Creative Europe impact on UK bigger than €74m spend
Two reports out today show that since 2014 the European art development fund, Creative Europe, has spent €74m on 334 UK-based organisations and companies and helped distribute 145 British films in other European countries, but the impact has been worth far more.
The Creative Europe in the UK 2017 results report also says the UK’s audio-visual, creative and cultural industries received €16.6m in 2017, and organisations benefitting included Sadler’s Wells, Opera North, Abandon Normal Devices, Hay Festival of Literature & Arts, Xpo North, and Fitzcarraldo Editions (the publishing house behind the winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize).
Main image shows Candoco Dance Company. Credit Pedro Machado
There was also €12.8m for the UK’s film, TV and video game industries in 2017, from Creative Europe's media sub-programme, to 43 UK companies, 46 UK cinemas in the Europa Cinemas network and to support the distribution of 52 UK films elsewhere in Europe.
But key findings from a second report, Impact of Creative Europe in the UK by Drew Wylie with the support of Creative Europe Desk UK, shows Creative Europe’s value to the UK is more than just grant funding, supporting UK creative and cultural industries to grow, build international networks, generate jobs and skills, grow audiences and markets, experiment, up-skill, and meet meaningful social objectives locally and internationally.
Culture projects have more than doubled their Creative Europe grants, generating over €20 million in match-funding, while media beneficiaries in the UK leveraged match-funding worth nearly €120m.
One of the case studies highlighted in the Wylie report is Candoco, the dance company for able and disabled dancers, which worked with six other European companies under Creative Europe’s Moving Beyond Inclusion. "Without the Creative Europe funding, we simply wouldn’t have been able to run the project, and it would have taken many smaller-scale projects over a much longer period of time to achieve the same kind of impacts that we’re seeing now” Joanne Lyons, Candoco’s general manager, is quoted as saying.