Reshaping the European media funding environment and helping publishers with business development.
The Center for Sustainable Media is a mission-driven consultancy and think-tank working to improve the European media funding environment.
We offer consultancy services around digital audience revenues. We help design and develop donation/membership/subscription programs and advise on audience/community engagement, audience surveys, user acquisition and retention, loyalty news products, funnels and payment and the necessary IT infrastructure.
We help identify and develop institutional funding opportunities with an emphasis on large-scale grants by the European Commission, VLOPs, big philanthropy and other similar sources. We help develop project ideas and align them with the strategic goals of publishers, find the right partners and build successful consortia, construct budgets, write applications and help with implementation, including project management and reporting.
We work directly with large international media development organisations and the donor community, helping them design and implement effective interventions.
We talk to decision-makers and key stakeholders to secure fair, stable and equitable funding for independent media companies and to push to introduce new funding mechanisms like investment subsidies and consumption incentives.
Peter Erdelyi is the founding director of the Center for Sustainable Media. He is a media executive from Budapest, Hungary, with 20+ years of experience in journalism and media management. He serves on the Executive Board of the European Digital Media Observatory, consults for the Media Development Investment Fund and teaches digital media strategy at the ELTE University in Budapest. As a Fellow at the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford, he researched digital audience revenue strategies in CEE and the Global South. Over the past two decades, he has been involved with launching and running various digital outlets in Hungary.
Miklos Rozsa is the co-founder of the Center for Sustainable Media. He is a Budapest-based grant and development expert who works with media companies, NGOs, SMEs and large corporations from the R&D sector. He and his team led the award and successful implementation of more than EUR 20 million in grant funding over the past two decades. He has been involved in the media sector since the mid-2000s and managed the publishing house of EurActiv.hu, the Brussels-based Hungarian-language news portal. Most recently, he has been running large-scale EU and US-funded media development projects in Hungary.