professionals: empowering the cultural and creative sectors.

In the current context, the need to promote fair, inclusive, and diverse frameworks supporting emerging artists careers and cultural and creative professionals is crucial and should be a key strategic consideration when drafting proposals. Projects’ proposals should include effective ways to ensure and promote better working conditions and fairer remuneration, skills’ development, and life-long learning as well as artistic freedom. To this end, applicants are highly recommended to draw inspiration from the report “The status and working conditions of artists and cultural and creative professionals”.

Culture for the people: enhancing cultural participation and the role of culture in society.

With this priority, applicants should propose concrete activities to build the capacities of the cultural and creative sectors to enhance cultural participation as well as audience engagement and development that help promote citizenship, values, and democracy. Proposals addressing this priority should consider the beneficial aspects of culture for health and wellbeing, particularly mental health.

Culture for co-creative partnerships: strengthening the cultural dimension of EU external relations.

With this priority, applicants should propose concrete activities to help culture professionals and emerging artists to be (more) active outside the EU borders, within and beyond the Creative Europe participating countries, and contribute to foster international cultural relations.

Culture for digital transformation: help the European cultural and creative sectors to fully take advantage of new technologies to enhance their competitiveness.

With this priority, applicants should propose concrete activities to help professionals and emerging artists to critically and creatively embrace new technologies and changes driven by the digital transformation based, inter alia on the EU’s digital strategy.

Proposals should present complete need analysis and demonstrate how the above priorities and cross-cutting issues are addressed. The way proposals address all the above-mentioned cross-cutting issues and priorities will be assessed under the award criterion “relevance”. For more details, see section 9.

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Expected effects and impacts

The action aims to support around 15 Platforms covering different cultural and creative sectors. As the support is intended to have a structuring effect, the intention is not to support more than one Platform targeting the same type of artists or works of a same cultural sector. While respecting merit based on the evaluation of the award criteria, the evaluation committee will ensure that the portfolio of projects selected is diverse and respects a balance between cultural sectors.

Together, the coordinator and members of the Platform must:

  • establish a Platform composed of a coordinating organisation and member organisations (third parties, please refer to section 5 and 6).
  • develop a joint and coordinated artistic programming strategy to identify and present emerging European artists and their works outside their country of origin.
  • set up a cascading grant mechanism to support emerging artists, raise their profile and increase and promote European cultural and artistic diversity. Commit to devoting at least 70% of the grant to supporting emerging artists.
  • support at least 50 emerging artists per year.
  • build a strategy to develop the Platform by increasing the number of member organisations, at least one per year as from the second year.

The above elements are mandatory and must be clearly detailed in the proposal.

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Expected results

Applicants must present a sustainable strategy for the coordination and management of the Platform, as well as for the joint activities of the members.

Members’ joint activities:

  • promote, celebrate, and boost the diversity of the European artistic repertoire by developing a common European programming of non-national emerging artists,
  • promote a fair, inclusive, and diverse environment for emerging artists, looking particularly at effective ways to reach better working conditions and fair remuneration,
  • contribute to building more resilient and sustainable societies and encourage the necessary adaptation of practices. Demonstrate that a strategy and a progressive path towards sustainable practices is foreseen, as well as tools allowing to monitor this progression,
  • develop a strong common communication and branding strategy and establish a European quality label,
  • strengthen peer-learning and networking, notably with other Platforms and other projects, actions and initiatives supported by Creative Europe.

Coordination and management of the Platform:

  • provide financial support to members through a cascade grant mechanism,
  • increase the European dimension and diversity of the membership by broadening the platform and its scope.

These activities should 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 is accompanied by an objective (expected outcome) and should list the activities, milestones and deliverables that belong to it. For more details see section 10 (Milestones and Deliverables).

The quality of the proposed activities, work packages, deliverables and milestones will be assessed under the award criterion “Quality of content and activities”. For more details, see section 9 (Award criteria).

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Liechtenstein, Montenegro (Црна Гора), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна)

eligible entities

Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Mandatory partnership


Project Partnership

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories) 
      • non-EU countries (listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative EuropeProgramme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature - list of participating countries)

Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person.

International organisations — International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.

Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.

EU bodies — EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.

Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’ . Please note that if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible). 

The host organisations of Creative Europe Desks are eligible as coordinator or beneficiary in open calls, if they have procedures to segregate the project management and the information provision functions and if they are able to demonstrate cost separation (i.e., that their project grants do not cover any costs which are covered by their other grant). This requires the following: 

  • use of analytical accounting which allows for a cost accounting management with cost allocation keys and cost accounting codes AND application of these keys and codes to identify and separate the costs (i.e., to allocate them to either one of the two grants)
  • recording of all real costs incurred for the activities that are covered by the two grants (including the indirect costs)
  • allocation of the costs in a way that leads to a fair, objective and realistic result. 

Beneficiaries from countries with ongoing negotiations (see list above) may participate in the call and can sign grants if the negotiations are concluded before grant signature (with retroactive effect, if provided in the agreement).

other eligibility criteria

Only applications by single applicants are allowed (single beneficiaries). 

Financial support to third parties is allowed for grants and prizes under the following conditions: − the calls must have a clear European dimension. Financial support to third parties will be accepted in projects which include a Platform Membership Agreement.

Each Platform must be composed of a coordinating organisation and at least 11 member organisations that will have the status of third parties. The coordinating organisation and the member organisations must be legal persons, established and officially registered in at least 12 different participating countries (Platforms will therefore have a minimum of 12 organisations from 12 different eligible countries).

Additional information


Arts & Culture, Cultural Heritage, Tourism, 
Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

48 months

Additional Information

Proposal page limits and layout:

  • Part A to be filled in directly online  (administrative information, summarised budget, call-specific questions, etc.)
  • Part B to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system
  • Part C to be filled in directly online (containing additional project data)

mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):

  • detailed budget table/calculator
  • list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years)
  • a Platform membership agreement confirming the establishment and the principles of the Platform, signed by all the members (mandatory, template not provided – to be uploaded)
  • a List of members (mandatory, template provided - to be uploaded)

Page limit - part B: 120 pages

The grant will be a lump sum grant.


European Education and Culture Executive Agency

Creative Europe Desks

Creative Europe Desk Austria - Culture
+43 1 71606 -851115

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