Rebuilding Europe: Charting a Resilient Renaissance in the Cultural and Creative Industries [2021 Study]

Rebuilding Europe: Charting a Resilient Renaissance in the Cultural and Creative Industries [2021 Study]

Have you ever wondered how Europe is bouncing back from the pandemic’s blow, especially in its vibrant cultural and creative industries (CCIs)? Well, it’s a story worth telling, and it’s all about rebuilding Europe in a way that’s both innovative and rooted in rich cultural heritage. This EY 2021 study is a real eye-opener and aligns perfectly with our mission in the Building Talent project. So, let’s dive in and see how Europe is turning the tide!

The Pulse Pre-Pandemic: A Snapshot of Success

Before COVID-19 reared its ugly head, Europe’s CCIs weren’t just doing well – they were thriving! Let’s break it down:

  • Turnover Triumph: With a whopping €643 billion in turnover and a total added value of €253 billion in 2019, the Cultural and Creative Industries were no small fry. They even outpaced sectors like telecom and pharmaceuticals.
  • Growth Galore: From 2013 to 2019, CCI revenues skyrocketed by €93 billion, a stunning 17% growth.
  • Employment Extravaganza: Over 7.6 million Europeans were employed in the sector, showing a robust 10% job growth since 2013.

The COVID-19 Calamity: A Tough Pill to Swallow

Then came the pandemic, which hit the creative sectors hard! Here’s the lowdown:

  • Revenue Rollercoaster: Revenues took a nosedive by 31%, plummeting to €444 billion in 2020.
  • Sectors in Sorrow: Performing arts and music were the hardest hit, with declines of 90% and 76%, respectively. Yet, video games bucked the trend, growing by 9%.

Rebuilding Europe: Rising from the Ashes

It’s not all doom and gloom, though. The rebuilding effort is in full swing, and there’s a lot to be optimistic about:

  • Funding and Investment: The call for substantial public and private investment is loud and clear. It’s all hands on deck to rejuvenate these industries.
  • Embracing Diversity: Europe’s cultural tapestry is its strength. Leveraging this diversity is key to rebuilding and reimagining the future of CCIs.
  • Sustainable and Social: The focus isn’t just on economic recovery. It’s about using CCIs as a catalyst for social and environmental change.

The Road to Recovery: A Blueprint for Action

If you are wondering what’s the plan, here’s a peek at the strategies being rolled out:

  1. Boost Public Funding: A series of public funds are injected into the economy to kickstart the recovery of the sector to get those creative juices flowing again.
  2. Private Sector Partnership: Collaboration is the name of the game. Private entities are stepping up, bringing innovation and fresh perspectives.
  3. Digital Transformation: With a shift to online platforms, CCIs are adapting to the new normal. It’s digital or bust!
  4. Sustainable Practices: Going green isn’t just a trend; it’s a necessity. The focus is on eco-friendly practices that ensure long-term viability.

Leveraging Lessons for the Future

Looking ahead, there’s a lot to learn from this ordeal. The rebuilding of Europe isn’t just about bouncing back; it’s about jumping forward with lessons learned and new strategies in place.

  • Resilience and Adaptability: If there’s one thing this crisis taught us, it’s the power of adaptability. Europe’s CCIs are retooling to be more resilient than ever.
  • Innovation as the Engine of Growth: Innovation isn’t just a buzzword; it’s the lifeline of these industries. Expect to see groundbreaking ideas and creative solutions as standard operating procedures.
  • Community and Collaboration: It’s all about coming together. Strengthening community ties and fostering collaboration are pivotal in this journey.

Conclusion

Rebuilding Europe isn’t just about repairing what was lost; it’s an opportunity to reinvent, reimagine, and revitalize a vital sector of the European economy. The EY study shed light on the path forward, and initiatives like “Rebuilding Europe” are essential resources in this journey. As we march ahead, we must remember that every challenge is an opportunity in disguise.

Ready to Dive Deeper? For a full overview of how Europe’s cultural and creative industries are reinventing themselves post-pandemic, download the complete EY 2021 study. It’s packed with insights, data, and strategies shaping these vibrant sectors’ future. Just click here to get your hands on this invaluable resource. Don’t miss out on this comprehensive guide to Europe’s resilient rebirth!

For more information about the “Rebuilding Europe” initiative, visit the official website.

Here is the presentation of EY’s Rebuilding Europe study during the Rebuilding Europe: what happens next? Webinar last year.

Building Talent: Newsletter #3

Empowering Young Artists in the Cultural & Creative Sectors – Newsletter #3

Dear Creative Minds,


The world of art and creativity is a vibrant and ever-evolving realm that enriches our lives in countless ways. However, the path to becoming a successful artist is not always straightforward, especially for young talents. Considering the challenges posed by the pandemic and persistently high unemployment rates in the European Union, we are excited to introduce an initiative that seeks to empower emerging artists and harness their full potential. Allow us to present the “Building Talent” project. The project responds to the challenges faced by young artists following the pandemic and the steadily high unemployment rates in the EU. It creates a scheme that will support young artists from 18 to 30 years old to increase their employability in the long term by building connections to the cultural & creative Sectors through educational frameworks.

