Perform Europe is a funding scheme for the European performing arts sector, supporting sustainable, inclusive, balanced and innovative collaboration projects of partners across the 40 Creative Europe countries. Particular attention is given to projects which work with and include underrepresented areas or groups in these Creative Europe countries(1).
The Perform Europe Open Call will be launched in late 2023. The call will stay open for five months. A minimum of three partners from three Creative Europe countries is required for each partnership application, presenting a minimum of one artistic work.
Perform Europe will grant €2,1 million to a minimum of 35 successful partnership applicants. The maximum grant available for each selected applicant will be €60.000(2).
Grants will be divided into three categories:
5% of the total funding will be dedicated towards collaborative projects which involve partnership with Ukrainian partners and/or support initiatives for the Ukrainian performing arts sector.
Perform Europe will offer various information, promotion and knowledge sharing events in connection to the open call.
(1) The 40 Creative Europe countries are the 27 EU member states as well as the non-EU participating countries stipulated on this list.
(2) A criteria stipulated by the European Union in the Call for Proposal to run Perform Europe.
Perform Europe is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and co-initiated by a Consortium of 6 organisations:
IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts is one of the oldest and largest international cultural networks, representing the voice of over 500 professionals, organisations and institutions working in all the fields of the performing arts, including theatres and arts centres, festivals, performing companies, curators and programmers, producers, art councils and associations from more than 50 countries worldwide.
The European Festivals Association (EFA) is a community dedicated to the arts, the artists and the audiences. EFA’s main role is to connect festival makers to inform, inspire and enrich the festival landscape in Europe and beyond. In this perspective, EFA is a festivals’ service and a knowledge and training provider, developing a WE-story of people and organisations, bridging the distance between festivals and all kinds of stakeholders around festival making.
Circostrada is the European Network for Circus and Street Arts. It was created in 2003 and counts over 140 members coming from more than 40 countries. Its core mission is to further the development, empowerment and recognition of these fields at European and international level. Circostrada supports circus and street arts professionals by implementing a wide-range of capacity building initiatives, boosting professional exchange, gathering information and resources, fostering continuous training, innovation and knowledge-sharing.
EDN - European Dancehouse Network, established as a legal association in 2009, is a network for trust and cooperation between European dancehouses in sharing a common vision regarding the development of dance art across borders. In May 2020, EDN counted 45 members in 26 countries. Its key mission is to cooperate in securing a sustainable future for the dance sector and to improve relevance for diverse dance among society.
IDEA Consult provides independent advice to organisations and governments at all levels: local, intermediate, regional, federal and European. Their "Thinking Ahead" baseline reflects IDEA's unique value proposition: committed professionals involved in society and well connected with research institutions; evidence-based advice: applied research, based on validated techniques; sustainable solutions for actual social challenges.
Pearle* joined the consortium in 2023 for the relaunch of the project.