Effects of network funding

An evaluation

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Network funding forms part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture, which aims to enhance cultural and artistic collaboration in the Nordic and Baltic countries by funding travel, networking, and residential activities. Network funding provides a platform for co-operation and thus the exchange of ideas and knowledge between professional artists and cultural practitioners in the Nordic and Baltic regions. This study on the effects of Network funding was commissioned by Nordic Culture Point in the spring of 2018 in order to gain insight into the long-term effects of funding and to examine its results for professional artists and cultural practitioners in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Data for the analysis was obtained through both qualitative and quantitative methods. The results show that networking is beneficial not only for its own sake, but also for the professional development of the recipients and the entire artistic or cultural field that they represent. Network funding is perceived as valuable amongst professional artists and cultural practitioners.



Preface by Director of Nordic Culture Point

Cross-border activities and cultural encounters — meetings between people, ideas, cultures, and projects — are quite literally a fundamental part of Nordic co-operation. Cultural encounters result in new insight, new experiences, and new knowledge, not to mention development, progress, and social community and sustainability. If artists and practitioners of culture are to develop and learn from one another, they require freedom of movement. For this reason, the Nordic ministers for culture have established several forms of support administered by Nordic Culture Point in Helsinki, to facilitate the co-operation of Nordic art and cultural practitioners in the Nordic countries, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.


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