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The main tool of communication for professionals in culture across all disciplines. It publishes news on grant calls, job and collaboration offers, interesting events such as conferences, new publications, and cultural and political news. Other Culturnet features include a directory of Czech cultural entities and portals, a database of professional literature on cultural policy and management, and a database of projects presenting sources of inspiration for the preparation of international projects in particular.
Artists in residence ATI
Residency stays are intended mainly (but not only) for fine artists. The places of residency stays are located all over the world and change from time to time. In organising residency stays abroad, ATI collaborates mainly with Czech Centres. It also organises residency stays of foreign artists in the Czech Republic, mostly in cooperation with MeetFactory and the Centre for Contemporary Art Futura.
SoundCzech connects music professionals with the international scene. This portal provides information in Czech and English.
PerformCzech connects theatre, dance and new circus professionals with the international scene. This portal provides information in Czech and English.
This web directory brings news on the life of different cultures in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Detailed online information on labour law, corporate legal forms, social security, taxes, copyright, and insurance in Austria. A tool for Austrian artists and creatives working abroad as well as those coming to work in Austria.
Focus: information and advice, funding, taxes, social security, copyright, transport and customs duties, visas and residence, all disciplines
Consultations and information meetings for the public concerning legal and business matters for creative professionals in Belgium. Detailed online information for foreign artists in Belgium, e.g. information on visas, work permits, social security, taxes, the status of artist, customs duties, etc.
Focus: information and advice, taxes, Social security, copyright, transport and customs duties, visas and residence, residency stays, all disciplines.
Online information for theatre professionals in Finland: A guide for theatre production and mobility. This tool provides advice on the production of theatre plays and peformances abroad.
Topics: budget, contracts, copyright, communication, touring, etc.
Focus: informatio, funding, taxes, copyright, performing arts.
Individual consultancy and courses as well as online information for artists and creatives coming to France; information on procedures to follow when working in France.
Topics: visas and residence permits, social scurity, work permits, taxes, insurance, etc.
Focus: information and advice, taxes, social security, insurance, visas and residence permits, all disciplines.
DutchCulture Mobility Info Point
Consultancy services concerning international projects for creatives in the Netherlands. Individual sessions, workshops and online information for foreign artists and professionals in culture who operate in the Netherlands as well as for cultural organisations collaborating with foreign artists.
Topics: visas and residence permits, work permits, social security, taxes, etc.
Focus: information and advice, funding, taxes, social security, visas and residence permits, residency stays, all disciplines.
Polo Cultural Gaivotas | Boavista - Loja Lisboa Cultura (Lisbon Culture Bureau)
Lisbon Culture Bureau is an information service that helps professionals and organisations engaged in culture to settle legal and administrative matters related to funding and international mobility. Online information for foreign artists and organisations active in Portugal is currently available on the topices of visas, residence permits, and social protection.
Focus: information and advice, funding, residency stays, exchange and networking, social security, visas and residence permits, all disciplines.
Wales Arts International
advice and support for artists and organisations in Wales working abroad. A point of contact for international artists and arts organisations working in Wales; provision of information, offer of collaboration and projects, funding, and networking.
Focus: information and advice, funding, exchange and networking, residency stays, all disciplines.
EACEA - Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is entrusted by the European Commission with implementing (funding) programmes and activities in the fields of education, culture, audiovisual, sports, citizenship, and volunteering.
The website offers an overview of EU funding opportunities in these areas and detailed information related to programmes Creative Europe, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, etc.
Focus: information and advice, support.
EURES. The European Job Mobility Portal
An information portal on job mobility in the EU. It provides information on living and working in EU countries (in the form of a guide) and offers services for both employees and employers, along with opportunities for further learning and development.
Focus: information, work, education and further training.
European Commission – DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
The website offers information on coordination of social security within the EU, on social inclusion and protection, working in another EU countriy, the labour law, etc. There is also country-specific information on pensions, unemployment benefits, family allowances, etc.
Focus: information, work, social security.
Your Europe a Your Europa Advice
The website Your Europe provides information on basic rights under EU law and on how these rights are implemented in individual EU countries. It also provides information on education and work, residence formalities, health care, etc.
The team of independent legal experts of Your Europe Advice provides free and personalised consulting on European law and on consumer rights.
Focus: information and advice, European law, state administration.
