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8. Creativity and Culture

8.6 Developing entrepreneurial skills through culture

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Developing entrepreneurial skills through cultural activities
  2. Support young entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative sectors

Developing entrepreneurial skills through cultural activities

The National Culture Fund (Национален фонд „Култура“) implements the Debuts Program (програма „Дебюти“). The aim of program is to attract high quality debut projects and to train candidates in basic skills in the area of project management and public funding in the following fields: 

·    visual and digital arts; 

·    for creation of feature, documentary, animation and experimental cinema;

·    publication, dissemination and promotion of literature content; 

·    creation of music content; 

·    stage arts.

This program comprises 5 modules and namely: 

•    Visual and Digital Arts

•    Screen Arts

•    Literature

•    Music

•    Stage Arts

The program is annual and the total budget of the program for all five modules is BGN 300 000 (about EUR 150 000) per year. It funds projects in the amount of up to BGN 20 000 (about EUR 10 000) inclusive (up to BGN 10 000 (about EUR 5 000) for the Literature and Music modules). 

This program supports the professional realisation of Bulgarian artists at the age of up to 35 years in the field of visual arts, screen arts, literature, music and stage arts.

Definition of DEBUTANT 

In accordance with the terms and conditions of the Debuts Program, debutant refers to any natural person or a group of natural persons at the age of up to 35 years who realise up to their third independent professional attempt in the respective field. 

The eligible candidates under this program are: 

·    Bulgarian natural persons – artists at the age of up to 35 years who realise their first independent professional attempt in the respective field; 

·    creative/ production/ publishing organisations or curators/ art managers, who support and present debutants in the realisation and dissemination of their debut projects (including, state, municipal, private)

New Bulgarian University offers master’s degree program Art Management (Management of Cultural Institutes and Creative Industries. The program is aimed at developing specialists who are able to create and develop own cultural institutions and to manage cultural/ creative industries. While trying to provide students with opportunities to obtain entrepreneurial and managerial knowledge and skills in the field of cultural management, the program offers courses in the field of funding in culture; project development and management; policies and legislation in the field of culture and cultural management; strategic planning; human resource management, intellectual property management, etc. 

The University offers many other programs in the field of creativity and culture. Some of these are: 

·    Archeological Researches

·    Exposition Design and Creative Industries

·    Painting

·    Classical Music

·    Composition and Conducting

·    Cultural Tourism

·    Cultural and Social Anthropology 

·    Literature, Book Publishing, Media

·    Fashion and Styling

·    Music Performance 

·    Music Sciences

·    Musical – Music Drama and Comedy

·    Pop and Jazz

·    Stage Design and Media

·    Dancing 

·    Creative Writing, etc. 



Support young entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative sectors

In accordance with Ordinance No 7 of 11 August 2016 on profiled education (Наредба № 7 от 11 август 2016 г. за профилираната подготовка) issued by the Minister of Education and Science and effective from 26.08.2016, profiled education on entrepreneurship is aimed at developing principal knowledge, skills and attitudes for successful continuation of education in a university, or for starting own business. Education focuses on the development of entrepreneurship culture and the pertaining qualities, skills and attitudes to entrepreneurship. This culture is based on the proactive behaviour, development of innovation and initiative of young people, of their teamwork skills, of their sense of responsibility and motivation for success. The main purpose of profiled education on entrepreneurship is to outline the economic culture, managerial skills, competences and behavioural models in the field of entrepreneurship.

As a result of such profiled education, students:

  • are encouraged to improve their self-confidence by taking responsibility;
  • develop their inventiveness and creativity through appropriate methodologies for training tailored to their age;
  • upgrade important skills, such as making informed decision, teamwork skills, problem solving, establishment of partnership networks, etc.