Exciting Opportunity for Aspiring Artists in Latvia, Belgium, and Greece: Application Deadline Extended

We are delighted to announce that the application deadline for the “Building Talent” open call for trainees has been extended, bringing great news to aspiring artists from Latvia, Belgium, and Greece. This extension grants additional opportunities to embark on a transformative journey designed to professionalize and empower emerging artists, especially those who confront social and economic challenges or come from marginalized backgrounds

What Awaits You with “Building Talent”

The “Building Talent” initiative serves as a comprehensive support system for young artists, offering a diverse range of resources and experiences to foster their professional growth. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store:

  • Five In-Depth Workshops: Covering an array of topics, from self-entrepreneurship for artists to effectively leveraging the skills acquired during training.
  • Tailored Mentoring Sessions: Four mentoring sessions per country (Belgium, Greece, and Latvia) personalized to provide dedicated guidance to emerging artists as they navigate their unique professional paths.
  • Networking Opportunities: An unparalleled chance to connect with field experts, museum professionals, established artists, and gallery personnel, expanding your horizons and building valuable connections

Who Can Apply?

Emerging artists between 18 and 30 years old currently residing in Latvia, Belgium, or Greece. Your ambition, passion, and drive to grow professionally will be crucial factors during the application review.

Click Here to Apply to the Building Talent Training

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Announcement: Extension of the “Building Talent” Open Call for Trainees Deadline!

Good news for all emerging artists between the ages of 18 and 30 from Latvia, Belgium, and Greece! We are thrilled to announce that the deadline for the “Building Talent” open call for trainees has been extended. This gives you an additional opportunity to be a part of a transformative journey that aims to foster the professionalization of young artists, especially those from marginalized groups or facing social and economic challenges.

The “Building Talent” project is designed to support young artists’ professional development through workshops, mentoring sessions, and hands-on experiences. This initiative not only aids artists in honing their skills but also provides insights to field professionals about the needs of artists entering the creative industry.

What’s on Offer?

  • A series of 5 workshops covering topics from self-entrepreneurship for artists to capitalizing on skills learned during training.
  • 4 mentoring sessions per country (Belgium, Greece, Latvia) tailored to support emerging artists in their professional journey.
  • An opportunity to interact with field experts, museum professionals, artists, and gallery employees.

Who Can Apply?

Emerging artists between 18 and 30 years old currently residing in Latvia, Belgium, or Greece. Your ambition, passion, and drive to grow professionally will be crucial factors during the application review.

How to Apply?

Submit your application with the necessary details, including a motivational letter detailing your background, education, and experience in the field, as well as a portfolio showcasing your work.

Extended Application Deadline: September 15, 2023

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to enhance your technical and soft skills, gain hands-on experience, and understand what employers in the creative industry seek.

For any queries, feel free to reach out to us.

Contacts

Hugo Falgaronne
Project Manager
Belgium
hugo@innovation-4society.com

Evija Dambrovska
Project manager
Latvia
evija@noass.lv

Dimitra Dalamagka
Project manager
Greece
ddalamagka@ied.eu

Our Upcoming Workshop and the Findings of our Desktop Research - Newsletter #2

Our Upcoming Workshop and the Findings of our Desktop Research – Newsletter #2

The Building Talent project aims to reinforce artists as the most significant actors in the Cultural & Creative Sectors to increase their economic potential and competitiveness by developing skills and creating connections with those already experienced actors in the field.

The project responds to the challenges faced by young artists following the pandemic and the steadily high unemployment rates in the EU. It creates a scheme that will support young artists from 18 to 30 years old to increase their employability in the long term by building connections to the Cultural & Creative Sectors through educational frameworks.

Our Latest Activities

The Building Talent programme offers a series of 5 workshops and 4 mentoring sessions of 1 day in each country (Belgium, Greece, Latvia) to support emerging artists in their professional development.

After reviewing the applications received, young artists will be selected for each country and will benefit from a hands-on approach to developing their careers.

The workshops will be delivered in September 2023.

Application Deadline: 15/8/2023

Research on Needs – Results

Building Talent Consortium conducted desk research and quantitative research for information on the economic status of artists and the state of the cultural sector at the macro level. The research was complemented by the implementation of open discussions with young and/or successful artists and cultural professionals conducted in each partner country following guidelines designed by the Belgian project partner CreaD.

A number of needs have been recognized, some of which appear to be very recurrent, while others appear to be more marginal.

The results show that it is essential to provide young artists with financial and economic management skills of their activities, which they have not learned or have learned little about during their artistic training.

Other skills, such as the managerial management of their activities or those relating to the digital aspects of their work (presentation of their work, networking, etc.) appeared to be crucial to an independent professional artistic activity and often cruelly lacking among the artists interviewed, who were condemned to learn these skills “on the job” for want of anything better.

The results and data collected helped partners to shape the Building Talent training material.

To access the newsletter, click on the following link: https://building-talent.eu/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/Building-Talent_Newsletter_July-2023-1.pdf.

