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AAAE The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) is an international organization incorporated as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit institution within the United States. Its mission is to represent college and university graduate and undergraduate programs in arts administration, encompassing training in the management of visual, performing, literary, media, cultural and arts service organizations. Founded in 1975, the AAAE was created to provide a forum for communication among its members and advocate formal training and high standards of education for arts administrators. The Association, moreover, encourages its members to pursue, publish, present and disseminate research in arts management and administration to strengthen the understanding of arts management issues in the academic and professional fields.

ArtsProfessional ArtsProfessional is a resource for cultural operators working in all artforms, and at all levels. We have a fortnightly publication that includes news, comment and regular features, and our website hosts a searchable archive of thousands of articles. You can receive our regular bulletin News from the Nationals to keep up-to-date with sector news in the broadsheets as well as the most interesting blogs. Our jobs website ArtsJobFinder covers everything you need to know about working in the arts in the UK and regular RSS feeds. Follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook.

ACEI The Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) is a scientific society that includes academic scholars, government officials, foundation officials, managers of arts and cultural organizations and artists, united in their interest in furthering understanding of the economic aspects of the arts and culture in their own countries and throughout the world. It holds international research conferences every two years, sponsors small conferences, workshops, and sessions concerned with cultural economics at meetings of other scientific societies. It also sponsors a journal and other publications. The Association's elected officers and governing body includes scholars from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States, and its membership is even more diverse.

AIMAC The International Association of Arts and Cultural Management (AIMAC) is an international network of researchers in arts and cultural management. The Association's main activity is a biennial research conference held in various cities around the world. Knowledge in the discipline of arts management cannot develop without the contributions of both researchers and practitioners. Through its conferences, AIMAC provides a forum for the exchange of insights and perspectives in this field of study. It offers researchers the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in cultural management.

The Amsterdam Maastricht Summer University Since 1990 The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University has harnessed the expertise available from international specialists and matched them with motivated participants. Every year, young professionals from all over the globe - from the museums in Europe to the universities of North America and the theatres of the Mediterranean - participate in our courses. The AMSU aims to stimulate international discourse between future decision makers, working in very different contexts, but facing common challenges. Not just examining the tried and tested formulas of the past, but looking forward.

Artfactories International resource platform for art and culture centres stemming from citizen initiatives. Artfactories aims to be a common tool to organize thinking, research and action, transmittal and solidarity to support artistic places and projects, which are involved in building a sustainable relationship community work, contemporary art and social change. Its mission includes ‘To support and accompany the development of these spaces / projects by encouraging know-how, skills and people exchanges and to create tools for analysis and make them available for project holders and institutional partners’. Fazette Bordage, its founder says, “The fact is that we have as artfactories organized now quite some training sessions since 2001, in various format and context, all over the world, we are may be the only existing “competition” specific on this issue”

Arts Management Network Arts Management Network is an international information network for arts managers. It addresses primarily to professionals in the arts and creative sector. It is also a resource for academics, students, policy makers, researchers, regional and national authorities, business people, and journalists. This private network started in 1996 as the first German online magazine for arts managers. Today with two different websites - one in German and one in English - it has been developed to one of the most popular networks for arts managers in the world.

Asia Europe Foundation The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) was established in February 1997 under the framework of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) process. In 2007, the membership grew to 43 countries, plus the European Commission and ASEAN Secretariat. ASEF seeks to promote mutual understanding, deeper engagement and continuing collaboration among the people of Asia and Europe through greater intellectual, cultural, and people-to-people exchanges between the two regions. These exchanges include conferences, lecture tours, workshops, seminars and the use of web-based platforms. Hence, a major achievement is the establishment of permanent bi-regional networks focused on areas and issues pertinent for reinforced Asia Europe relations.

CCP NETWORK Cultural contact points have been established in the Member States and in most of the other countries taking part in the programme. They are responsible for promoting the programme, facilitating the participation of as many cultural professionals as possible, ensuring an exchange of information with national cultural institutions, maintaining contact between the participants in the various Community programmes and a link with the other sources of information on the various Community programmes.

