David McGillivray

Professor, interested in events, culture, digital participation & sport.


CulturEuro seminars (Spring/Summer)


Dear colleague,

The dates for the Spring / Summer round of CulturEuro seminars have now been announced – they are listed below, and on www.cultureuro.info.

Early bird offer: £20 discount if booked by end of JANUARY 2011

Did you know there are over 30 different EU funding programmes or schemes that have provided support for arts and culture projects and activities? This seminar will outline these opportunities and provide practical information, useful tips, and relevant contact details.

Geoffrey Brown has worked within the EU funding systems for 15 years, including 11 as the official EC Cultural Contact Point in the UK – now an independent consultant, he offers his insider knowledge, tips & contacts to help you identify opportunities and start developing your applications. Book online today at www.cultureuro.info

‘Great – speedy yet in depth presentation, with great tips on current initiatives and (unwritten) priorities – very up-to-date and worth hearing’
Brighton delegate, Autumn 10

There will be a special focus on the EU’s Culture programme (2007-2013) which has a budget of €400 million to encourage mobility and celebrate Europe’s cultural diversity. Statistics from the EC indicate that, from 2008-10, UK applications to the Culture programme had a 65-75% success rate – one of the highest success rates of any of the eligible countries.

You could join the list of more than 100 UK organisations have received EU funding – these include Brouhaha International, Henry Moore Institute, Arts Action York, Site Gallery, Circus Arts Forum, Border Crossings, English Heritage and Birmingham Conservatoire.

 The seminar will cover the following:

  • Background to the EU – brief history and its legal remit re culture
  • Detailed information on the EU trans-national funding programmes, including the Culture programme, and programmes for media, education, training and young people, as well as the citizens, environment, and research & development programmes
  • Detailed information on the EU Structural Funds, including Interreg IV, and possible new opportunities for rural areas due to changes in Common Agricultural Policy budgets.
  • Practical guidance on applying to the EU trans-national programmes, and finding partners

The seminars will also provide brief info on some non-EU opportunities, including European trusts and foundations, as well as other bursaries, grants and awards.

 Other comments from previous delegates include:

‘Great facilitator, very clear and knows his stuff’ – London delegate, Autumn 2010

‘Excellent pace and humour’ – Glasgow delegate, Autumn 2010

 The dates for the Spring / Summer Seminars 2011 are as follows, and all seminars run from 1.30-4.30pm

  • London – 02 February – UCL, Tottenham Court Road
  • Manchester – 03 February – Cornerhouse
  • Glasgow – 24 February – Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
  • Belfast – 22 March – Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • Newcastle – 24 March – Civic Centre
  • Liverpool – 05 April – Blackburne House
  • Leeds – 07 April – West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • Bristol – 19 April – Armada House
  • Birmingham – 05 May – CBSO Centre
  • Norwich – 17 May – The Garage
  • Brighton – 19 May – The Lighthouse
  • Plymouth – 31 May – University of Plymouth
  • Edinburgh – 02 June – Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Cardiff – 14 June – Local Government Data Unit
  • Nottingham – 16 June – Holiday Inn Express
  • London – 28 June – UCL, Tottenham Court Road
  • Manchester – 30 June – Cornerhouse

The seminars cost just £85 per person (£65 if booked before 31 January 2011) -there is no VAT charged on these events.

PLEASE NOTE: The UK Cultural Contact Point ( www.culturefund.eu ) will be running a free InfoDay in London in mid to late March, which will provide some similar information to that provided in these seminars.

For further information and to book online www.cultureuro.info

David McGillivray • January 10, 2011

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