In this section you will find resources to assist you in developing your knowledge of EU funding, policy and research; national cultural policy documents and links to European arts and culture networks and other related resource organisations.

Reading Resources

National Research Reports

European culture networks

This is a list compiled by the Creative Europe Desk Ireland - Culture Office of European and international culture networks. These networks represent a variety of sectors, including architecture, cultural research and policy, digital arts, festivals, films and media, libraries, literature, mobility,museums and heritage, music, performing arts and visual arts.

National Policy Document

Developing the Arts: Arts Council Strategic Statement

The Arts Council Ireland’s strategic statement was published at a time of significant change in the arts. That change is linked to wider social, cultural, economic and technological developments. It is a time of opportunity and challenge.

Early Childhood Arts: Three Perspectives

Following a roundtable discussion involving Irish early childhood arts and education practitioners in October 2012, the Arts Council identified some fundamental steps to be taken at a research level in order to inform policy and provision in the rapidly growing area of early childhood arts. The Arts Council commissioned three independent perspectives: an overview of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) policy and provision in Ireland; a background paper on the role of the arts in early childhood learning and development; and an international perspective on best practice in Early Childhood Arts.

National Policy and Research Documents

Art and Youth Culture: FYI

Report and Arts Council response to a meeting of young people and policy makers on 27-29 March 2010 sponsored by the CCP Ireland.

Early Childhood Arts: Three Perspectives

The Arts Council commissioned three independent perspectives: an overview of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) policy and provision in Ireland; a background paper on the role of the arts in early childhood learning and development; and an international perspective on best practice in Early Childhood Arts.

EU Policy and Research Documents

European culture networks

This is a list compiled by the Creative Europe Desk Ireland - Culture Office of European and international culture networks. These networks represent a variety of sectors, including architecture, cultural research and policy, digital arts, festivals, films and media, libraries, literature, mobility,museums and heritage, music, performing arts and visual arts.

Cultural and creative spillovers in Europe: a preliminary evidence review

The ‘Cultural and creative spillovers in Europe: a preliminary evidence review’ report is published by a research partnership comprising the Arts Council (Ireland), Arts Council England, Creative England, the European centre for creative economy (Germany), the European Cultural Foundation (the Netherlands) and the European Creative Business Network (the Netherlands) and the research undertaken by the London based Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy. The report sheds light on cultural and creative spillovers in Europe and will contribute to scientific, cultural and political debate around the value of culture and public investment into the arts, culture and creative spillovers.

European Agenda for Culture

In May 2007, the European Commission proposed an agenda for Culture founded on three common sets of objective: cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue; culture as a catalyst for creativity; and culture as a key component in international relations.

Capitals of Culture post 2019

The European Commission has adopted its proposal for the continuation of the European Capitals of Culture initiative and transmitted it to the European Parliament and the Council. The work on the new proposal has been based on a broad range of inputs. These include the conclusions of the 25 year anniversary conference of the ECoC held in March 2010, four independent evaluations of past Capitals, an independent evaluation of the current selection and monitoring procedures, an on-line consultation, a public consultation meeting and DG EAC’s own experience of coordinating the initiative since 1999.

Green Paper: Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries

The objective of this consultation was to gather views on various issues impacting the cultural and creative industries in Europe, from business environment to the need to open up a common European space for culture, from capacity building to skills development and promotion of European creators on the world stage. The responses to the consultation will inform the Commission and help it ensure that EU programmes and policies involving cultural and creative industries are “fit for purpose”. The consultation, which ran 24 April to 30 July 2010 was open to individuals and organisations and in particular national, regional or local authorities, the European institutions and associations from the cultural and creative industries.

The entreprenuerial dimension of the cultural and creative industries

Following an open call for tender the European Commission entrusted a study on the Entrepreneurial Dimension of the Cultural and Creative Industriesto the Utrecht School of the Arts. The aim of this Study was to provide a better understanding of the operations and needs of companies in the Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs), especially small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs). The intention was not to provide a comprehensive overview but rather to describe some of the problems and provide recommendations.  Throughout the Study, there are 40 case studies that illustrate key approaches and initiatives found in Appendix 1 and Appendix 2.

Communication on Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the new 7 year funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors for the 2014 - 2020 multi-annual financial framework. It specifically targets the needs of the cultural and creative sectors aiming to operate beyond national borders and with a strong link to the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity.

FAQ Financial Instrument

European Commission FAQ document on the financial instrument (loan guarantee fund) for the Cultural and Creative Sectors

OMC report on access to culture

Examples on policies and good practices in the public arts and in cultural institutions to promote better access to and wider participation in culture.

CULTUREMAP

Brochure presents the findings and conclusions of a study carried out by the EACEA. The study mapped and evaluated existing websites (platforms) within the cultural sector aimed at stimulating debate and cross-border exchange of matters concerning European culture

Funding Guide