Professional development and entrepreneurship in the cultural and creative sector

Países Bajos
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)
Cultuur+Ondernemen (Culture+Entrepreneurship)
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Cultuur+Ondernemen (Culture+Entrepreneurship, C+O) is a supporting institution for professional development and entrepreneurship in the cultural and creative sector, that provides knowledge and support in the following areas: (1) Financing, earning strategies and business models, professional development and governance; (2) Promotion and implementation of the Cultural Governance Code; (3) Development and implementation of diverse financing instruments for the cultural and creative sector, and (4) Development of entrepreneurial skills in the cultural and creative sector. Since 2021, C+O is part of the Dutch Basic Cultural Infrastructure.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
600 cases of support given through the helpdesk in 2019. Continuing education programmes, mentoring programmes and digital materials for entrepreneurial skills. Workshops, presentations, on-line tools and individual advice for implementing the Cultural Governance Code. Digital tools and individual advice for development of business plans and financing strategies. Development of alternative financial instruments for the sector.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
For period 21-24: USD 2.158.910 per year (EUR 1.780.528 per year)
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Raad voor Cultuur (Council for Culture)
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
The activities of C+O were evaluated as part of the Programme for Cultural Entrepreneurship in 2012-2016. Conclusions were, among others, that the support for cultural entrepreneurship was valuable for those who participated in the activities. Furthermore, that the impact of those activities can only be measured over a longer period and that cultural entrepreneurship requires structural support. The evaluation also indicated that the participants (and therefore also the impact) was limited when compared to the number of cultural entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. These results led to adjustments in the activities and financing of C+O.
Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Cultural Domain(s)