CEF Central European Foundation Central European Foundation (CEF) is an independent, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization. Founded in 1994, it carries a vision of a democratic, economically prosperous and secure Central Europe with its own strong identity and diverse and rich culture. Its mission is to strengthen civil society and protect spiritual values and human rights in the region through by supporting cultural and economic development. The foundation works toward this goal by implementing grant-making and operational programs that strengthen Central European identity and its creative development. CEF supports talented individuals in the region and actively participates in the development and deepening of economic cooperation among neighboring regions. The inhabitants of Central Europe are characterized by common history, cultural and economic contact, migration and a diversity of ethnic groups. At the same time, they share a common fate during the second half of the 20th century. These influences have created within people features which go beyond national and ethnic borders and are typical of the Central European region.

Cimetta Fund T he Roberto Cimetta Fund is an international association promoting artistic exchange and the mobility of professionals in the field of contemporary performing arts and visual arts within the Mediterranean area.

CIRCLE Cultural Information and Research Centres Liaison in Europe is an independent think-tank dedicated to developing cultural policy models for Europe.

CULTURE ACTION EUROPE Culture ACTION europe are a European level advocacy organisation representing the interests of thousands of artists and cultural organisations. Membership is open to any cultural organisation (at local, regional, national or European level), which wants to find out what’s happening to culture in Europe and get involved in European cultural affairs. Culture Action Europe brings together members from the fields of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, socio-cultural work, arts management, cultural training and information provision, etc. in the belief that cultural cooperation matters in Europe.

Council of Europe – Culture, Heritage and Nature The Council of Europe’s regional programmes foster cross-border co-operation and the sharing of expertise. They provide direct assistance to member states in developing governance and management capacity in the sectors of culture and cultural and natural heritage. Targeted pilot projects support regional efforts for sustainable community development, in particular in areas where cultural and heritage issues are of fundamental importance to conflict resolution, confidence building and development. In the field of nature protection, regional co-operation involves not only managers of areas of special conservation interest, but also encourages the building of physical links between nature protected areas.

ECF The European Cultural Foundation is one of the leading independent organizations devoted to cultural development, and is a passionate advocate of cultural cooperation. We campaign for, initiate, develop and support cultural cooperation activities across the broader Europe • We develop new cultural experience and media activities by offering grants and by initiating and coordinating programmes for organizations and individuals • We are actively involved in cultural policy development, particularly for the integration of European society • We strive to give culture a stronger voice and profile at all levels • We work in partnership with other leading European cultural organizations

Efa European Festivals Association: The aim of EFA is to promote the significance of festivals and their important role in the international cultural cooperation. Runs a European Atelier for Young Festival Managers see: [1]

ELIA The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) is an independent membership organisation representing approximately 350 higher arts education institutions from over 45 countries and founded in 1990. ELIA represents all disciplines in the arts, including architecture, dance, design, fine art, media arts, music and theatre. Through its members, ELIA represents unique bodies of knowledge and facilitates dialogues, mobility and activities between artists, teachers, administrators, senior managers, key decision makers and more than 250000 students.

ENCATC ENCATC is the European network of institutions and professionals involved in training and education in the broad field of cultural management. Founded in 1992 in Poland, this independent and unique network gathers 127 members (85 full members, 39 associate members and 3 individual members) and operates through 38 countries. In line with its mission and objectives, ENCATC offers to its members a flexible framework for interaction and the sharing of ideas and experience by providing: • Regular information relevant to the professional sector. • Opportunities to meet, exchange views and experiences and debate topical issues. • Advice and support with respect to European, education, training and related issues. • Training possibilities for trainers and students. • Partnership building opportunities and mechanisms.

