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Call: Perform EU

Type of Fund Direct Management
Description of programme
"Creative Europe - Culture Strand"

In 2021, the CULTURE strand of Creative Europe will continue to be anchored to policy development and EU policy cooperation in the field of culture, notably in line with the objectives of the 2018 New European Agenda for Culture and the Council Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022. Policy cooperation will also cover emerging priorities and high-level initiatives such as the New European Bauhaus.

The Programme will mainstream through its actions the cross-cutting issues of inclusion and diversity, notably gender balance, and greening of Creative Europe.

In this context, the Programme intends to pursue the following priorities:

  • Resilience and recovery: in 2021, more than 80 million EUR will be allocated to support cooperation projects, circulation of Literary works, platforms and networks in the culture field. These actions are meant to be instruments to help the recovery and resilience of the cultural and creative sectors in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Through these actions, the Programme will support a wide range of projects and initiatives to help cultural operators, artists and workers in the culture field get out from the crisis, with creative ideas and together with partners from all over Europe.
  • Innovation and joint creations: innovation, in a broad sense, is necessary for the evolution of the cultural and creative sectors and their competiveness. Innovations can be of technological and artistic nature; they may include the joint creation and production of innovative European works and their dissemination to a wide and diverse audience. Innovations also include the development and experimentation of new practices or models, as well as the transfer and dissemination of innovative practices from more advanced European regions or sectors to other regions in Europe or disciplines. Areas of innovation can encompass a social or societal dimension such as audience engagement/development, gender equality or the inclusion of people with disabilities, people belonging to minorities and people belonging to socially marginalised groups, fighting climate change, digitisation, etc.;
  • Cooperation and exchanges of practices: the Programme will give organisations of all sizes the possibility to cooperate and learn at cross-border level. The cooperation between organisations active in cultural and creative sectors will contribute to: building the capacities of the organisations involved; giving rise to many artistic creations; helping the circulation and dissemination of artists and works; increasing the initiatives that allow more people to participate in cultural activities and projects;
  • Capacity-building of artists: the Programme will help European artists and cultural and creative professionals move up to the European level by supporting (emerging) talents, skills development, innovation and the transnational creation and circulation of European works. Creative Europe will support platforms which increase the visibility and the circulation of European emerging artists and works in Europe and beyond. It will also support actions that promote the circulation of European literary works, thus allowing groupings of publishers and/or other partners from the book sector (booksellers, libraries, etc.) to foster cooperation between publishers and their partners and bring more impact on the local and national book ecosystem;
  • Key players and multipliers: the Programme will invest in activities that encourage the scaling up of Europe’s cultural and creative sectors at European and global levels, for instance by supporting their international presence, marketing and branding. It will support Europe-wide or international networks of organisations and individual artists that help developing creative capacities of artists and industry professionals; collect and disseminate data, information, practices, ideas and solutions; provide training and advices to professionals; represent the sectors at national and European level and advocate on their behalf on key sectoral issues.

From an operational point of view, the Programme will reinforce its sectoral approach: this is a new feature of the CULTURE strand of the Programme. Through this new approach, it will be possible to define more targeted annual sector-specific priorities for music, publishing, cultural heritage and architecture.

Furthermore, the Programme will continue the cooperation with international organisations active in the field of culture that bring added value to the achievement of the Programme's objectives, bringing in competence in specific areas to maximize the impact of the Programme's action.

Special actions

In 2021, the CULTURE strand of Creative Europe will continue to support the organisation of four yearly European prizes in the areas of music, literature, architecture and cultural heritage. The winners of the prizes will be from countries participating to the Creative Europe Programme.

European Capitals of Culture remain a flagship EU action with a positive effect on local economies and societies. Building on the exceptional cultural richness and great diversity of Europe and its cities and regions, this action aims in particular at increasing citizens' sense of belonging to a common cultural area and at fostering the contribution of culture to the long-term development of cities.

The European Heritage Label remains one of the most valuable EU initiatives to strengthen the European citizens’ sense of belonging to the Union, the focus on the European dimension of cultural heritage sites and the common values they represent being a distinctive feature of the action.

In 2021, the Programme foresees to initiate a special action supporting European cultural entities such as orchestras that aim at training and promoting young, high potential artists and have an inclusive approach with a large geographical coverage. This support shall complement horizontal and sectorial actions in particular in favour of entities whose specific added value lies in the special selection process of such artists and the encompassing training and performance opportunities offered to them.

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Perform EU
Description of call
"Perform EU"


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):

  1. Inclusion, diversity, and gender equality.
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. The development of a programme of support and assistance to the grant recipients including training, mentorship and capacity building.
  3. The maintenance and the development of the Perform Europe digital platform [1] in order to:
    1. collect data, explore, map and analyse how performing arts works are presented across borders
    2. foster networking and matchmaking and bring visibility to performing and distribution opportunities
  4. The development and the implementation of a communication, dissemination and branding strategy.
  5. 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)

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Thematic Focus Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation, Art & Culture, Cultural Heritage, History, Media, Digitisation, ICT, Telecommunication, Equal Rights, Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion, Community Integration, European Citizenship, Shared Services
Funding area EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Tunisia / تونس
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Tunisia / تونس
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, Public Services, Other, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Applicant details

In order to be eligible, the entities must be:

  • 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) or 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)
  • must have had a legal existence for at least 2 years on the date of the deadline for submission of applications.

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.

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 offerguarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.

Associations and interest groupings — 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).

Call opens 07.09.2022
Call closes 08.11.2022
Project duration max 36 months
Further info

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

mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):

  • CVs of the core project team (to be uploaded)
  • list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years) (template available in Part B)

Page limit - part B: 70 pages

Type of Funding Subsidies
Financial details

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).

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).

Submission Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System. Paper submissions are NOTpossible.
Contact Details The website of the  European Commission and the EExcutive Agency for Eduction, Audiovisual and Culture provides detailed infromation on the Creative Europe programme.

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