The Compendium offers qualified information on the arts and cultural education policies of the EU member states. The primary objective of the compendium is to present an overview of how various European countries shape and implement arts and cultural policy. The underlying, long term goals are to achieve more coordination and cooperation between the different countries and to learn from each other's experiences and findings.

To begin with the Compendium will be just in English. Until 2011, the number of countries participating in the compendium will be limited.