NXT creatives

NXT Research

NXT research

NXT – Making a Living from the Arts project developed a research, which aimed to deepen the knowledge on:
  • Hubs and incubators in Europe that work in creative and artistic fields: what are the financial and governance systems used, what are the services they provide and how do these provide a support system for artists in their career development;
  • How are higher arts education institutions training their students to make a living from their artistic practice: are schools developing hubs? And how are these functioning? Or is entrepreneurship integrated into the institutions’ curricula? And what is taught in these courses? 
The mapping research consists of quantitative and qualitative research methods. In its initial phase, the NXT mapping research focused on collecting data on entrepreneurial curricula and hubs developed by educational institutions in the arts and by independent organisations in Europe with some examples from other continents. 
The outcomes of the research provide information on the characteristics, goals and ambitions of the hubs and what facilities they have to offer to professionals in the field or arts, culture and (creative) business.
The contributing schools and universities provide information on developed entrepreneurial curricula and possible developed hubs. 
The quantitative data are collected via an online questionnaire. The questionnaire consists of 28 questions and was sent to schools and universities in the arts (all ELIA members), independent hubs and relevant (trans) national networks. The questionnaire’s answers give an overview of and insights to the developed entrepreneurial curricula and/or (independent) hubs by schools and hubs.
Through the survey, the ELIA Office collected approximately 200 answers from over 30 countries with a quite even balance between (independent) hubs and higher arts institutions.

In the second research phase starting in November 2016, 9 case studies will be developed:
  • 4 case studies on creative hubs or incubators, which represent a good example of art and business practices in different artistic disciplines;
  • 5 case studies on creative hubs or incubators, which are institutionally and/or financially related to a higher arts education institution.
Some of the case studies on NXT-CREATIVES were presented and discussed during the NXT - Making a Living from the Arts conference, which took place in Amsterdam, 14-15 September 2017.
Finally, recommendations resulting from the research and the NXT project activities will be presented to the European Commission during a final seminar planned on 12 April 2018 in Brussels, hosted by Culture Action Europe.