For over four decades EMYA has played a role in showcasing museum innovation and the particular role of museums in supporting access to culture, cultural diversity and human rights within the European museum landscape.

As an independent charity, EMF depends on the voluntary work contributed by judges, trustees and national correspondents, and on the support, grants, and sponsorships from a number of different partners.

The primary sources of income for EMF are the candidates’ application fees for the award scheme, and the fees for the annual conference. Supplementing these, the organisation receives invaluable institutional support from the Council of Europe, from the Municipality of Portimao, from a number of national ministries and museums associations, as well as from a number of private sponsors, such as the Silletto Trust, Event Communications, Meyvaert, Heritage and Museums, and Basetool.