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Pilot Project for Artist Mobility: the call for proposals by the European Commission is underway

The European Commission recently issued a new call for proposals as part of the Pilot Project for Artist Mobility.

According to the Commission website, “the transnational mobility of artists and cultural professionals is of major importance in helping to make a common ‘European cultural area’ a reality and to bring about cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. Artists and cultural professionals need to travel beyond borders to extend their scope of activities and meet new audiences, to find new and inspiring sources of inspiration to make their creations evolve, and to exchange experiences and learn from each other with a view to developing their careers.”

The transnational mobility of artists and culture professionals has been a priority of the Culture program since 2000. It has been further reinforced as one of the three specific objectives of the Culture program for the period 2007–2013, as a means of enhancing the cultural area shared by Europeans and encouraging active European citizenship, states the Commission.

In late 2008, the European Parliament adopted a new line in the 2009 EU budget in order to make room for the Pilot Project for Artist Mobility.

The deadline for proposal submission is May 15, 2009. For more information, please visit the European Commission website.