Cross-border mobility of artists and cultural professionals is of the key importance for encouraging meetings of creative people, as well as creation and exchange of cultural goods and services. Encouraging mobility affects the new business creation and work opportunities for artists and cultural professionals, consequently contributing to employment in the cultural sector and its economic growth.
An important aspect of mobility development concerns providing clear and exact information on the mobility opportunities for artists and cultural professionals and its as intensive as possible dissemination. Such information refers to important regulations (visas, work and residence permits, Labor Laws, social and health insurance, taxes, customs, intellectual property and copyright, freedom of speech), business opportunities (organizations dealing with the issues of mobility, residence programs, cultural employment, education institutions, available sources of funding), source of information related to the mobility issues (practical information, administrative services at the national and European levels, info-centers, researches).
The concept of mobility refers to artists and cultural professionals in all artistic, managerial and logistic vocations and professions, as well as to those cultural professionals whose professions are interdisciplinary set or connected to other areas of expertise (curators, managers and the staff working in institutions and organizations, technicians, public relations and marketing experts, IT experts, etc). Except to individuals, the concept of mobility also refers to various professional groups – ensembles, institutions, organizations and associations, art collectives.
The mobility of artists and cultural professionals is significant for a number of reasons, and among others for:
– New business opportunities;
– Access to new markets;
– New business creation in the cultural and creative industries sectors;
– Promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue;
– Audience development and expansion;
– Creation of partnerships and contacts;
– Establishment of networks.
The work of artists and cultural professionals often involves mobility, exchange, international cooperation, professional stays and presentations of their work abroad. The Creative Europe Program is oriented towards the development of mobility precisely for the realization that the mobility has become the requirement for professional development of artists and cultural professionals.