Discretionary government transfers to promote cultural export and to support large scale international cultural events/Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions (EARS)
Discretionary government transfers are the most important tool of the Ministry of Education and Culture to implement Finland’s cultural policy. There are currently over 30 open calls for projects covering all main policy objectives covering e.g. support to national cultural organisations, cultural heritage, cultural events, children’s culture and cultural entrepreneurship and export. The mission of EARS is to help build and foster relationships between creative professionals, and to connect the fastest growing creative industry market, Asia, to the rest of the world. EARS lives its mission by offering leading information on Asia’s creative industries through talented professionals, and by bringing professionals together to share best practices and discover business opportunities. To date, EARS events have been organized altogether eight times in Helsinki, Beijing and Shanghai. In August 2015, EARS gathered 350 creative industry professionals from 31 countries to Helsinki.
The Ministry of Education and Culture allocated grants to the organisers of the event through to two different measures. The other has been support for cultural export and the other support for large scale international cultural events, i.e. financial measures corresponding to stated policy objectives of promoting cultural exports and attracting large scale events to Finland. The support is granted through open calls for projects.
As regards the policy measures themselves, the expected results of support to cultural export projects include fostering professional networks and helping branding of CCS companies and/or their products and services. The expected results of large scale cultural events include similarly fostering networks and promoting the position of Finland and Finnish actors in relevant international networks. EARS itself tries to help connect Asian and European professionals in order to facilitate cooperation of different types.
State grants are allocated to eligible legal entities such as associations or companies. The receiver of a grant is responsible for carrying out the project in question.
The financial support by the Ministry has ranged from 110 000 to 150 000 euro annually between 2012 and 2016.
The Ministry is in a process to evaluate and up-date its policy on discretional government transfers.