Funding for Arts Festivals to Present Emerging Artists


The European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists (EFFEA) is a programme that offers emerging artists a platform to develop their career on an international level through festivals.

Activities will include 50 residencies for emerging artists within the framework of 50 festivals – including the collaboration with at least two other festivals per project per year, based on an annual call to festivals. The Fund will foster and enable European visibility of emerging artists. It will address the needs of artists at different levels (research, capacity building, network, presentation platforms), the needs of festivals (programmers capacity building, alertness, internationalisation, collaboration), and audiences (access to diverse artists and arts works).

There are two fundings strands:

  • 40 EFFEA ‘Discovery’ Artist in Residence grants: Funding of €8000 for early career artists of exceptional talent who are ready to break through internationally. The festival host, together with two other (festival) partners, creates bridges through residencies and mentorship for the artist to develop their artistic idea.
  • 10 EFFEA ‘Springboard’ Artist in Residence grants: Funding of €15,000 for mid-career artists, established in their own country, who are ready to develop their career internationally and who will present their work in three different stages, under the wings of the host / leading festival and two other partners.

The call is open to all arts festivals that are registered on Eligible countries are the EU member states and Creative Europe countries. Other countries that can be included (as a partner festival, or for proposed artists): Israel, Moldova, Palestine, the UK, Switzerland, and Turkey.

More information & application here

EFFEA sessions

During the open call, join festival colleagues and artists for info, networking and Q&A sessions. These provide a platform to connect with potential partner festivals and artists while finding relevant answers to your questions. Save the dates for the upcoming sessions:

Deadline: 19 March 2024

For more information: Donika Rudi Berishaj, EFFEA Coordinator: and Luana Santos, Communication and Administration Assistant: