Spain / Spanje

1. Cultural policy

Cultural policy profile


2. Official representations

Representation of Spain in Belgium

Sergi Farré
Culturele en Wetenschappelijke Raadgever
+32 2 235 26 94 / +32 2 230 03 40
Ambassade van Spanje
Wetenschapsstraat, 19 – 1040 – Brussel

Representation of Flanders in Spain

3. About funding, cooperation and information centers

– Funding and cooperation

  • Acción Cultural Española (AC/E): an agency that orchestrates public support for the promotion of culture, both in Spain and overseas. Its aims include promoting Spain’s rich and plural artistic legacy and fostering the internationalisation of its most contemporary creative and culture sector. Check more specifically the PICE Grants, that support cultural mobility to/from Spain.

– Information

  • The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) (Spanish: Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo): a Spanish autonomous agency responsible for the management of the Government international development cooperation policy. It has some funding capacity to encourage collaboration with Spain. It is a EUNIC member.
  • Instituto Cervantes: Institute dedicated to learning the Spanish language and culture. It is a EUNIC member.
  • Information overview via On the Move: On the Move is the cultural mobility information network, providing information and knowledge for artists and cultural professionals active across borders. On this page, you can find all current calls related to the country as well as the latest version of the Cultural Mobility Funding Guide – and more.

4. Other information portals and platforms

– All disciplines

  • The Spanish General Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE): a private entity devoted to the defence and collective management of the intellectual property rights of its over 100,000 members. Within this collective of creators, 99.369 are musicians in all genres and styles, 11.143 are authors of audio-visual works (screenplay writers, scriptwriters and directors), and 9.635 are dramatists and choreographers.
  • Association Art Magazines (ARCE): created at the initiative of the publishers of cultural magazines with the aim of pooling and sharing the tools and resources necessary for the promotion of this kind of project, as well as developing common strategies and actions to support the interests of the publishers and readers of cultural magazines. Useful to get an overview of all art magazines in Spain.
  • Spanish Fiestas: a website dedicated to festivals in Spain, more from a tourism perspective than as a cultural organisation.

– Visual arts

  • LocalizART – Contemporary Art Centers in Spain: A website of the Sub-directorate General for the Promotion of Fine Arts, LocalizART provides a clear overview of visual arts institutions, independent spaces and spaces for artistic production in Spain.
  • SCAN: a digital platform created to disseminate and promote the work of emerging and established contemporary Spanish artists globally. SCAN provides a good overview of artists and curators from Spain.
  • The Union of Contemporary Artists of Spain (UNION – AC): an organisation that brings together practically all the associations of artists operating in the Spanish territory. It is a member of IAA Unesco and as such defends the Status of the Artist. It works in the visual arts, as well as other disciplines.
  • VEGAP (Visual Entidad de Gestión de Artistas Plásticos): a non-profit organisation that represents more than one hundred thousand artists from all over the world in Spain. The organisation was created in 1990 by a group of Spanish artists to collectively manage their author’s rights pursuant to the Intellectual Property Law. That same year, VEGAP became a full member of CISAC, joining a network of societies representing visual artists from forty different countries.

– Performing arts

  • The National Stage Arts and Music Institute (INAEM): the Spanish State Secretariat for Culture entity responsible for coordination and developing programmes related to theatre, dance, music and the circus. Its objectives are to promote, protect and disseminate these areas, to make them known abroad and to coordinate communication among the autonomous communities in these matters.
  • Dance from Spain: a project of open cataloguing for the members of the Spanish Federation of Dance Companies (FECED).
  • Assitej Spain: Spanish branch of Assitej, the international association for theatre for young audiences.
  • ITI Spain: Spanish bureau of the International Theatre Institute
  • CircoRED: Federation of associations and professionals from the circus field in Spain.
  • Red de teatro alternativo: Network of alternative theatres in Spain, providing a good overview of members (with contact information).
  • FAETEDA – Federation of Associations of Performing Arts Companies: created in 1996 with the purpose of boosting the industrialization, modernization, development and structuring of the Spanish theatre industry. It is a member of the Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe (Pearle*). It has over 400 members in all regions of Spain.
  • Contexto Teatral: Overview of contemporary Spanish theatre authors, giving access to their work

– Music

  • Fundacion SGAE: a non-profit organization founded in 1997 with the aim of developing social, support and promotional activities to disseminate the repertoire of the members of the Spanish Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers. Its main priority is to support the more than 100,000 members of SGAE through the implementation of a strategic plan involving the fields of research, training, dissemination and promotion.
  • Export offices in Spain:
    • Sounds from Spain: platform that was created to support the internationalization of the Spanish music industry, and includes public institutions as ICEX Spain Exportation and Inversions, the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music-INAEM, and private institutions as AIE Artists Association, SGAE Foundation representatives, the Association of Music Agents-ARTE, Music Producers Spain-Promusicae and the Independent Phonographic Union – UFI
    • Catalonia: part of the Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals
    • Balearic Islands: part of Institut d’estudis baleàrics
    • Basque Country: Musika bulegoa
  • The Association GEMA (Spanish Groups of Classical Music): shuffles important general objectives to structure the music sector and is part of the State Council for the Performing Arts and Music. Its members are a large number of Spanish groups dedicated to historical music, young and old, large, medium and small vocal and instrumental ensembles, and repertoires ranging from mediaeval times to the nineteenth century. They aim to spread the musical heritage and practice of Spanish musicians.
  • The Spanish Association of Classical Music Festivals (FestClásica): establishes organisational instruments to make the best use of financial resources and sponsors in the united interests of its members, and offers legal and administrative advice. It also administers a forum for the exchange of experience, for the discussion of joint productions and for all other matters relating to its members’ events. There are over thirty music festivals in Spain members of this association which organise over 1000 concerts annually, and form an extraordinary network of musical activities in which they operate thousands of artists and the public attending the entire national territory.
  • A.R.T.E. – Association of music managers in Spain: member of EMMA (European Music Managers Alliance). The association comprises 255 professionals, including managers, agents, artists’ representatives, promoters and festival directors. ARTE’s members represent almost all Spanish performers and artists as well as foreign performers and artists working in Spain.
  • ACCES: Representation of concert venues and halls throughout Spain. A member of LiveDMA on European level. See list of members for overview of Spanish music venues.

5. Regional organisations

  • EuroRegio Pyrenees Mediterranean: a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC). The objective of the Euroregion is to become a resilient territory by 2030, acting for a Europe of the territories. The Euroregion seeks to: create in the north-east of the Mediterranean a pole of sustainable development based on the social, environmental, cultural and economic integration of the territory; and contribute to the construction of a Europe of the regions: united, socially-committed and close to citizens.
  • Autonomous Region of Catalonia
    • Institut Ramon Llull: The Institut Ramon Llull is a public body founded with the purpose of promoting Catalan language studies at universities abroad, the translation of literature and thought written in Catalan, and Catalan cultural production in other areas like theatre, film, circus, dance, music, the visual arts, design and architecture.