Theatre, circus, street art, puppetry, storytelling… France has the distinction of having, together with its network of venues and festivals, structured theatrically by the support given to independent companies. There are more than 6,000 companies licensed as entertainment entrepreneurs. A large number of them target their creations to young audiences.
While some, who are in the minority, have a workplace that is sometimes shared with other artists, the vast majority depend on the production or broadcast venues in order to create their own show. Established in a given territory, they often carry out an important work of arts and cultural education and intervene with different audiences (schools, people with disabilities, social precariousness, etc.).
Approximately 300 drama companies are covered by the DRAC agreements for an amount that cannot be less than €50,000 per year; 300 also, often younger in their career and structuring, benefit from project aid allocated in DRAC. According to the policy of their region and city of establishment, they sometimes benefit from the support of local authorities.