The European Commission supports initiatives and prizes to raise the profile of the culture and audiovisual sectors in Europe. These actions highlight excellence, reward achievement and raise awareness of Europe’s culture and heritage.

An initiative putting culture at the heart of European cities with EU support for yearlong festivals of art and culture.

Music Moves Europe is the overarching framework for the European Commission's initiatives and actions in support of the European music sector that has been developed from a series of meetings with representatives of the music sector in 2015.

The European Heritage Label is given to sites selected for their symbolic value, the role they have played in the European history and activities they offer that bring the EU and its citizens closer together.

The EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - the Mies van der Rohe Award - has been awarded since 2001 to celebrate excellence in architectural works built across Europe. The award also highlights the contribution of quality architecture to sustainable development and citizens' well-being.

Music Moves Europe Talent Awards, the EU prize for popular and contemporary music is an European Union initiative designed to support emerging talent, to promote and celebrate the richness of the European repertoire.

The European Union Prize for Literature recognises the best emerging authors in Europe every year. Launched by the European Commission in 2009, the prize is open to countries participating in the Creative Europe programme for the cultural and creative sectors.

The Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) was created in 2016 to highlight outstanding diploma projects of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture students from all over Europe and selected third countries. The award is granted every even year.

The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards highlight some Europe's best achievements in heritage care, and showcase remarkable efforts made in raising awareness about cultural heritage in Europe.

The European Union Prize for Literature recognises every year the best emerging authors in Europe. Launched by the European Commission in 2009, the prize is open to countries participating in the Creative Europe programme for the cultural and creative sectors.