Why partner with us?

Partnering with us means joining forces to create a joint fund for a special open call for artists and cultural professionals. The criteria of the call could be for either specific mobility routes and/or thematic areas, depending on your priorities, mission or mandate. Collaborating with ASEF brings several benefits to our partners. 

Reasons to partner with us

Engage new audiences

By partnering with us, we can help you engage with shared targeted audiences. Our network spans 51 countries in Asia and Europe and we cover a large demographic of society including young professionals, students, artists, specialists/experts in their field. You will also benefit from our extensive online and offline communications coverage.

Widen your impact

We have extensive experience in facilitating meaningful face-to-face encounters amongst professionals in Asia and Europe. By partnering with us, you will widen your impact in engaging communities and societies across the 2 regions. And we also do all the necessary administration for the joint funds in disbursing them to deserving beneficiaries.

Achieve your Corporate Social Responsibility aims

Mobility First! is in close alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals which is an alignment that many Corporate Social Responbility programmes share. By partnering with us, we will help you achieve your CSR goals, in particular: SDG 4 (supporting capacity building for youth and adults), SDG 5 (gender equality and increasing participation of women in leadership roles), SDG 10 (reducing inequality among countries through the support of cultural mobility).

Testimonials from co-funding partners

“Our partnership with ASEF’s Mobility First! programme provided crucial connections and support towards engaging artists from across Southeast Asia to participate in the Borak Arts Series in Adelaide. This helped ensure that artists and producers from across the region had an opportunity to travel to the highly regarded conference, which was held outside of Malaysia for the first time and forged strong ties with the Australian performing arts sector.”

Joseph Mitchell, Artistic Director of OzAsia Festival & Adelaide Festival Centre (Australia) 

In 2018, ASEF & Adelaide Festival Centre launched a joint call for Southeast Asian cultural professionals to participate in the Borak Arts Series platform held in Adelaide, Australia

“I believe that collaborations like that one of ASEF and the Prince Claus Fund are absolutely indispensable. We see this as the future of the cultural domain, within the funder pool in Asia, Europe, & beyond. The reason is not only do 1 and 1 equals 3 by pooling financial possibilities, but we also have an opportunity as 2 very different organisations to learn from each other. The partnership is an opportunity to jointly advocate for the importance of creating more opportunities for people to travel. We believe that travel & the face-to-face work of artists from different backgrounds contributes to consolidating that which is humanity and that which fosters understanding throughout the world.”

Bertan Selim, Head of Grants & Collaborations, Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands)

In 2019-2020, ASEF & Prince Claus Fund launches a joint call for women and minority groups to travel from Asia & Europe

Frances Rudgard

“It was an easy decision for CLA and ASEF to create a joint fund. Over several years of working together in different capacities, we knew that such a collaboration would be smooth and most importantly that by working together we could not only increase the resources available, but that our respective strengths and ways of working would be complementary, and therefore generate a better result for the artists and practitioners we work with and for. ASEF is a fantastic partner, the team is friendly, efficient and always works to find solutions and constantly improve the process. The easy working relationship allows us to focus where it matters, on creating opportunities for artists from the global south to build badly needed networks.”

Frances Rudgard, Managing Director, Cambodian Living Arts

In 2019, ASEF & CLA launched a joint call for artists in conflict and south-south mobility. The partnership will continue in 2020 for a thematic area to be determined

About the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is an intergovernmental not-for-profit organisation located in Singapore. Founded in 1997, it is the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). ASEF promotes understanding, strengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions and organisations of Asia and Europe. ASEF enhances dialogue, enables exchanges and encourages collaboration across the thematic areas of culture, education, governance, sustainable development, economy and public health.

For more information, please visit the www.ASEF.org.