Cultural diversity

Cultural policies and measures - Best practices

Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries Program

The Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries Program (FOMECC = Fomento de Empresas Culturales y Creativas) is an initiative of Interarts, an independent nonprofit organization that has been promoting human development through culture since 1995.

FOMECC was conceived as an operational model in which cultural production, given its potential to create wealth and employment, is understood as an instrument for development. It aims at strengthening the role of artists, creators, and cultural agents through a set of activities, including awareness-raising, training, and specialized advice.

FOMECC's objectives are as follows:

  • Promote the social and economic development of the arts and culture sector by encouraging and strengthening cultural and creative industries
  • Provide opportunities for professional networking, business contacts, and productive alliances for cultural and creative entrepreneurs
  • Increase the number of entrepreneurial projects that are developed into cultural and/or creative businesses
  • Strengthen the professional skills of the creative and cultural sector
  • Systematize information and improve knowledge on the structure and features of the cultural and creative business sector

With the support of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation towards Development ( Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo- AECID), Interarts has carried out various projects, always in partnership with local agents, in the framework of its FOMECC Program. Five FOMECC projects are currently underway worldwide in Columbia, Honduras, Senegal, Peru, and Niger. With regard to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, these projects constitute good practices with respect to cooperation for development (Article 14) because they strive to strengthen the potential of creative and cultural businesses in developing countries to promote cultural diversity.

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