Frédéric Mitterrand closed the Valois Talks on Thursday 9 July. It was an opportunity to take stock of the results.

The first phase of the Valois Talks took place between 11 February 2008 and 30 January 2009. They brought together local authorities, trade unions of professionals and employees as well as artists, in a climate of mutual listening to discuss the future of public policies in the field of live performance. Since then, and in order to implement the reforms announced on 18 February in the Council of Ministers, the Talks have continued in the form of meetings of the “Meetings Committee” to be concluded on Thursday 9 July 2009.

The July 9 meeting took stock of the results of this second phase:

A renewed partnership with local authorities and professionals
In order to open a space for consultation on public policies in the field of live entertainment at the regional level, the «Live Entertainment Conferences» will be established. In each region, they will bring together public authorities and professionals, artists and heads of institutions. They will be a forum for dialogue and proposals on the organization and implementation of the live entertainment policy in the regions, and the secretariat will be provided by the regional cultural affairs directorate under the authority of the prefects.

A clarification of the State’s action through its financing mechanisms and its networks
All the framework texts specifying the missions and commitments of each labelled institution have been reviewed.
Each institution now has specific guidelines on main missions, for example in terms of welcoming artists and arts education.

Better consideration of employment and training issues
All public authorities share the same concerns, a common awareness of the stakes, possible deviations, a common desire to strengthen the link between public funding and employment. The actions of structuring and professionalization will continue.

At the end of this process, all the participants agreed on the need to perpetuate this method of work in order to address in particular the following projects:
- Functioning regional regulatory and coordination bodies
- Reciprocal commitments between structures and public authorities
- Shows better distributed
- More money to promote the emergence of talent and the development of creation.
- A European approach to the sector
- Proactive consideration of employment and training issues