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Building Talent: Open Call for Trainees

Building Talent: Open Call for Trainees

The “Building Talent” project aims to respond to employment challenges by creating a scheme that will support young artists (aged 18 to 30 years old) to foster their professionalisation by enabling them to develop self-employment skills in the long term through educational frameworks.

Among the direct target group, the participation of young artists from marginalised groups or facing social and economic difficulties will be encouraged and favoured. The consortium will support the participants with custom-made seminars and workshops with field experts, museum professionals, artists, and gallery employees. Simultaneously, the experts will have the chance to be fully informed on today’s inequalities in the art world and ways to diversify their workforces.

The Building Talent programme offers a series of 5 workshops and 4 mentoring sessions of 1 day each per country (Belgium, Greece, Latvia) to support emerging artists in their professional development.

10 young artists will be selected for each country after reviewing the applications received, will benefit from a hands-on approach to developing their career, while the field professionals will learn more about the needs of artists to enter the creative industry, allowing a real understanding of both ends: from the employer’s and the job seeker’s points of view.

Our Mission

The cultural operators of this project (NOASS, Creative District, IED and STOC) have all been active in the Creative Industries for over 15 years and are now joining forces to provide qualitative support to young artists through the Building Talent programme.

All partners’ values revolve around the support of emerging artists through social and educational frameworks, enhancing inclusivity and durability in the Creative Industries.

The Cultural sector was the most affected by the COVID-19 economic crisis and the pandemic. Because of the rise of unemployment, instability and insecurity in the Cultural field, Europe prioritises the Creative and Cultural Industries in its support schemes.

Our Programme

Informative Session #1

An information session for arts and cultural sector experts to introduce them to the Building Talent project

Workshop #1: Introduction to Self-entrepreneurship for Artists

In this first training, participants will be introduced to the main concepts of self-entrepreneurship for artists. They will understand the challenges and opportunities related to the art industry and the benefits of self-entrepreneurship for artists.

Workshop #2: Cash Flow and Financial Management

Participants will learn the basic financial skills to effectively manage their personal and business finances as a self-employed artist. They will understand how to monitor and forecast their cash flow, set up a budget, and track their income and expenses.

Workshop #3: Developing Digital Skills in the Context of Promoting their artistic activities

Participants will learn the essential digital skills to promote their artistic activity online, develop their audience, sell their works, and improve their presence on social networks.

Workshop #4: Skills for Presenting and Marketing One’s Artistic Activity, Online and in Person

Participants will learn how to develop their personal brand and effectively market their art online, through social networks and networking. They will be able to create and present their work in a professional manner, build their network of contacts and maximise opportunities to sell and promote their art.

Workshop #5: How to Capitalise on the Skills Learnt During the Training

Participants will learn how to use and generate income from one’s artistic activity. Participants will learn how to use the skills learned in the different training sessions to generate income from their artistic activity. They will be able to create monetisation strategies adapted to their artistic style and target audience.

Tailor-made seminars and mentoring sessions will be offered to candidates in order to provide them
with support adapted to their career path and to their needs.

Who Can Apply to the Open Call

Any emerging artist between 18 and 30 years old currently living in one of the participating countries: Latvia, Belgium or Greece. Of course, the applicant’s ambition and will to grow professionally are necessary and will be examined carefully throughout the application.

How to Apply

Apply with official data – by filling out the application form below:

Also include a motivational letter stating your background, education and experience in the
field, as well as a portfolio presenting your work.

A Unique Opportunity… With Long Term Benefits

  • Increase your hard / technical skills and knowledge of tools through a hands-on experience
  • Benefit from mentoring sessions tailored to your specific needs
  • Enhance your soft skills and learn to “sell yourself” for better chances of employment
  • Understand what employers are looking for and how your activity can make their
    companies grow

Required of You

Every selected participant is engaged to take part in the integrality of the program and attend all live sessions.

Application Deadline

Only applications received before 15/08/23 at 11:59 pm will be processed by the jury in charge of the admission of participants.

Contacts

BELGIUM

LATVIA

GREECE

Hugo Falgaronne
Project Manager
hugo@innovation-4society.com

Evija Dambrovska
Project manager
evija@noass.lv

Dimitra Dalamagka
Project manager
ddalamagka@ied.eu

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Our Activities, Goals and Partners – Newsletter #1

The Building Talent project aims to reinforce artists as the most significant actors in the Cultural & Creative Sectors into increasing their economic potential and competitiveness by developing skills and creating connections to already experienced actors in the field.

The project responds to the challenges faced by young artists following the pandemic and the steadily high unemployment rates in the EU. It creates a scheme that will support young artists from 18 to 30 years old to increase their employability in the long term by building connections to the Cultural & Creative Sectors through educational frameworks.

Activities

Goals

Building Talent is a European project that empowers young artists to survive in the Cultural & Creative Sectors. It cultivates innovative techniques and skills related to employment while at the same time, it raises among the experts of the sector the barriers that a career is accompanied with.

The following goals will be fulfilled:

  1. Highlight the importance art and the CCS have on local and european economy.
  2. Support the art world professionals and further diffuse their work to younger generations.
  3. Enhance expert’s inside knowledge sharing on innovative aspects of the work in the CCS.

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