Regulations, aid schemes
- Decentralized aid for performing arts: Convention on theatre, circus and street arts
Decentralized grants for live performances are awarded by the Regional Cultural Affairs Directorates (DRAC and DAC) to about 1200 independent teams each year in the fields of dance, music, theatre, circus and street arts. These aids are of two kinds:
- annual project aid,
- aid for multi annual agreements.
Eligible audience Artists, artists' collectives, theatre companies, street and circus arts.
Access the space steps which allows you to file an online request for deconcentrated assistance for live entertainment (theatre, circus, street arts) for the year 2023.
- Tax credit for theatrical performances of dramatic works
The purpose of the tax credit is to support the creation, exploitation and digitization of theatrical performances of dramatic works and to specifically target the work of performing arts companies that promote artistic employment.
. Mechanism and procedure;
- National aid for the creation of dramatic texts
Each year, creative assistance helps to accompany some fifty texts, notably through their circulation in francophone and international networks, as well as to promote the influence of their authors.
. Learn more about the device
. Request Assistance
- Assistance for companionship:
Since 2008, the Ministry of Culture’s compagnonnage system has been designed to promote the transmission and professional integration of theatre companies, puppets, circus and street arts. Companionship is a process of accompaniment allowing, in a given time of the order of a season, the organization of sequences of exchanges, work and checks between an artistic team and a companion, young director or author.
2022 Buddy Assistance Request Files must be sent no later than Monday, March 7, 2022.
. 2022 Device and Procedure
- Commission internationale du théâtre francophone – (C.I.T.F.)
Created in 1987 to support francophone theatre creation, the Commission internationale du théâtre francophone (C.I.T.F.) supports projects that give artists the opportunity to discover other francophone cultures and enrich their artistic approach and reach new audiences.
To view programs and download application forms > https://citf-info.net/
Arts of the street and circus arts
- Creative support for street and circus arts
These aids concern the creation of shows in the circus arts sector on the one hand, and creation projects, regardless of discipline, taking into account the public space on the other.
Applications are submitted by professional creative structures, including circus arts companies, or delegated producers to whom the artist(s) will have delegated by contract responsibility for the implementation of the project.
- Deadline for submission: 15 February 2023, 23:59 (Paris time). No file may be filed or considered after this date.
- Support for the roaming of creative circuses
The purpose of the roaming assistance is the specific costs of the tent roaming: assembly and dismantling costs, approach costs (fuel oil, motorway, etc.), the cost of maintaining the equipment, and the wages of the labour required to roam the tent. Other costs relating to the tour (artists' fees, administrative fees, communication fees) are not covered by this aid.
Applications for assistance should be submitted in both paper and digitized formats to the companies' reference drac by May 15, 2022.
2022 Creative Circuses Help Roam
. Standard budget form
. Standard season form
Files will be heard by DGCA, with DRAC notification, in June 2022 and grant payments will be made by DRAC in summer 2022
- Assistance for the homeless of family circuses
Assistance for the homeless family circuses has several objectives:
> support family circuses that have made the choice to roam under a tent;
> to reduce the costs of transport and installation of capitals borne by circuses offering their shows in self-production;
> promote the distribution of circus under marquee on the territories with special attention to disadvantaged areas (tours in rural areas, small towns).
2022 applications must be sent before 4 July 2022 to:
email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the 2022-2023 Touring Family Circus Assistance Form
- Writing for the street
Implemented by SACD and DGCA, Write for the street is a device to accompany original writings for public space.
. All information concerning this system can be found on the SACD portal
. Consult the call for projects 2022
- Creation open to street and circus arts
Aids to playwrights not exclusively textual. Within the framework of aid for the creation of dramatic works, aid was instituted for dramaturgies not exclusively textual. In particular, this assistance is intended to support writing other than text. These can be projects based on multidisciplinary artistic expressions (see Theatre: Support for Dramatic Creation).
- Support for the occupational integration of young graduates DSNP - Circus artist
Fund of encouragement to artistic and cultural initiatives of amateurs
Immersive Creative Fund
The Fund supports innovative audiovisual works based on an immersive creative approach. Immersive works are audiovisual creations that offer a dynamic viewing experience related to the shifting of the gaze and/or the activation of visual or sound content by the viewer, using virtual or augmented reality technologies or any other device allowing immersion.
Introduction to the procedure
Fund national for permanent employment in the show (FONPEPS)
The National Fund for Permanent Employment in the Show (FONPEPS), divided into 9 concrete measures, is the first fund created to actively support permanent employment in the show.
Presentation of the device
The ministry helps live entertainment professionals (companies, companies, schools) to purchase and renew the equipment needed for their activities: works, rolling stock, heating, miscellaneous equipment, etc. Such aid may not, however, concern the purchase of decorations or other perishable material necessary for a given production. They are allocated by the DRAC.
The license of elive entertainment entrepreneur
For information about the production, distribution or exploitation of live performances, find all the questions and answers about the Live Entertainment Entrepreneurs Platform (LSP).