ENCC The European Network of Cultural Centres is an international network of arts and cultural centres, founded in Turnhout-Belgium in June 1994. Sociocultural initiatives all over Europe have similar aims, goals, methods and political interests. To link them in a more efficient way an informal cooperation started in 1994, and in 1999 it was established as "European Network for Cultural Centres" (ENCC). Since 2004 it is coordinated and administered by the "Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V." in Berlin. Members of ENCC are those national associations and confederations, which represent the cultural centres of their country. The ENCC intends to represent the cultural centres of Europe. The ENCC aims at stimulating the socio-cultural and artistic life in Europe, especially via cultural centres and their functioning. Since its foundation, the ENCC has made many contacts all over Europe in order to find out which and how many cultural centres are operative and published the first survey "Cultural Centres and Arts Centres all over Europe", with short presentations of more than 1000 cultural centres from Finland to Cyprus and from Spain to Poland. 
The general objectives of the ENCC are: "Debate, Lobbying and Service" on a European level.

EricArts The European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (ERICarts-Institute) aims to provide those working in the cultural field with solid empirical information and analysis as a basis for their actions. Organised as an independent not-for-profit company, ERICarts-Institute was founded by the European Association of Cultural Researchers (ECURES) and leading research organizations.

ECUMEST Founded in 1998, the ECUMEST Association has defined itself from the beginning as an interface organisation, whose mission is to intermediate and accompany the democratisation (accession) and cultural democracy processes (diversity and participation), for the institutional emancipation of the cultural sector in Romania and in Central and Eastern Europe. The recognised expertise of the association led to numerous requests
for consultancy, commissioning of various researches and studies. 
The list below represents a series of commissioned works currently underway or already completed by the ECUMEST team or by its members.

European Arts Management Programme Based at Oxford Brookes University in UK. Has 10 European academic institution partners funded by Leonardo Da Vinci in 2006 for two years.

European Institute of Public Administration EIPA is the leading centre of European learning and development for the public sector. With over 25 years experience, EIPA is the place where people who deal with European affairs can learn in a multi-cultural environment benefiting from our unique combination of practical know-how and scientific excellence. With its headquarters in Maastricht, antennae in Luxembourg, Barcelona, Milan and Warsaw and a presence in Brussels, EIPA is alert to developments across Europe and responsive to your needs and interests. EIPA's Learning and Development options consist of seminars and training courses in European decision-making, policies, law and public management.

Euro-Med Training programmes in Egypt and North Africa

EURYDICE The information network on education in Europe, Eurydice has since 1980 been one of the strategic mechanisms established by the European Commission and Member States to boost cooperation, by improving understanding of systems and policies. Eurydice was also an integral part of Socrates, the Community action programme in education from 1995 to 2006. Since 2007, Eurydice has been included in the EU Action Programme in the field of Lifelong Learning in which, as part of the transversal programme, it helps to support the development of policies in this area, as well as cooperation at European level. Eurydice is an institutional network for gathering, monitoring, processing and circulating reliable and readily comparable information on education systems and policies throughout Europe. Eurydice covers the education systems of the Member States of the European Union, the three countries of the European Free Trade Association, which are members of the European Economic Area, and the EU candidate countries involved in the EU Action Programme in the field of Lifelong Learning.

Felix Meritas Foundation Felix Meritis are an independently European centre for art, culture and science and (inter)nationale ontmoetingsplaats in Amsterdam. We believe in (the need of) the mixture of cultures in Europe as a strength for progress and social cohesion. For this reason we conduct a public European cultural dialogue with individuals in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and and adopt we (inter)nationale cultural networks. By deepening and dialogue with several groups in the Netherlands and we reinforce the insight and the term of the citizens of Amsterdam and the Netherlands for the cultural a gestation process in Europe. The motto of Felix Meritis is Connecting Cultures. Felix Meritis a lot of international projects, such as Gulliver, Gulliver Connect, The People Network, essay international, The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University and the Network or penny res for European Culture and Debate have started (NCECD). Felix Meritis cooperate with partners such as The Caucasus foundation (tbilisi), Cultural front (Belgrado), Kuhnya (Novosibirsk), KulturKontakt (Vienna), save house (Sofia) and the Berlin conference for European Cultural Policy (concerning a soul for Europe), European house for Cultures (Brussels), SICA but also with the month of philosophy and the foundation globalisation reading.

