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Why become a member of the Compendium?

The Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends plays a crucial role in developing knowledge, interaction and exchange in the globalising cultural policy community. It helps policy makers to understand the challenges involved and to formulate their answers. For researchers such as students and journalists it functions as a monitoring tool, to detect trends and developments that need to be publically highlighted at the earliest possible stage.

Currently, the Compendium is the only reliable monitoring system for cultural policies in and outside of Europe. In a rapidly changing context, it is the only source of information that caters to the growing need for independent, in-depth information on cultural policies, cultural statistics and thematic trends analysis.

More than ever, the Compendium feels the need to play a leading role in facilitating international knowledge exchange and to function as a leverage for cultural policy making and democratic governance. 

We believe in the importance of freedom of information, and therefore the Compendium’s accumulated experience, its intellectual and social capital, is at the disposition of policy makers, scholars, students and general audiences all over the world - free of charge.

As an Association, we are able to maintain this service with the help of our members. In order to maintain our community of practice and our information exchange platform, we are grateful to every Ministry dealing with culture, every NGO, university and cultural organisation that is willing to join our Association and share in our mission.

Types of membership

The Compendium Association has three categories of membership: stakeholders, standing members and permanent members. The permanent members are our founding parties; the Council of Europe and the European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research, ERICArts. New members are encouraged to join our Association either as Stakeholders or as Standing members:


Stakeholders are a States Parties to the European Cultural Convention or can be any other public entity that possess considerable political weight, knowledge and experience in the field of cultural policy. They pay an annual membership fee with which the Compendium, amongst other services, ensures the continuous renewal of the information published on and organises the Compendium’s annual General Assembly of Compendium Experts.

More information on this type of membership can be found in our statutes, rules of procedure of the Compendium's General Assembly and our membership charter.

Standing Members

Standing members can be public or private not-for-profit entities that have considerable knowledge and experience in the field of cultural policy. They pay an annual membership fee for the services mentioned under the Stakeholders information, or make in kind contributions. 

More information on this type of membership can be found in our statutesrules of procedure of the Compendium's General Assembly and our membership charter.


Please note that the activities the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends undertakes are VAT-exempt. This means that the Compendium does not have a VAT identification number, nor will it charge this tax on its invoices.


Please contact us using our form, or call us with your enquiries at 0031-20-6243739. We would gladly provide you with more information.

Current members

Stakeholder members:

Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Austria, Belgium (Flemish/French), Croatia, Cyprus, Germany (KuPoGe), Finland (Cupore), France, Latvia, Lithuania (Council for Culture), Malta (Arts Council), the Netherlands, Romania (Culturadata), Sweden (Kulturanalys Norden), Switzerland

Standing members:

Estonia (Academy of Music and Theatre), European Association of Cultural Researchers (ECURES), Italy (Associazione per l'Economia della Cultura)

Permanent members:

Council of Europe



The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands