Grants for professional placements abroad - Music for the moving image


To support composers of music for the moving image on the international stage :


To enable composers of music for the moving image to participate in festivals and influential events outside France, where a film in which they have participated is selected, with professional meetings and ancillary events laid on by or for the composer, such as:

- Masterclasses
- Workshops
- Conferences
- Professional encounters such as interviews with journalists, meetings with producer-directors and foreign professional music supervisors.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applications can be made by the organisation offering the placement and meetings or by the composer.
  • Priority will be given to applications that include a range of activities for the composer: masterclasses, workshops, interviews with professional musicians and the local media, audiovisual recordings and interviews with the composer, etc.
  • Project organisers may submit a maximum of two (2) applications per year.
  • Grants awarded under this scheme cannot be combined with any other Sacem scheme for the same project.

Amount of funding

The grant awarded by Sacem will be up to 30% of the accommodation and transport costs, calculated on the cost of the project and any ancillary activities, 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 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. 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 composer participating in the film (listing all collaborations and shows outside France)
  • the project leader (if different from the composer)
  • a short description of the film and an artistic biography: director, producer, synopsis + musical role, any awards.
  • the festival or event that selected the film
  • the project and ancillary activities (a schedule of any supplementary activities: masterclasses, workshops, conferences, professional meetings and meetings with journalists, foreign professionals, recording of audiovisual modules for broadcast (TV or Internet), meetings with the public etc.)

- 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 can be made all year round.


Applications will be processed quarterly.


Sacem reserves the right to change these dates.