Grants for international tours and concerts - Contemporary classical music


  • To support concerts by French and foreign ensembles and orchestras.
  • To promote the participation of composer members of Sacem at these concerts by encouraging the organisation of press conferences, masterclasses and professional meetings with composers. The production and broadcasting of audiovisual content will increase the value of partnerships. 
  • To encourage follow-up for composers who have previously received grants through funding schemes and joint initiatives in which Sacem participates, such as schemes organised by the Export Office, the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation (FACE), Diaphonique, Impuls neue musik and Focus Musique Contemporaine organised by the Institut Français.

Eligibility criteria

  • The ensemble must be legally constituted (as an association or company) and take part in regular concerts and broadcasts in France or abroad.
  • Tours must consist of at least three dates.
  • Priority will be given to projects that involve a series of concerts rather than a single concert, as Sacem is keen to see works performed multiple times.
  • Special consideration will be given to:
    - programmes of works that have been performed infrequently in the territory (-ies) concerned and work by composers considered ‘emerging’ in the countries in question
    - concerts held as part of a ‘French season’ or events that acknowledge French creativity. Ensembles proposing a series of concerts in the same country or region will be given priority. 
    - activities organised in conjunction with concert(s) held abroad and the composers scheduled to perform, such as masterclasses with the composer(s), media promotion, concert recording and broadcasts, professional meetings, etc.
    - concerts with recordings released on CD or other digital media in the territory concerned.


  • Project organisers may submit a maximum of two (2) applications a year.
  • Grants awarded under this scheme cannot be combined with schemes by Impuls Neue Musik, FACE or Diaphonique.
  • The international strategy, in the target territories at least, must be attached to the application.


- Publishers wishing to use works from their catalogue to support the composers involved, as a promotional exercise for the catalogue, may be eligible for the Commission Classique du Burex (Burex Classical Music Grant).
- Consultation is held with the Institut Français  concerning its scheduled seasons, years and festivals.

Amount of funding

Up to 30% of the artistic budget, plus transportation costs, to a maximum of €12,000.

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 receive written notification of the Directorate's decision, 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. 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 giving details of:
    - the project, including a detailed concert programme
    - the ensemble, the artistic team and links between the ensemble and the composers in the programme (previous orders, previous works, regular work, etc.):
    - a) For French ensembles: the group should give details of its international development policy and recent experience
    - b) For foreign ensembles : the programme should specify what work has been done in terms of contemporary creation and broadcasting non-national repertoires


  • A provisional schedule of any professional meetings planned or scheduled for the composers, if applicable (form to be completed)
  • Budget and financing plan (form to be completed)
  • Tour programme: list of works usually performed during the show (form to be completed)
  • Internet links to any recorded titles or CD sent by post (Direction de l’Action culturelle, Pôle International, 225 avenue Charles de Gaulle - 92528 Neuilly-sur-Seine cedex)
  • Any document you think may support your application
  • The artist's Internet presence: website, presence on streaming platforms and social media

Schedule for filing applications

Applications can be submitted up till the end of August 2019.

Applications must reach us at least 4 months before the start of the project, except for tours taking place 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 change these dates.