Network funding creates results also beyond funded projects
Projects that receive Network funding contribute to inspiration, new ideas and productive collaboration that can even lead to new ways of handling cultural policy issues in the Nordic and the Baltic countries. This is shown by the report Effects of Network Funding – An Evaluation that Nordic Culture Point has just published.
According to the report Network funding provides professional artists and cultural practitioners in the Nordic and Baltic regions a chance to exchange information, competence and experience relevant to their work. The results show that the funding covers many more participants than those formally applied for. Networking is seen important for its own sake and beneficial also for the whole field of arts and culture the respondents are in as networks strengthen participants’ identity, self-esteem and contacts and contribute to increased legitimacy and status in the field.
Respondents reported that the projects often had more participants than the funding was initially intended to cover. In some cases, the projects covered participants even outside the Nordic-Baltic region. The report concludes that the funding is seen valuable among professionals and it is especially important for the most remote regions as well as smallest countries such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Nordic Culture Point assigned the Norwegian researchers Donatella De Paoli and Lene Foss for a period of three months in autumn 2018 to conduct a qualitative study on networks that have received funding from Nordic Culture Point. Donatella De Paoli presents the conclusions at Nordic Culture Point on 28 March.
Network funding is a part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture that aims to strengthen artistic and cultural cooperation in the Nordic region and the Baltic states. The programme focuses on increasing the exchange of knowledge, contacts and interest in Nordic and Baltic art and culture.
The report is available here: Effects of Network Funding – An Evaluation.