Within a training series entitled »Beyond the Cultural Model«, Motovila Institute invited representatives of various (inter)national funding programmes to join an on-line discussion moderated by Urška Jež, an experienced producer in culture, to shed light on various issues related to fundraising through tenders. The webinar was organised on 15 June 2020, when the negative economic consequences for the cultural and creative sectors due to the COVID-19 crisis were already evident. Having in mind the impact that the current situation would have on the business success (or survival!) of this sector, we wanted to highlight all the more necessary skills and knowledge required to create a sustainable business model.
The webinar was focusing on the funding mechanism most cultural organizations are very familiar with. Namely, the largest share of financial sources needed to carry out their mission is obtained through local, national and international tenders published by public and private funders. Nevertheless, we only seldom have time to reflect more strategically on this mechanism. The event offered a platform for an exchange and reflection with representatives of four grant-giving institutions, both public and private, from across Europe that are perhaps less often on the map of Slovenian applicants.
We were talking with Dea Vidović, Director of Kultura Nova Foundation (HR), Michal Pavlík, Public Relations Manager at the Visegrad Fund (SK), Philipp Dietachmair, Head of Programmes at the European Cultural Foundation (NL), and Veronika Vodlan, from CNVOS, implementing the Active Citizens Fund in Slovenia (SI). The panellists agreed that this discussion was also a valuable opportunity for the grant-giving institutions to meet and exchange on their approach in designing and developing their funding mechanisms, especially in relation to the challenges due to the recent pandemic, its long-lasting impacts and the role of the governments in enforcing the cultural sector.
See full conversation!