Learning Opportunities and Qualifications in Europe (PLOTEUS)
This portal provides information on education and training opportunities within the EU. It collects links to universities and academies, education databases, training institutions, and adult education courses. It also provides information on individual countries (e.g. on the legal framework for work and studies, the costs of living and accommodation, Social security, and taxes).
Focus: information, education and further training.
SOLVIT can help in cases where public authorities breach EU rights of a citizen or a business in another EU country. Frequent issues include recognition of professional qualification, VAT refunds, visas and residence rights. SOLVIT is a free online service provided by the state administration in each EU country as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. SOLVIT centres can be found in each country.
Focus: information and advice, EU administration.
Circostrada - European Network Circus and Street Arts
Circostrada is a European network for street art and contemporary circus. The network focuses on exchange of information and professionals as well as on the development and structure of circus and street art in Europe. Circostrada also supports artistic activities through observations, documentation, training, expertise, research, and publishing.
Focus: performing arts, exchange and networking, information and advice, research.
CLEISS - Centre des Liaisons Européennes et Internationales de Sécurité Sociale
CLEISS is a French assistance service for coordination of national social security systems in the context of international mobility. It acts as an intermediary between French organisations and foreign social security institutions, individuals and businesses, and provides information on the French social security system.
Focus: social security, information and advice, cultural policy.
Compendium. Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe
This website offers cultural policy profiles of more than 40 countries and provides information on the development of the cultural sector of each country as well as statistics.
Focus: cultural policy, information.
Creative Europe Desk
Creative Europe Desks are national contact points for the EU CREATIVE EUROPE cultural programme. They provide detailed information on the programme (and on other funding opportunities in the cultural and media sector from EU funds) and assistance with filing of applications, organisation of seminars, etc.
Focus: information and advice, database, funding, cultural policy.
Culturebase.net is a database and a source of information on international artists. It focuses on promoting international art and cultural exchange, documenting the work of international artists, and providing information on projects.
Focus: exchange and networking, information and advice, database, fine arts, performing arts.
Culture Action Europe
Culture Action Europe is a cultural political interest group supporting the European cultural sector in EU institutions and in national governments of the EU Member States.
Focus: cultural policy, information and advice, exchange.
EEPAP - East European Performing Arts Platform
East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre) in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The website provides information on events, artists, choreographers, publications, etc.
Focus: information, exchange and networking, performing arts.
ECA - European Council of Artists
European Council of Artists is an inter-disciplinary umbrella organisation of European the artists' associations makes the needs of the artists visible before EU political bodies.
Focus: cultural policy, exchange and networking.
ECAS - European Citizens Action Service
CAS helps EU citizens exercise their rights and promotes open decision-making processes. It offers consultancy and research services and building of capacities for civil society organisations.
Focus: information and advice, cultural policy.
ECF - European Cultural Foundation
European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is a supporting body that establishes and supports cultural exchange and creative expression in a broader European context and brings together visionary experts in the area of culture. Its agenda includes grants and exchange programmes, idea camps, etc.
Focus: exchange and networking, support, cultural policy.
Europäisches Institut für progressive Kulturpolitik
European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies focuses on intensive interconnection of professionals in culture and inter-disciplinary cooperation. It supports discourses on arts and instruments of cultural policy.
Focus: cultural policy.
ELIA - European League of Institutes of the Arts
ELIA is an independent network organisation for higher arts education which promotes the interests of its members. Its aim is to strengthen the position of arts and higher arts education at regional, national, European and international levels. ELIA puts emphasise on the value of arts education and research, thus striving to enhance the conditions in which higher arts education can flourish.
Focus: cultural policy, research, information and advice.
a network of European media organisations. Its programmes aim at supporting collaboration between European media and art organisations and media artists. Its agenda includes media art events, AiR programmes, etc.
Focus: exchange and networking, residency stays, support.
ENCATC – European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres
ENCAT is a European network of organisations and individuals engaged in education in cultural management and cultural policy. It offers a platform for exchange and collaboration and represents the interests of its members at EU institutions, national governments and UNESCO. It also supports the mobility of its members.
Focus: exchange and networking, support, research, information.
ENCC - European Network of Cultural Centres
European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) is a European network uniting international networks of cultural centres. Its various programs are designed to promote exchange of knowledge between cultural centres, the development and organisation of national networks, etc.
Focus: exchange and networking, support, information.