Fitzcarraldo Fondazione The Foundation is an independent centre for planning, research, training and documentation on cultural, arts and media management, economics and policies, at the service of those who create, practise, take part in, produce, promote and support the arts and culture. The Foundation aims to contribute to the development, diffusion and promotion of innovation and experimentation in the aforesaid fields of activity, also through the systematic search for collaboration agreements and synergies with local, regional, national and international authorities and bodies. The Fitzcarraldo Foundation continues the training activities launched by Artlab and Fitzcarraldo srl in 1989. Seminars and courses are held on a wide range of subjects, including "Theatre and concert hall management", "Marketing for the Performing Arts", "Marketing for Museums", "Fund-raising and development strategies", "Programmes, networks and European funding for cultural activities", "International projects", "Cultural project managers", and have been attended by over 300 operators.The Foundation has also helped to plan and carry out training activities in Italy, Albania, Austria, Estonia, United Kingdom and Finland in collaboration with the Council of Europe and other public and private partners. ICCM of Salzburg has been the main international partner since 1996. The Foundation has also organised conferences (SAA, January 1998) on training in arts management, as well as completing studies and research for its own use and on commission (for the Faculty of Training Science in 1999, for the European Commission and other bodies). It is an active member of the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC). The training activities organised by the Fitzcarraldo Foundation cover three different levels: postgraduate training (third level), continuous training (updating and advanced/specialisation courses), international programmes.

IETM IETM is a membership organisation which exists to stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing arts in a global environment, by initiating and facilitating professional networking and communication, the dynamic exchange of information, know-how transfer and presentations of examples of good practice.

IFACCA The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture. IFACCA aims to benefit artists, arts organisations and communities worldwide.

INTERCULT Intercult is a production unit, founded in Stockholm 1992, reconstructed 1995 under the artistic leadership of Chris Torch when he returned from three years at the National Touring Theatre (Riksteatern) with Shikasta. Today Intercult is a centre for local and international activities. Internationally we focus on the Balkans and on Baltic countries, with large-scale co-productions and gatherings on cultural policy. Locally and nationally we realize our own productions, arrange guest performances, run audience development programs, distribute artists and form cultural policy. They: • Initiate and realize large-scale international co-productions • Arrange guest performances for artists from all over the world • Design festivals and cultural events • Create and take part in different networks-international, national and local • Produce our own performances • Co-produce Swedish intercultural productions • Arrange seminars and workshops on audience development and diversity

International Intelligence on Culture International Intelligence on Culture is an independent company specialising in policy analysis and intelligence; consultancy; research; project management; training and advisory services with an international dimension. Our staff and international board of policy analysts, cultural researchers and managers have knowledge of working in, or for, more than 40 countries world-wide, and provide an exceptional body of expertise in the cultural sector.

INTERARTS Founded in 1995 in Barcelona, INTERARTS is a private agency with international projection, the aim of which is:

 • to advise in the design of cultural policies, 
 • to contribute to the processes of development through the cultural sector
 • to facilitate the transference of knowledge and information in the field of culture.

 Its principal areas of performance are in the field of cultural policies and cultural co-operation. Today INTERARTS is active among other various innovative fields in those concerned with the cultural rights and with the organization of new creative industries. Consultancy
Culture is a key element in the process of development. It is with this end in mind that INTERARTS coordinates the management of international projects concerned with cooperation for development and acts as consultant in

Kaapelitehdas Five hectares of culture: events large and small, concerts, exhibitions, festivals and fairs. The unique Cable Factory is the home of three museums, 13 galleries, dance theatres, sports clubs, art schools, ateliers, rehearsing studios, radio stations, a popular cafeteria and more besides. The Factory occupies the premises of an old factory which initially produced telephone and electrical cables. The building converted in 1991 into a fully independent cultural centre aimed at providing an area of artistic diversity with cross-cultural linkages. The Cable Factory offers permanent and short-term space for different fields and forms of art and education. The company Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo is responsible for renting, maintaining and developing the facilities. Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo is owned by the City of Helsinki. Since 1.1.2008 the company has also managed old energy production area in the eastern part of the city center. Renovation and renting of the Suvilahti will take years. Suvilahti

KAOS PILOTS [2] KaosPilot International - International School of New Business Design and Social Innovation. KaosPilot International is an entrepreneurial education for young entrepreneurs and project leaders with a creative edge and a global mind. The school is located in Aarhus, Denmark making up the homebase of the Danish KaosPilot education while also being the international network of KaosPilot schools and educational programs. Also now in Netherlands.

