I found the international conference to be very practical, with workshops and lectures on communication and story-telling in the cultural sector. As an example, there was a presentation by the communications director of TEH
— the Trans Europe Halles communication network - that brings together art centres located in former industrial zones. Izone is a part of their network.
I was interested in learning about the financial models employed in their cultural projects. Of the 20 institutions I've been corresponding with looking for information, only one was private. All the others were funded either partly or wholly by their municipality or by the state. That kind of support allows them to operate on a high level. I really liked the MENT
hub in Slovenia; they work exclusively in the music field. They don't have to diversify or look for support in related disciplines and they have an annual budget of two million euro – half from concert ticket sales and concessions and half from the city.