Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, in agreement with Véronique Matillon, Mayor of Rambouillet, gives its approval to the Association l'Usine à Chapeaux for the appointment of Clément Praud as director of the current music scene, the Chapeaux Factory, in accordance with the jury’s proposal on 15 April 2021.

Clément Praud began his career as a programmer at the Warehouse in Paris before taking on the role of coordinator of the network of current music in Paris (MAP) from 2008 to 2011. In 2011, he founded the PolyChrone company to produce shows and accompany artists. In parallel, he worked as a strategy consultant and accompanied cultural structures such as the Colonne orchestra in the framework of the «Maison Colonne» project in 2019. He has also carried out cultural engineering and training missions, notably for the information and resource centre for current music – IRMA (administrative structuring of artists, creation of cultural enterprises, legal framework for live performance...). He joined the Chapeaux Factory in May 2020 to take on the role of interim director of SMAC following the departure of the previous director.

Clément Praud’s project for l'Usine à Chapeaux defends an artistic line focused on showcasing the Francophonie. It is fully in line with the label’s mission and requirements in terms of artistic and cultural diversity. It proposes to develop the support of developing artists through the creation of a «Maison des Musiques Actuelles», an increased presence of artists by offering them white cards or the strengthening of co-productions. Clément Praud hopes that cooperation with all players in the territory and in the current music sector will be part of a network approach. His fine and diversified knowledge of the sector will be judiciously used to lead the overall project of the Chapeaux Factory, a structure that brings together a SMAC, a Youth and Culture Centre – MJC and a Social Centre.

Clément Praud will take up his duties on 1er August 2021. He will succeed Eric Paris who led the Chapeaux Factory in 2019.