Le Guichet Unic (GUSO)
The GUSO - One-stop-shop for occasional shows - is an administrative simplification mechanism that makes it possible to make declarations and pay social contributions on behalf of the following social protection bodies:
- Afdas (vocational training)
- Audiens (supplementary pension and provident insurance)
- CMB (occupational health and medicine)
- Les Congés Spectacles (paid leave - managed by Audiens)
- Unédic (Unemployment insurance)
- Urssaf (Social security)
Training specific to the security of the shows
Training in show safety, as defined in section 7 of the order of September 21, 2015, makes it possible to obtain the certificate of training in show safety limited to the operation of establishments receiving from the public (ERP) of this type and category. This certificate may be submitted in support of an application for a live entertainment contractor’s licence in the 1st category provided for in Article R. 7122-3 of the Labour Code
> List of approved centres for the provision of training specific to the safety of spectacles
The declarative regime for artistic agents has been abolished since 1 January 2016 pursuant to the provisions of theOrder no. 2015-1682 of 17 December 2015 simplifying certain schemes for the prior authorization and declaration of undertakings and professionals. As a result, artistic agents can now carry out their activity under the conditions laid down in the Labour Code without first asking the Ministry of Culture for their entry in the Register of Artistic Agents.
The provisions relating to the exercise of the profession of agent are specified in Articles L7121-9 to L7121-13 of the Labour Code and by the Decree 2011-517 of 11 May 2011
To go further: a few gbest practices
> European and international action
The Directorate-General for Artistic Creation is developing a policy of support for European and international action by creative artists.
This brochure presents the main mechanisms and organizations that support the development of international strategies in the fields of performing arts and visual arts.
This online document also offers resources, in French, English and Spanish, for foreign professionals wishing to develop partnerships and cooperation in France.
> Download the brochure Artistic creation - Performing arts & visual arts (English/French) / Artistic creation - Artes escénicas y visuales (French/Spanish)
> Development of a Circus Arts Practice Space (Animation – Education – Training / Recommendations, instructions and obligations)
January 2018. Developed by the Security Sub-Committee of the National Council of Performing Professions, this guide is a vademecum of the rules and recommendations essential to accompany you in the development of a place of practice of the circus arts. It has been designed for all actors in charge of the practice of circus arts whatever the forms of practices exercised (animation, professional training, activity for disabled people, ...).
> Download the Guide d'aménagement d'un lieu de pratique des arts du cirque
> Organizing an Art Event in the Public Space – A Guide to Good Practice
Edited by ARTCENA — Centre national des arts du cirque, de la rue et du théâtre
New updated and expanded version (2017). Intended for event organizers, elected officials, companies, municipal services, artists and technical managers, this guide proposes a methodology in compliance with the regulations, at the service of artistic creation and centered on dialogue and collaboration between all concerned professionals.
> Download the Good Practice Guide - Organizing an Art Event in the Public Space
> Guide to social obligations related to the employment of artists and technicians in the live and recorded performing sectors
The Guide to Social Obligations Related to the Employment of Artists and Technicians in the Live and Recorded Performance Sectors gathers information on the legal and regulatory obligations of performing artists. It is made available to the cultural actors of the performing arts. This version updated in 2016 by the Directorate General for Artistic Creation, was produced in partnership with the National Centre for Cinema and Animated Images, the Directorate General for Labour, the Directorate for Health, the Directorate for Social Security, and the CNC, with the collaboration also of Afdas and Audiens.
> Download the Guide des obligations sociales du spectacle vivant et enregistré
> Illegal work and live and recorded entertainment
With a view to prevention, awareness-raising and information, an information brochure on illegal work in live entertainment was prepared jointly by the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the National Delegation for the fight against fraud. The social partners in the show were consulted on the drafting of this document.
> Download the brochure 'Illegal work and live and recorded entertainment'
> Practical guide to visas
The Practical Guide to Visas, produced by Zone Franche and the Comité Visas Artistes, reports on the recent legislative and regulatory progress related to the adoption of the law of 7 March 2016 on the law of foreigners in France whose implementing decrees were published on 28 October 2016. This new law contains several administrative simplification measures that have a direct impact on the practice of professionals working with foreign artists. This guide summarizes the latest texts published on the subject (decrees, decrees, and circulars).
> Download the Practical Guide to Visas
> The "Removable Materials and Assemblies" Notice
The memento "Materials and Ensembles Démontables" published by the SYNPASE, National Union of Service Providers of Scenic Audiovisual and Events, presents the "rules of art" in the implementation of ensembles démontables. Resulting from a collective work of 18 months, it has involved all parties concerned with the issues related to the safety of removable assemblies.
A reference tool for those involved in events and live performances, the reminder is aimed at all the professionals concerned (designers, manufacturers, service providers and verifiers). It is presented here in its 4th edition, its evolutionary character allows it to adapt to technical progress and normative evolutions.
> Download the memento "Removable Materials and Assemblies"
> Download the memento in English: Memento “Removable Equipment and Sets”
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