Grants for international tours and showcases - Contemporary music and jazz


To support the development of international careers for creators and assist producers who take the risk of producing shows outside France.


To provide ongoing support for songwriters and composers who have received assistance in the past through schemes in which Sacem is involved, such as those developed by the Bureau Export de la Musique Française, the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE), The Bridge, international schemes operated by the Jazzé Croisé Association (AJC), Avant-Garde au MaMA, etc. 

Eligibility criteria

  • The project leader must be an established producer holding an entertainment licence for French establishments, or a foreign equivalent in line with the relevant national legislation, whose main activity is the development of artists' careers.
  • Must involve creators who are developing their careers internationally (outside France).
  • Tours must consist of at least 5 dates over a period of 2 months.
  • Single show-cases at events in which foreign professionals are participating, and events focusing on French creation are also eligible.
  • The inclusion of professional meetings, audio-visual or web module recording of concerts, on-site video recording and any collaboration with musicians and creators from the target country(-ies) etc. will be advantageous to the grant application.
  • For this scheme, a maximum of two applications per year may be submitted by each project leader.
  • This scheme cannot be combined with any other SACEM Cultural Activity assistance for the same project.
  • The international strategy, in the target territories at least, must be attached to the application.

Amount of funding

Up to 30% of the artistic budget and travel expenses up to €7,000 for tours, and €5,000 for single concerts or showcases.

Evaluation of applications

  • The application will be considered by the Directorate of Cultural Support Programmes 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 specifying how the grant will be used within the time limit set out in the agreement and including a summary of the professional meetings planned 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

- biographies of the artistic team (songwriters, composers, musicians)

- the production organisation and the artist's professional role

- the strategy used to address the target territories, including professional entourage in the target territories, the policies for physical and digital distribution, promotion and marketing, etc.

- the artist's Internet presence


  • A provisional programme of any planned or scheduled professional meetings for songwriters/composers, if applicable (form to be completed)
  • Budget and financing plan (form to be completed)
  • Standard tour programme: list of works usually performed during the show (form to be completed)
  • Links to any online recordings or a CD sent by post (to Direction de l’Action culturelle, Pôle International, Sacem, 225 avenue Charles de Gaulle – 92528 Neuilly-sur-Seine cedex)
  • Any other document you may wish to submit in support of your application

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.