Establishment and Development of Art Incubators

The Ministry of Economy
The Lithuanian Business Support Agency
Key objectives of the measure:

The goal of this measure is to promote the establishment of new art incubators and their development, thus to give favourable conditions for artists to create and present their works, start and develop small and medium arts-related private industries, increase their sustainability.

It also aims to support young artists and creative industries, stimulate the creation of new jobs, lower the risk of new creative businesses and assist enterprises and individuals having ideas of innovative creative business to gather strength and be able to compete in the market.

Scope of the measure:
Local, National
Nature of the measure:
financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

Considering that successful development of creative industries needs favourable conditions, such as provision of necessary infrastructure, measures and equipment for production and services, as well as competences, skills and consultations, eleven art incubators in different Lithuanian towns were established in 2007-2013.

Eleven art incubators bring together small and medium creative industries and artists, starting their businesses, rent premises, technical and office equipment; provide methodical, technical, training services and consultation on preferential terms.

A great attention is given to young artists – not less than 50 percents of residents of art incubators are young artists or young enterprises of creative industries.

Implementing the measure the buildings, reconstruction and installation of art incubators was partly financed. The projects according to the measure were implemented by public institutions, which at least one share holder is the state, a municipality or an association.

In addition to space and equipment rent, other services, such as drafting of business plans and assistance in their implementation, training, organization of events and presentation of production are available on preferential terms.

The National Association of Creative and Cultural Industries was established to support cooperation between artists, culture and art organisations, NGOs, business, science and educational sectors as well as to support their participation in regional and international networls and workshops, and to stimulate the creative industries in Lithuania. The majority of art incubators are the members of the Association.


Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Art incubators were built, reconstructed and installed; small and medium enterprises settled in art incubators 3 years after the project implementation.

Implementing the measure 11 art incubators were financed in Lithuania: 4 in Vilnius, 1 in Klaipėda, 1 in Telšiai, 1 in Anykščiai, 1 in Utena, 1 in Alytus, 1 in Raudondvaris, 1 in Kaunas.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

 Fund of the European Union. Allocation – 20 million Eur. Regional DevelopmentIn 2007-2013 the measure was financed from the resources of the economy growth action programme measure “Assistant 2” of the European 

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

The measure was evaluated in 2014. The evaluation report titled „Evaluation of the impact of structural support of the European Union on small and medium enterprises“

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)