European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists

European Festivals Association

We are delighted to announce EFFEA - an open call for festivals to support emerging artists

Emerging artists are the treasure of society, creative minds, explorers who have the power to shape the future through their art. EFFEA - European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists - was built exactly on this idea: to explore and discover these talents, to support emerging artists by offering them a platform to develop their careers under festivals’ wings.

The fund will include 50 residencies for emerging artists in the seat 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).

How will this fund benefit festivals?

Network and collaboration between festivals;
New programmes and new artists for festivals;
Financial support to promote artists on a European level.

How will this fund benefit emerging artists?

Research, Residencies / workshops / masterclasses;
Presentations in several co-producing festivals;
European visibility.

What are the fund categories?

1st Category: EFFEA “Discovery” Artist in residence of €8.000 (40 grants available): For early career artists, exceptional talent and ready to break through internationally. The festival host, together with two other partners (festivals) will create bridges through residencies and mentorships for the artist to develop their artistic idea.

2nd Category: EFFEA “Springboard” Artist in residence of €15.000 (10 grants available): For mid-career artists, established in their own country, ready to develop their career internationally and who will present their work on three different stages, under the wings of the host / leading festival and two other partners.

Who is eligible to apply?

The EFFEA call will be open to all arts festivals (Architecture - Circus - Dance - Design, Applied arts - Digital arts - Film - Heritage - Literature - Music - Opera - Photography - Spoken word, Storytelling - Street Arts - Theatre - Visual arts) that are registered on FestivalFinder.eu. If you are not present on FestivalFinder.eu yet, you can register your festival here.

Eligible countries: The EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden. The Creative Europe countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Tunisia, Ukraine Other included countries (As partner festival. Artists can be proposed): Armenia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

Interested to apply?

The call for festivals will be launched on 14 October 2022.

In the meantime, you can think and prepare:

  • the artist that your festival will present (the artist can be an individual artist, a collective of artists, an artist(s) company, an artist’s ensemble. All involved individuals can be of any age or gender. The artist(s) should have a nationality of or a residence address in one of the eligible countries.)

  • the category you are applying for: EFFEA “Discovery” or EFFEA “Springboard” (A leading festival can apply for one project per category as a leading festival and apply for multiple grants as a partner for other projects.)

  • two other partners with whom you will develop the project (Didn’t decide yet? You can find your partners here.)

For more information, email:
Davinia Galea, EFFE Hub Malta: [email protected]
Donika Rudi Berishaj, EFFEA Coordinator: [email protected]

Keep in mind:

  • The leading festival, as well as the partner festivals, exist for at least one edition;
  • An artist cannot be proposed in more than one project;
  • A leading festival can apply for one project per category as a leading project and apply for multiple grants as a partner for other projects, and residencies.


Online info session: 13 October 2022
Launch of online application: 14 October 2022
Application deadline: 15 November 2022
Results announcement: January 2023
Implementation period: February - December 2023

Info session:

On Thursday, 13 October 2022 at 12.00 PM CEST, we will organise an online 1-hour info session for all those interested to learn more about the call. Register here.