Creative Europe has awarded €2.1 million across 40 projects led by or featuring UK creative, cultural and heritage organisations in European collaborations for 2018. This includes €2 million to British Council's Europe Beyond Access fund.
The Department for International Trade has awarded £319,244 split between 19 music artists from the UK in the latest round of the Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) in August 2018.
Part of the Exporting is GREAT campaign, the MEGS offers grants between £5,000–£50,000 to UK-registered independent music companies for help with marketing campaigns targeted at introducing UK music projects overseas. Funding is based on the ambition of the campaign, measured by financial commitment, sales targets and business outputs.
A four-year international programme for disabled performing artists, with funding of €4 million, has been established to support their work in Europe. Led by British Council, Europe Beyond Access includes a €2m grant from Creative Europe, and will include six other main partners across the continent.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) held a Ministerial event on soft power in late July to get feedback on the Government's forthcoming soft power strategy. The Government announced the soft power strategy earlier in 2018 and it is set to be launched before the end of the year.
British Council has published research on the importance of trust to the UK's prospects in international relations, which finds those who trust the UK are around twice as likely to deal with the UK in the future.
The UK reached the top of the global Portland Soft Power 30 Index, with France, Germany, USA and Japan joining behind us in the top 5. The UK also achieved the highest overall score since the report began in 2015 with 80.55.
ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is pleased to offer travel grants to support museum professionals to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships for their organisations.
The 2018-19 ICOM UK–British Council Travel Grant Scheme enables recipients to undertake an international visit to meet with colleagues and share skills, expertise and experience. The Travel Grant Scheme supports museums who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships.
The panel deciding the winning design for the UK Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai has been announced, with the 11 experts in their fields looking for a design concept that will create the most original, inspiring and memorable visitor experience possible. The winner will be announced later in 2018.
British Council is giving grants for international biennales and festivals to support participation by UK architects and designers.
Organisers of international biennales and festivals can now submit proposals for grants using the below criteria.