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ECBN Newsletter July

12 million people constitute the cultural and creative workforce in Europe in 2018 - while they are more and more recognized as „main agents for change in society“, their own ecology and their own social, economic and legal frameworks are changing and in question.

The Innovation Summit at ARTS+ in Frankfurt in October observes: „Culture, and with it society, are struggling to catch up with the exponential speed of technological innovation.“ If true, this questions the driver-seat of cultural and creative sectors. The FutureFest2018 of NESTA in London in June 2018 asked „Will technology controll us?“. Its conclusion sounds almost like an activism plea and reflects the urgency and depth of the revolution the cultural creative workforce is undergoing: „We hope those who attended the festival feel a renewed sense of optimism when thinking about the world of tomorrow. The future is yours. Now go and occupy it.“

The European Policy is reacting as well to this anewed change of the culture creative sectors themselves. A new report on the shaping the next programme generation of the European Union finds, that Creative Europe will have to adapt to new realities - especially to „new forms of working practices (more collaborative, grassroots and cross sectorial)“ and of the „power of digital networks that will influence business models, financing and distribution of “content”.“

Get yourself informed and look ahead to actively shape your future in cultural creative industries - as employee or company alike.

Best regards

ECBN Executive Board
Bernd, Gerin, Mehjabeen und Michal 

ECBN Activities
The Conference of the Austrian EU Presidency on Creative Industries
and 8th European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS18)


Date: 04.10.2018 | 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Austrian Federal Economic Chamber | Sky Lounge I Wiedner Hauptstraße 63 | 1040 Vienna | Austria

Innovation is at the heart of the European strategy for growth, employment and resilience in the next funding period starting 2021. In this context the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Member States have recognized the potentials of the creative industries to contribute to innovation. Especially at the interface of creative industries and digital technologies, both break-through and incremental innovations can effectively be supported. The range of possible applications is manyfold, for instance in the areas of health & wellbeing, mobility, green energy and climate change.

The European Creative Industries Summit 2018 (ECIS 2018) will show how the creative industries drive the economy as well as the development of regions and the society as a whole through cross-innovation. ECIS 2018 aims at firmly showcasing cross-innovation practices of industrial scale, discussing possible policy measures and funding schemes as well as highlighting the unique benefits that creative industries deliver as an integral part of European economic and innovation policies.

This European Creative Industries Summit is an Austrian EU Presidency Conference. The European Creative Business Network welcomes you to join the conference, the debate and our efforts to make future happen.

PROGRAMM DAY 1: 3th of October pre-summit day and preperations
PROGRAMM DAY 2: 4th of October European Creative Industries Summit Vienna
XOvers - Cross Industrial Innovation 
Speaker at the European Creative Industries Summit 2018

Setting the Policy Agenda Beyond 2021

Tibor Navracsics
EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

This years ECIS18 welcomes the former Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. Since 2014 Mr. Navaracsics serves as the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. LINK->

Margarete Schramböck
Minister | Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs

Since January 2018 Mrs. Schramböck is the appointed federal Minister of Digital and Economic Affairs in the Austrian government. Before 2017 Mrs. Schrammböck served as CEO of A1 the largest Austrian Telecom provider. Link->

Harald Mahrer
President | Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Mr. Mahrer served as a secretary of state from 2014 until 2017 and as the federal minister of Science, Research and Economy in 2017. On the 18th of December 2017 he was elected president of the Austrian Federal Economic ChamberLink->

 ECBN Member Profiles

The aim of these awards is to reward the best startups working on cultural and creative projects in its broadest sense (visual arts, architecture, audio-visuals, literature, music, design and fashion), taking into consideration the originality of the project and its subsequent implementation. Moreover, the project must pursue a transnational geographical dimension, successfully reaching a European or even global dimension.
Kreativwirtschaft Austria (KAT)

As part of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Kreativwirtschaft Austria promotes the interests of the creative industries within Austria and with respect to the European Union and fosters public awareness of the creative solutions the sector provides. Kreativwirtschaft Austria, or KAT, provides extensive services to creative entrepreneurs, fostering their economic success and their cross-sector communication. Under the adopted Creative Industries Strategie for Austria the KAT ist a co-operation partner of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs.

Bits & Pieces to read and watch  


CitéDeLObjetConnecté: Login to apply to fundtruck 

You are a #entrepreneur and want to pitch in front of the ecosystem of #investors and #local media? Hop  on board the #Fundtruck2018 @GroupeLaPoste which will stop at #Nantes on September 18th!

artenpriseTalent Matching Europe for young artists and creative entrepreneurs

For young #artists and #creative #entrepreneurs having a #mentor is very important. Discover @TalentMatchingE an @EUErasmusPlus #project promoting #mentoring to support #talent in the #CCI sector.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation: China-EU agreement paves way for global adoption of circular economy

The #circulareconomy was one of the key agreements signed during the EU-China Summit in Beijing this week.

Federatie DCI: European research into creative ecosystems 

European research into creative ecosystems

CREATIVE.NRW: Status Quo 2018 Kreativwirtschaft NRW

Status Quo 2018: The results of our survey on the situation of the culture and #creative economy in North Rhine-Westphalia are there...


Creative Business Cup: The STAY Partnership – Attracting talent and startups

On the 20th of August the Creative Business Cup will launch STAY at a conference about attracting foreign talent and #startups to #Denmark.

Mass Cultural Council (Boston, MA): ‏ Legislature Approves State Budget that Boosts Cultural Funding by $2

“Today the state Legislature approved a final budget for the new fiscal year that boosts funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through Mass Cultural Council by $2 million. The FY19 budget funds Mass Cultural Council at $16 million, a nearly 15 percent increase over last year that will allow the agency to increase its statewide support for nonprofit organizations, communities, artists, education and creative youth”. More at:

Facts / Figures

Research4CULT: STUDY Creative Europe: Towards the Next Programme Generation

‘Creative Europe: Towards the Next Programme Generation’ study for CULT Committee Research managed by PolicyCULT Authors/contractors: KEA: Philippe Kern, Arthur Le Gall, Teodora Pletosu.

DCMS: New Statistics: DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates 2017: Employment

New statistics show the strength of the UK’s #CreativeIndustries – they employ more than two million people in jobs from publishing to photography, fashion to filmmaking #CreateUK

Creative England: PROGRAMME LAUNCH: Creative Enterprise

*PROGRAMME LAUNCH*: Networking Breakfast. We are bringing together companies who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film and television, games and technology. Sign up here! #CreativeEnterprise

NEMO Office: THE ARTS+ Innovation Summit: the bigger picture – how can the cultural and creative sectors bridge the innovation gap?

Culture is lagging behind when it comes to tech inventions. Join NEMO at @THE_ARTS_PLUS Innovation Summit: “The Bigger Picture – How can the cultural and creative sectors bridge the innovation gap?” to bridge the gap between technology and culture!



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