10 and 11 of May 2017 in Maison de la Culture, Amiens
Over the last years, we have witnessed a significant trouble in the European economy. The general economic downturn has also impacted the public support of arts and cultural organisations through policy changes, funding cuts, etc. The vulnerability of the sector has been exposed. The new contemporary paradigm requires all types of organisations to tackle more efficiently the pressing problems that our societies are currently facing at all levels: social, cultural, environmental and economic.
Organisations operating in the arts and culture sectors had some traits that could be still considered characteristic today:
- they are driven by a mission and not by profit making
- they have difficulties generating a surplus from their core activities
- they are dependent on public funding
- they are underfinanced
Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualis:
"I do not believe that Europe's 'soft power' in the 21st century is about projecting a cultural vision of what Europe represents. Nor should it be reduced to a question of helping its artists and promoters to find new audiences.
Rather, I believe it is about taking Europe's major historic challenge – how we manage our diversity – to the global stage, and engaging our partners in the debate. Europe's openness both among its own nations and communities and towards the rest of the world should, I believe, help to shape the EU's approach to cultural diplomacy“.
Saul Kaplan, founder and Chief Catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory and author of The Business Model Innovation Factory: How to Stay Relevant when the World Is Changing:
"Whether the business model is implicit or explicit, what we are talking about is how arts and cultural organisations can develop viable business models without compromising their artistic integrity, mission and values.“