The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor is a new tool to monitor and assess the performance of 'Cultural and Creative Cities' in Europe vis-à-vis their peers using both quantitative and qualitative data.

The quantitative information is captured in 29 indicators relevant to nine dimensions reflecting three major facetsof the cultural, social and economic vitality of cities:

The European Digital City Index (EDCi) describes how well different European cities support digital entrepreneurship.

It was produced by Nesta as part of the European Digital Forum, which exists to support digital entrepreneurship and digital startups across Europe. The European Digital Forum is run in collaboration with the European Commission's Startup Europe initiative.

The internet offers digital spaces that can connect creators and service or content providers with consumers, and with new work, business or financing possibilities. In the sphere of arts and culture, this offers new opportunities for fundraising for events and projects, and for developing collaborative projects among artists, sometimes with public participation. Press read more and find out what the view of the European Parliament is on crowdfunding and crowdsourcing for the cultural and creative industries in Europe.

The Study “Assessing the potential for crowdfunding and other forms of alternative finance to support research and innovation” was initiated by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD) in December 2015.

The study, aimed at delivering thorough, holistic picture on the potential of crowdfunding to improve access to risk finance in the EU for, in particular SMEs and midcaps, revolves around three main objectives: is for creative, performing and teaching artists from different disciplines, for auxiliary professions in the performing arts, and for heritage specialists. already helps to guide students during their study in the business aspect of their future field of work. The site also offers practical information for graduates about starting their own professional practice as freelancers or in paid employment. is a website of the Amsterdam University of the Arts.

The European Creative Business Network (ECBN) is a unique not for profit foundation, founded in 2011, promoting the interests of the cultural creative industries in Europe. Our 26 industry defining members, currently stemming from 13 EU countries ,are leading agencies, hubs, centres and intermediaries for the cultural creative industries on local, regional and/or national level. Together, we account for approx 70% of the workforce in cultural creative industries in Europe.

The Enterprise Europe Network is the world's largest support network for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) with international ambitions. It has 3,000 experts across 600 member organisations in more than 60 countries. Member organisations include chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, and research institutes.

The cultural sector thrives on exchanges, collaborations and the exchange of ideas. Facing limited resources and complex social, political and legal environments, cultural organisations and professionals are continuous innovators. And – if there is a problem, chances are that someone out there did already find with a solution.

The European Crowdfunding Network AISBL (ECN) is the professional network promoting adequate transparency, (self) regulation and governance while offering a combined voice in policy discussion and public opinion building,  incorporated as an international not-for-profit organisation in Brussels, Belgium.


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