KulkturKontakt Austria KulturKontakt Austria (KKA) is one of the largest Austrian centres of competence for cultural education, arts & cultural education, cultural dialogue and educational cooperation with Eastern and South East Europe. It is a non-profit making organisation and has three programme departments: arts & cultural education, educational cooperation and cultural promotion & sponsoring. In the department of “arts & cultural education”, KKA supports professional cultural education in the schools sector and other fields in Austria. With the support of KKA, every year over 90.000 young people receive the opportunity to take part in arts education projects in their school. Arts education projects with apprentices are also a significant area of work, as is the development of new arts education projects in the social field.

LabforCulture LabforCulture develops innovative approaches, tools and technologies to strengthen, stimulate and facilitate cultural collaboration across geographic, cultural and imaginative borders. We work with and for artists, arts and culture organisations and networks, cultural professionals and audiences in the 50 countries of Europe, as well as providing a platform for cultural cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world. Our mission is both to ensure that all those working on cultural collaboration have access to up-to-the-minute information and to encourage the cultural sector to become more experimental with online technologies. LabforCulture provides services to artists, cultural managers, producers, programmers, researchers and policy-makers.

Marcel Hicter The Fondation Hicter has developed during 20 years a wide range of cultural management training programs in Belgium, Europe and Africa. Training cultural managers and especially the ones launching co-operation project is at the heart of the Fondation’s activity. The goal is not only to develop their skills and competences. It is clearly to enable them to reinforce their capacities to implement projects including innovative dynamics of cultural development. 
Each training course is specific by structure and approach of the reality but all of them aim at reinforcing the empowerment of cultural managers at the European level. The pedagogy is based on interactive exchanges between trainers and trainees on current issues.

Mejeriet Mejeriet (the Dairy) is based in Lund, Sweden. It is a multicultural venue with an emphasis on music of all kinds. The centre takes a special interest in youth culture but strives to be a meeting place for all generations and for both amateur and professional performers. Mejeriet's goal is to offer a broad variety of cultural activities and to stimulate creativity. Mejeriet is a member of Trans Europe Halles.

Moritzbastei In the heart of Leipzig, nestled behind the Gewandhaus Concert Hall and City Skyscraper, you find the Moritzbastei, the only remaining part of the ancient city fortifications. The Moritzbastei was commissioned by Elector Moritz of Saxony in the 16th century and later named after him. It has survived 400 tumultuous years and it was used in many different ways, only to end as part of the rubble of the Second World War. In 1974 students began to work on the Moritzbastei, freeing it of the debris it was filled with and turning it into a students’ club, which opened in 1982. For almost 10 years the club had been a students’ club, but in 1989, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Moritzbastei opened its doors to all visitors interested in culture. Since 1993 the “MB”, as locals lovingly call the building, has been run by the “Moritzbastei Foundation” as a non-profit organisation without external financial support. Annually around 300,000 guests visit the impressive vaults to attend one of the 600 events which take place here. The MB has something for everyone, from rock and jazz concerts through readings and play performances to exhibitions and discussions. And those people who are simply looking for a cosy place to enjoy a glass of wine or a snack will be charmed by the atmosphere in the Café Barbakane or one of the comfortable bars. Moritzbastei is a member of Trans Europe Halles.