ERICarts - European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research
ERICarts is an independent organisation that carries out comparative cultural research and monitoring of cultural policy in cooperation with experts from more than 40 European countries.
Focus: cultural policy, research.
ETC - European Theatre Convention
EuropeanTheatreConvention (ETC) is a network encouraging international exchange of ideas, persons and performances among its members. It supports the creation of new plays and joint projects and explores and strengthens the role of theatre in Europe.
Focus: exchange and networking, funding, performing arts.
EUNIC - European Union National Institutes for Culture
EUNIC is a network of European national institutes of culture. The network represents common interests towards the EU institutions and, as a learning network, provides support to its members.
Focus: exchange and networking, information and cultural services, cultural policy.
EVA - European Visual Artists
European Visual Artists (EVA) advocates the interests of the European collective societies representing European fine artists. It takes care of copyrights of creators of fine art, illustrations, photography, design, architecture, and other visual works.
Focus: copyright, fine arts, cultural policy.
IAA Europe - International Association of Art Europe
International Association of Art (IAA) Europe is a network of about 40 member-organisations of fine artists in Europe. It aims at supporting international artistic exchange and discussions on relevant issues related to working conditions, social security systems, copyright etc.
Focus: fine arts, exchange and networking.
IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts
The International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, IETM, is a network of more than 500 organisations and individuals working in contemporary performing arts worldwide, whether in theatre, dance, circus, interdisciplinary live art forms or new media. It serves as an umbrella for publications and research projects, facilitates communication and distribution of information, and advocates the value of performing arts.
Focus: information and advice, exchange and networking, performing arts.
IFACCA - International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies
The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is a network of arts councils and ministries of culture, with member organisations in more than 80 countries. It provides services, information and sources related to various topics to member organisations and their staff.
Focus: cultural policy, information and advice, exchange and networking.
Collections Mobility is an information website aimed at facilitating the mobility of objects among museums of all EU Member States. This is conducted b the Institute for Museum Research together with NEMO, the Network of European Museum Organisations. Museum professionals are provided with a handbook, training materials, documents, and information on legislation, and they also have the opportunity to undergo training.
Focus: information and advice, support.
MISSOC - Mutual Information System on Social Protection
The Mutual Information System on Social Protection, MISSOC, promotes exchange of information on social protection among the EU Member States. It is a central knowledge and information base for public authorities, professional users and European citizens, providing up-to-date information on social protection legislation (a database including country-specific information), advantages and conditions in all participating countries.
Focus: social security, information and advice, database.
NEMO - Network of European Museum Organisations
NEMO is a network of national museum organisations representing museums of the member states of the Council of Europe. It provides its members with information on the EU policy on culture and museums, enables networking, and offers international exchange, training courses and webinars on various topics related to the museum sector.
Focus: exchange and networking, information and advice, cultural policy.
On the Move
On the Move (OTM) is a cultural mobility information network with more than 30 member-organisations in Europe and elsewhere. The network facilitates international cultural mobility and provides detailed information (open calls, events, political news, studies, etc.) on its website. OTM compiles guidelines and studies on mobility issues, organises workshops and trainings for its members, and serves as a contact point for the European Commission.
Focus: exchange and networking, information and advice, research.
Pearle* - Live Performance Europe
Pearle* is a European federation associating about 7,000 organisations within the performing arts and music sector across Europe. Its serves as a forum for the exchange of information related directly to the work of its members, for sharing experience in cultural management and technical skills, for supporting and assisting in the founding of employers’ associations, etc. It also acts as a representative in talks with the European Commission and other authorities.
Focus: performing arts, exchange and networking, information and advice, cultural policy.
The Sculpture Network is a European platform for three-dimensional art. With currently 1,000 members in 40 countries it supports and promotes contemporary sculpture. It aims at improving the working conditions of sculptors and at supporting the recognition of the social relevance of three-dimensional art. It organises projects, international symposia, regional meetings as well as exhibitions of its members.
Focus: support, fine arts, exchange and networking.
Trans Europe Halles
Trans Europe Halles (TEH) is a European network of cultural centres. Its mission is to strengthen sustainable development of non-governmental cultural centres, and to connect, support and promote new initiatives. It facilitates international cooperation, provides opportunities for learning and sharing, and promotes the practice, impact and value of arts and culture.
Focus: exchange and networking, education and training.