New workplan for Creative Europe

16 Feb 2022

The 2022 workplan for the implementation of the Creative Europe funding programme was adopted by the European Commission on 13 January. It will see €385 million, an increase of almost €100 million compared to 2021, be distributed to the cultural and creative sector in the European Union via three policy framework priorities: Culture, MEDIA and Cross-sectoral.

  • The Culture strand of the programme will include new calls and initiatives for the music, cultural heritage, performing arts and literature sectors. In addition, it will launch a mobility scheme, offering opportunities to artists, creators or cultural professionals to go abroad for professional development or for international collaborations, and to find new audiences, co-produce, co-create or present their work.
  • The MEDIA strand focuses on audio-visual and several novelties are introduced in 2022. Support to the development of innovative video games and virtual reality experiences will be funded. A new action, ‘MEDIA 360 degrees' will target leading industrial fora engaging with businesses across the audio-visual value chain. To further boost innovation the Media Market Gateway will be launched for promising start-ups. Collaboration between film festivals will be strengthened through networks.
  • The Cross Sectoral strand will increase funding for the Creative Innovation Lab for joint-innovation projects involving several creative sectors, contributing also to the New European Bauhaus. It will also widen support to the news media through additional measures to nurture media freedom.

Creative Europe will also address key issues affecting the cultural and creative sectors and contribute to the political priorities of the Commission on sustainability and inclusion. The programme will also include initiatives that cover additional EU priorities, such as the contribution to the EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life as well as the European Year of Youth.

Cultural and creative sectors are also encouraged to use CulturEU an online guide to all EU funding available. This interactive website gathers a total of 75 funding opportunities from 21 different EU programmes including Creative Europe, Horizon Europe as well as structural funds and InvestEU.

The adoption on the 2022 work programme of Creative Europe will soon be followed by the launch of relevant calls for proposals.

Click here to download a copy of the 2022 work programme.