“Financing the Arts in Challenging Times: Policies, Business Models and Good Practice from Europe and the USA"

Brussels, Belgium


This event was held under the patronage of the European Cultural Parliament and in partnership with The Centre - Edelman Brussels' platform for public engagement.

In order to build on a series of thought–provoking debates on the topic of crisis started by ENCATC in 2011, the 4th Annual ENCATC Policy Debate gathered renowned experts to provide insight on the opportunities, threats and difficulties the arts-cultural sector has experienced in relation to the ongoing crisis.

Annick Schramme, ENCATC President and Professor at the University of Antwerpdelivered the keynote speech on "Financing the arts in challenging times in Europe and the USA" that was followed by a panel debate with the following experts: Mattia Agnetti, Executive Secretary of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia; Luc Colebunders, CEO of Crofun (Crowdfunding platform); Ignasi Guardans, CUMEDIAE ; Catherine Magnant, Deputy Head of Unit Cultural Policy and Intercultural Dialogue, European Commission; Annick Schramme, ENCATC President, Professor at the University of Antwerp; and Johanna Suo, TAG Gallery. This lively discussion was moderated by Jill Craig, Deputy General Manager, Edelman Brussels.

Following the debate, artist entrepreneur and member of the European Cultural Parliament, Savina Tarsitano, opened the exhibition that highlighted the talent of European and American artists: Emmanuel Beyens, a French/Belgian painter;Morris Rosenzweig, an American composer; Savina Tarsitano, an Italian artist; andMia Pearlman, an American artist. Policy debate participants can also took advantage of this time to network and enjoy a degustation of the Italian/Calabrian products offered by Gal Kroton.

This event was designed for academics, researchers, cultural operators, policy makers, students, artists and the general public interested in better understanding how to finance arts and culture during these challenging times.

Download all the useful documents here:

“Financing the Arts in Challenging Times: Policies, Business Models and Good Practice from Europe and the USA"