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, eg Focus contemporary music 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 by pooled funds from Diaphonique, Impuls Neue Musik, FACE, etc.
  • Certification that the event is recognised by the local authors' society is required for the application to be considered.
  • Masterclasses, showcases or professional meetings to take place during the festival to promote emerging artists, audio-visual or web module recordings, and the organisation of residencies that establish paid collaborations with local creators and musicians are important elements in support of grant applications.

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 grant will be used within the time limit set out in the agreement, including an artistic review with a list of any professional meetings, and a financial statement specifying rights to be paid to the local authors' society. Failure to provide any of these documents will result in consideration of any new application from the project organiser being suspended.

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.


  • Confirmation of order
  • 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

Applications must be submitted before the end of August 2019.

Applications must reach us at least 4 months before the start of the project (except for festivals being held in January and February).


Application submission schedule for 2019:

- Applications submitted between 2 November 2018 and 14 January 2019: decision by mid-March 2019
- Applications submitted between 5 March 2019 and 13 May 2019: decision by mid-July 2019
- Applications submitted between 3 June 2019 and 26 August 2019: decision by mid-October 2019


Sacem reserves the right to modify these dates.