European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists (EFFEA)
The European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists (EFFEA) is a system that offers emerging artists a platform to develop their career on an international level through festivals.
Festivals are explorers of unknown or not-yet known talents, originality, innovation, and risk-taking artists to present to their audiences. These festivals serve and define themselves as the guardians and the intermediate springboard for artists in all arts disciplines. In this way, EFFEA gives per year for three years 150 festivals the chance to take 50 emerging artists (EFFEA Fellows) per year under their wings by offering them the opportunity to increase their presenting and producing opportunities and to make vital industry connections. EFFEA offers festivals an incentive to take the time to find and work with those artists that are not yet in this market but have the talent, the capacity, and the vision to develop an international career.
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). It will establish a label that ambitions to be a referential instrument for artists and festivals when it comes to co-programming and presentation of emerging artists on festivals stages in Europe.