Pro-CCS Holds Microfunding Cultural and Creative Sectors Conference

November 20, 2023, 8:50 am

Pro-CCS: Microfunding for Cultural and Creative Sectors (co-funded by Erasmus+), will host its final event in Brussels on 13 December 2023. Over the past two years, this project has focused on how to address the challenges CCSs face in accessing finance, which is one of the most critical obstacles to the sector’s growth. The Pro-CCS project supports overall CCSs by reinforcing the competences of professionals active in the sectors and aims at bridging the cultural and creative sectors with the financial sector in order to facilitate access to credit.

In this final event of the project, project partners invite representatives from cultural and creative industries, local, regional and national authorities related to the cultural and business sector, and policymakers to join a unique opportunity to share and discuss the results of the Pro-CCS project:

➤ A training course for business development services and financial tutors

“The Cultural and Creative Enterprise: Handbook for Business Development Service Providers” is a handbook that consists of three overarching chapters that are targeted at BDS providers or financial tutors: Creative Enterprise, A CCI Financial Framework – Creative Companies and Their Models, and Practical Application: Digital and Soft Skills.

This handbook addresses the critical role of BDS providers and financial tutors in microcredit operations and to enhance their capabilities, equips tutors with the necessary digital skills and knowledge of the specific needs of Cultural and Creative Sector professionals, enables tutors to support CCS professionals in starting and running small businesses , accessing microcredit, and delivering effective online training and creates a professional profile that can drive entrepreneurship and economic activity in the CCS.

➤ A distance training course for cultural and creative sector professionals

The Distance Training Course is dedicated to professionals working in the cultural and creative sector and aims to help them structure their creative activities as a sustainable business. The development of this handbook is motivated by the need to enable and empower CCS professionals to acquire necessary business and marketing knowledge in order to enhance their attractiveness to various stakeholders. This material is dedicated to professionals working in the cultural and creative sector and would like to help them to start or develop their creative activities as a sustainable business. The handbook will provide CCS professionals with valuable knowledge to build a business, introduce and acquire new methods and skills and provide worksheets and templates that can be used afterwards again and again, and inspire through best practices and pragmatic tips.

➤ A toolkit for financial intermediators to support business start-ups in CCS

This toolkit will thus work on a double matrix: offering technical support to financial intermediaries, providing them with specific skills to evaluate the loan request of CCS (risk assessment, creation of a network of experts able to analyze the market and provide insights and facilitating a change of perspective towards the CCS and its entrepreneurs, seeing them as key players in the development of a sustainable, networked and shared economy. The target group are financial intermediaries: employees of commercial and investment banks, mutual funds, credit unions, financial advisors or brokers etc, who will have a better understanding of the economic potential of CCS and will therefore be more effective in supporting CCS.

Pro-CCS’s Microfunding Cultural and Creative Sectors European Conference takes place on 13 December 2023, 10:00-14:00 (CEST) at Regione Toscana in Brussels. For more information and to register to attend, click here.

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