Grants for international festivals - Contemporary classical music


To support events held outside France to promote creation and the performance of new and recent works and involving a degree of artistic risk by including developing composers from the country in question.

Eligibility criteria

  • SACEM will give close consideration to applications involving composers who have participated in other initiatives supported by SACEM aimed at supporting these composers internationally, for example, New Music Focus events organised by the French Institute in 2015, professional meetings organised by the Bureau Export de la Musique Française, residencies for creation supported directly by SACEM or with combined funding from Diaphonique, Impuls Neue Musik, New Music Fund, etc.

  • Confirmation that the event is recognised by the local authors' society is required for the application to be considered.

  • Master classes, showcases or professional meetings to take place during the festival to promote emerging artists, audio-visual recordings or modules for publication online, and the organisation of residencies that establish paid collaborations with local creators and musicians, are important elements in support of applications for aid.

  • The presence of composers at professional meetings and any activity centred around them, such as media meetings, master classes, etc. is an important element in the general organisation of the festival.

Amount of funding

Up to 20% of the artistic budget, including the composer's travel expenses, to a maximum of €15,000.

Evaluation of applications

  • The Cultural Support Directorate will examine the application and make a decision on behalf of the Board of Directors. The project organisers will be notified in writing of the decision, whether positive or negative, which is final.
  • No application having once been considered can be re-submitted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Payment of support

  • The grant will be paid after an agreement has been signed with the beneficiary, setting out the conditions for support by Sacem.
  • The beneficiary must submit a written report on how the aid will be used within the time limit set out in the agreement, by saving an artistic review (with a list of any professional meetings) and a financial statement (specifying the amount of fees to be paid to the local authors' society) to the computerised file. Failure to provide these documents will result in consideration of any new application from the project organiser being suspended.

  • The SACEM logo and the motto 'la culture avec la copie privée (culture with private copying) must be displayed on all visual and written communications, and on all documents in general that relate to the SACEM-aided project.

Requirements for the application

  • A document with details of: 

- the festival programme, including any ancillary activities (additional activities and professional meetings for composers, planned or already scheduled).
- advertising policy, media partnerships, attendance, professionals attending, etc.


  • Certificate of commission (if applicable)
  • Budget and financing plan (form to be completed)
  • Any other document you may wish to submit in support of your application

Schedule for filing applications

The support programme is closed for the year 2020.