P60 P60 (existing since 2001) is a not-for-profit venue for pop culture and media in the city heart Amstelveen (NL) near Amsterdam airport. The venue covers a total of 2200 square meters. P60's small core team and some 60 volunteers organize a wide range of cultural and musical events: dance, poetry and prose, music (from jazz to experimental), exhibitions, visual art, media projects and international exchanges (Youth in action/Grundtvig). Enjoy the cozy atmosphere in the building where you can also have a dinner. P60 is also a talentfactory with rehearsal rooms and masterclasses. P60 is a member of Trans Europe Halles

Stiching Caucasus Foundation The Stichting Caucasus nonprofit Foundation is based in the Netherlands and has its head office in Tbilisi (Georgia). The Stichting Caucasus Foundation (SCF) supports Caucasian countries in the process of integration with other European countries in the field of culture and at same time looks for new forms of cultural cooperation worldwide. The Foundation sets up and implements programmes and events in art and culture for professional artist, in order to promote open and democratic societies within the region of the Caucasus.
SCF is linked with CONCEPTS (The CONCORTIUM for the CO-ORDINATION of EUROPEAN PERFORMANCE THEATRE STUDIES) which is based in the UK and is a member of Council of Europe forum of International Cultural Networks.
On an international level SCF works in close cooperation with the Felix Merits Foundation, Gulliver network, ENCATC and IETM.


Stanica Stanica is initiated and operated by non-governmental organisation Truc sphérique. Truc spherique, NGO, is an open platform linking contemporary arts with social development. We are comitted to the contemporary arts and culture that are more than an extension or leisure time activity – they are the means of creativity development, personal growth and discovering new forms of communication. We bring the culture from the edge to the centre of interest and, for us, it is more determining for creating new visions than any political or economical reasons are. Every year, we host 3 European volunteers that help us to run the work and take part in the organisation\'s life. In 2003-2004, more than 300 young people participated in the reconstruction of Stanica.

Synaxis Baltica Synaxis Baltica is a network for students in the field of arts and arts management. The network consists currently of eleven universities and partner institutions. They all are located in countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. Thus questions of european culture management focus on a regional aspect. 

Each year one of the member institutions arranges a summer academy. There the participating students of the network meet and work on particular issues of cultural management and cultural policy.

The summer academy 2006 was arranged in Görlitz-Zgorzelec from 9th to 24th of September. The theme of this years academy was "Art, Nature, Responsibility"

The summer academy 2007 took place in Tallinn from 1st to 14th of August 2007. The topic was "Creative Clusters - Future Model for the Cultural Field?" The summer academy 2008 will take place in St. Petersburg - Tikhvin from 1st to 14th of August 2008. The topic will be "Discovering new cultural-historical attractions"

TEH (TRANS EUROPE HALLES) Today Trans Europe Halles (TEH) is one of the most active cultural networks in Europe. It provides a stimulating platform for exchange, support and co-operation between its members.

The network brings together about 50 multidisciplinary cultural centres in more than 20 countries. TEH runs and coordinates several bilateral and multilateral cultural projects. Examples include the setting up of an Artists-in-Residency Exchange Programme and the establishment of an international cultural incubator in Lund, Sweden, and CHANGING ROOM, a mobility project for cultural operators. More on [3]

ufaFabrik The ufaFabrik, International Centre for Culture and Ecology, is a green cultural oasis in the middle of Berlin - a space for creation and culture, for innovative ideas, a productive surrounding for the citizens of Berlin and for artists from all over the world.

The area of 18.000 square meters is divided into various areas, two podiums are open year-round for artistical productions: world music, cabaret, conferences, Variété, dance theatre, comedy, children’s circus and more. UfaFabrik gives work to 120 to 200 people, depending on the season, and hosts about 150.000 visitors per year.

WOMEX-the World Music Expo / Copenhagen, Denmark / 27 – 31 Oct 2010

WOMEX is "The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers." UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity

Made in Berlin and travelling in Europe: The 15th edition of WOMEX in Copenhagen, Denmark in October 2009 saw over 2,700 delegates from more than 90 countries, 650 exhibitors, a full conference and a showcase festival presenting 57 acts on 6 stages.

See www.womex.com for details on WOMEX 2010 in Copenhagen.

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