EU Fund Profile: ACPCultures+

Posted 20th November 2012

The ACP Cultures+ Programme is the 3rd support programme for the ACP culture sectors. With a total budget of 30 million Euros, the programme is implemented by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States and financed under the 10th European Development Fund of the European Union.

The ACP Group

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the “ACP-EC Partnership Agreement” which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific.

Project Example

The International African Music Show (SIMA)

The International African Music Show is a perennial itinerant event with a pan-African coverage. Over the course of the following three years two events are foreseen; one in Cameroon and the other in Senegal. Aimed primarily at professionals active in the music sector, these meetings will not only reinforce the structure and professionalization of the network, but will also contribute to more pooling of resources between the actors therein.

SIMA proposes a variety of professional meetings and training workshops. The purposes of this will, additionally, be to contribute to boosting the economic contribution of the African music industry and to promote this industry in regional and international markets.

Partners: Association des Artistes pour le Progrès (AAP) (Benin), Cola Production (France), Harmonia LDA (Cape Verde), Mass Productions (Guinea), Regroupement des Professionnels des Arts et de la Culture d’Afrique Centrale (Repac) (Cameroon), Tringa Musiques et Développement (Senegal), Umane Culture (Burkina Faso).

Grant Awarded: 490 000 €

Call for Proposals

The overall objective of this call for proposals aims to contribute to the fight against poverty through the development and consolidation of viable and sustainable cultural industries in ACP countries by reinforcing their contribution to social and economic development, as well as the preservation of cultural diversity.

The specific objectives of the current call for proposals are:

1. Reinforcing the creation and production of cultural services and goods in the ACP States through an approach integrated with distribution networks.

2. Supporting an increased access to local, regional, intra-ACP, European and international markets for the cultural goods and services of the ACP States.

3. Building the capacities of culture sector professionals in ACP States.

4. Improving the regulatory environment of the culture sector in ACP countries.

Activities generating identifiable and measurable employment, as well as those contributing to the economic development of the cultural sector will be prioritised.

Download Guidance on the ACPCultures+ programme and call.

Deadline: 20 December 2012

Application materials on the EuropeAid website.