Artists abroad – i-Portunus, the EU’s First Mobility Scheme for Culture

August 7, 2020
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i-Portunus was a short-term pilot project, selected and funded by the Creative Europe Programme (CEP) of the European Union, to trial a mobility scheme in 41 countries for A&CP (Artists and Culture Professionals) active in the Performing or Visual Arts. It was the first time the CEP put in place a scheme where A&CP were the direct target public, by supporting individual A&CP instead of organisations.

Between April and September 2019, i-Portunus issued 3 Calls for Applications and received over 2.500 applications from more than 3.000 individual A&CP requesting over 6.000.000 euros of mobility support, hence proving the need for artistic mobility. A team of eight international independent experts (four per discipline) evaluated the applications. 337 individual A&CP were supported for demand-led opportunities for an amount of 620.933 euros. As a result of the mobility 97% of selected A&CP acquired new skills/knowledge, 94% developed new audiences/outlets, 94% developed new coproductions/creations, and 49% received a job offer. This is a most impressive impact considering the limited financial support provided by the EU, e.g. only 1.500 to 3,400 euros per individual.

This final report gives a comprehensive overview of the objectives of the project and the results achieved.

i-portunus report
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