Enlightening cultural facts with figures and documented knowledge helps to build public policies for culture.
For more than fifty years, it has been one of the missions of the Ministry of Culture to better know the cultural behaviour of the French but also to have a precise knowledge of actors and sectors that make up the cultural field. Several investigative devices have been set up to have comparable indicators over the long term.
These decades of observation of cultural events give her a unique insight into the economy and sociology of culture: cultural expenditure of local authorities (five-year survey), cultural practices of the French (decennial survey), youth recreation, the economy of cultural industries, the importance of culture in the economy...
All knowledge about the cultural field in a summary sheet and the data made available in spreadsheet format is the mission of the key figures of culture and communication published each year during the first semester: morphology and economy of the cultural field, funding of culture, heritage, creation and dissemination, media and cultural industries, etc. Looking for a figure, you want to know a sector better? It’s here.
Since the beginning of the 1970s, the Ministry of Culture has carried out every ten years Cultural Practices Survey which, over time, has become the main instrument for monitoring French cultural and media behaviour. Find here the six editions of the survey.
Cultural expenditure of local authorities
Although the Ministry of Culture drives public policies on culture, it is not the only actor: local and regional authorities have, for several decades, made culture one of their fields of action. Since the early 1990s, the Department of Studies, Foresight and Statistics of the Ministry of Culture has been regularly measuring the cultural effort of local authorities. Initially five-year, the monitoring system has become annual since 2015.
Find here the latest survey on the cultural expenditure of local authorities.
The Atlas of Culture
To illustrate the cultural dynamics of each territory and to guarantee their comparability from the national to the communal level: the Atlas is a valuable tool for observing and constructing public policies of culture in the regions. Consult here the digital version of the Atlas.
Established in 2011, the measure of the direct economic weight of culture makes it possible to situate the commercial cultural sectors in the economy as a whole and to measure their evolution for nearly a decade.
Find here publications on the economic weight of culture.
Born of a desire to guarantee a better representation of women in all positions of culture and communication, the observatory for equality between women and men measure every year, since 2013, the share of women in cultural administration, in the media, professions, sectors and large institutions. An indispensable barometer of the evolution towards greater equality within culture and communication.