Mapping sustainable and innovative ways of funding arts and culture in Europe: A case study analysis
Kübra Karatas is a cultural economist and researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her current focus is on investigating skill needs in the cultural heritage sector as part of the Erasmus+ funded Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills, CHARTER. Additionally, Kübra Karatas works in the copyright division of the World Intellectual Property Organization, which develops frameworks to assess the global economic contribution of the copyright sectors. Kübra Karatas’ research interests span cultural funding and dynamics within the film industry. She holds a BA in Culture, Communication and Management from Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen and a MA in Cultural Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is also an alumna of the Heinrich-Böll Foundation, the DAAD and Fulbright.
In times of war, economic downturns and climate crises traditional methods of financing cultural and creative production, such as direct public funding for the arts are becoming increasingly scarce. Through my research, I aim to explore innovative and sustainable funding strategies for the arts and culture sector in Europe, such as crowdfunding and creative placemaking. I will examine the opportunities and risks associated with alternative funding methods and their financial sustainability for both artists and cultural organizations. This project aims to achieve two goals: first, to provide a roadmap for artistic enterprises to diversify their funding sources; second, to contribute to a broader discussion on the role of different valorizations of culture in funding decisions and the potential for participatory funding models.