EU backs UK arts to tune of 40 million euros

New report shows 240 projects funded in 2 years


More than 200 cultural projects have received support from Creative Europe, the EU’s cultural support programme.

A new report shows that the programme has backed 230 UK cultural, creative and audiovisual organisations and films, with grants totalling €40 million during its first two years (2014 – 2015).

Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme supports cultural activities and literary translation.  In the past two years, 95 cultural, creative and heritage organisations in the UK have benefited from grants of €11.3 million.

Creative Europe's MEDIA sub-programme invested €28.5 million in the UK's audiovisual sector to support film, television and video games. 82 UK audio-visual companies, 53 UK cinemas and the cinema distribution of 84 UK films in other European countries have also been funded under this part of the programme.

According to the report, about £7.2 million of Creative Europe funding has been spent on theatre projects involving UK companies – either as lead or partner organisations. This includes funding for schemes with the Royal Opera House, London International Festival of Theatre and Welsh National Opera.

Cooperation Projects is the Culture sub-programme’s largest funding pot and it encourages organisations across Europe to work together on collaborative projects. The report found that:

  • In 2014, 39 UK creative, cultural and heritage organisations received €5.4 million as Cooperation Project partners or leads. In 2015, 45 UK organisations shared €4.4 million.
  • 47% of all Cooperation Projects supported across Europe involved organisations from the UK.

The London Symphony Orchestra, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Artsadmin, YDance: Scottish Youth Dance, Crafts Council and Tate have all benefitted from Creative Europe grants. Around 20% of supported organisations are higher education institutions, such as the Royal College of Art and the University of Ulster.

European Platforms is a scheme which focusses on audience development and emerging talent.  Eleven UK organisations became involved in these collaborative platforms, which include Aerowaves for emerging dance artists and young choreographers and Literary Europe Live, led by Aberystwyth University’s Literature Across Frontiers, for emerging European literary creators.

Four UK publishers were awarded a total of €165,000 from Creative Europe to translate 19 European titles into English and publish them in the UK: Quercus Editions (MacLehose Press), Peirene Press, Istros Books and Harvill Secker (Random House).

From 2014-2020, the EU is investing €1.46 billion in the creative industries through Creative Europe. Match funding is required by participating organisations. Applications are evaluated by a committee of independent experts from the arts, culture and heritage sectors.


In each country that takes part in Creative Europe, there is an information and promotion office. In the UK, it is led by the British Council and the British Film Institute,  with offices in  London, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast.

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