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, MediaFutures

  • London, UK-wide
  • combined arts, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, literature, photography, theatre, visual arts
  • Iain Aitch


  • Artists will be awarded up to €40,000 to work with startups on work around data

  • The MediaFutures programme will fund artists up to €30,000 for standalone projects on tech or social media

  • Startup businesses can apply for up to €80,000 for building products or services

  • Artists will explore misinformation, disinformation, technology and media as part of a €2.5m programme funded by the European Commission as part of EU’s Horizon 2020

  • Open Data Institute is a UK partner in the Europe-wide programme

Applications for a second tranche of MediaFutures awards for artists to create work around misinformation, technology and data opens on 25 November. Artists (or groups of artists) are able to apply for up to €40,000 for collaborative work with startup businesses, or up to €30,000 for pure arts projects. Startup businesses can apply for €65,000 to create new products, or €80,000 to work with artists on innovation, under the European Commission-funded European Union's Horizon 2020 framework. The UK’s Open Data Institute is a partner in the programme.

MediaFutures is looking for ideas relating to quality journalism, transparency, democracy and science communications, all of which should look to counteract the negative impact of misinformation and disinformation within society.

Applications are being encouraged from those groups who are not as well-represented in the art and start-up worlds, or face additional barriers to entry, including those from ethnic minorities, women and non-binary individuals, the LGBTQ+ community, those with disabilities and those in lower-middle income countries. Applicants should be based in or be willing to relocate to Europe, the UK or selected non-EU territories, for the six-month period that the funding covers, subject to travel restrictions due to Covid-19. The €2.5 million fund covers funding of a total of 51 startups and SMEs, as well as 43 artists, across three Open Calls, of which this is the second.

The application process opens on the 25nd November 2021 and closes at 11:00 (GMT)/ 12:00 noon (CET) on the 27th January 2022. The third call is likely to open in the second half of 2022. See ​​ for full details.

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