Aid for Writing Workshops/Songwriting Camps and Residences - Popular Music and Jazz


To encourage writing workshops and residences outside France between songwriters/composers who are  members of Sacem and their counterparts of other nationalities. To promote intercultural exchanges between songwriters and composers from different countries. To set up professional and creative meetings between various stakeholders on the music scene.


This programme is designed to enable individual songwriters and composers to participate in writing workshops organised by various establishments, mainly outside France, through their publishers or professional partnerships, bringing together song writers and composers of different nationalities. It is also aimed at organisers of 'songwriting camps' who wish to invite songwriters and composers who are members of Sacem.

Eligibility criteria

The project leader must be either the organisation holding the workshops or the publisher or professional organisation promoting the songwriter's or composer's international career.


A note detailing the international aspirations of the songwriters/composers and any strategy in place to develop their careers in the target territory(-ies) would be greatly appreciated.


Particular consideration will be given to:

  • Projects promoting songwriters or composers considered as 'emerging' or not widely known, or whose work is not widely available in the territory(-ies) concerned.
  • The range of ancillary activities organised for songwriters and composers: master classes, workshops, meetings with professionals and the local media, audiovisual recordings and interviews with the composer, etc.
  • The workshops, professional meetings and complementary activities planned must be detailed (any planned development scheme).
  • Works created at the co-writing workshop must be detailed.
  • Project organisers may submit a maximum of two 2 applications per year.
  • Aid awarded under this scheme cannot be combined with any other Sacem aid for the same project (especially the pre-production publisher's programme).
  • Sacem welcomes advance consultation on organising workshops and processes for selecting participants.

Amount of funding

Sacem will calculate the amount of the grant based on the project and ancillary activities organised for the composer, to a maximum of €10,000.

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 transferred after an agreement has been signed with the beneficiary, setting out the conditions for Sacem support.
  • 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 the 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- For writing and co-writing workshops by organisational project leaders:

  • Description of the writing workshop/songwriting camp 
  • Description of previous writing workshops/songwriting camps held
  • Description of songwriters/composers and their publishers (if the songwriter/composer has been published).
  • Ancillary activities
  • Budget and financing plan


b- For songwriters/composers submitting applications via their publishers or the organisation assisting them with this project:

  • Description of the writing workshop/songwriting camp and the organising body
  • Short biographies of the songwriters and composers taking part
  • Give details of:

- Previous participation in songwriting camps or writing workshops.
- Previous career development projects in the relevant territories and collaborations with other foreign songwriters or composers.


  • Details of the motivation and aspirations of the career development project and any collaborations planned for the future.
  • Budget and financing plan.
  • Concise summary sheet.
  • For applications from majors: only one intra-group application can be submitted per year.

Schedule for filing applications

The support programme is closed for the year 2020.