Describe the main features of the policy/measure:
i-Portunus is an EU scheme funded by the Creative Europe programme since 2019 speciifically to support the mobility of artists, creators and cultural professionals among 41 countries participating in the Creative Europe programme. Mobility grants are awarded based on individuals’ projects aiming at international collaborations, professional development, co-production and co-creation. The i-Portunus website also provides details of other artists’ mobility opportunities, reports and innovative initiatives. i-Portunus is currently a pilot initiative and will be mainstreamed into the EU’s Creative Europe programme as of 2022.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?:
The 337 artists, creators and cultural professionals awarded grants in 2019, said that as a result of the mobility funded by the programme: - 97% acquired new skills/knowledge - 94% developed new audiences/outlets - 94% developed new co-productions/creations, and 49% received a job offer. This year 305 individual artist of cultural professional out of >3200 applications have been selected to receive mobility grants of max 3000 to travel to one of the 41 participating countries for 7-60 days to another for a total budget of >500,000.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD:
$ 595,000 2020-21
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure:
|Name of partner||Type of entity|
Goethe Institut, Institut francais, Izolyatsia.
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?:
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?:
Stories and statistics from the 2019 i-Portunus calls have been published online https://www.i-portunus.eu/about-the-programme/i-portunus-2019/ These show that the opportunities offered by i-Portunus are attractive to and appreciated by participants, especially young and emerging artists with low incomes. The 2019 scheme attracted over 3000 applications and funded 337 individuals to materialize their collaboration projects in another country. The most important result was the impact that the participants attributed to their mobility experience: 97% acquired new skills/knowledge, 94% developed new audiences/outlets, 94% developed new co-productions/creations, and 49% received a job offer. This is a most impressive impact considering the limited financial support of only 1.500 to 3,400 euros per individual.