Current music is not supported enough in French-speaking Switzerland – rts.ch
Current music suffers from a lack of public support in French-speaking Switzerland, according to a study published on Wednesday. As a result, artists from Romandie struggle to consolidate a career and to export themselves efficiently at Swiss and international level.
The survey is the result of a mandate given by the Conference of department heads and delegates for cultural affairs of the French-speaking cantons (CDAC) to the Romande Foundation for Song and Current Music (FCMA) and to PETZI, the umbrella organization of non-profit concert halls and contemporary music festivals. It represents nearly two years of work, write the FCMA and PETZI in a press release.
“The objective was to establish a map of support for current music in French-speaking Switzerland as well as recommendations for public authorities and actors in the field for better consideration of the sector, a redefinition of support systems in place and the application of devices aimed at improving the dissemination of works and artists from French-speaking Switzerland”, write the foundation and the umbrella organization.
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L’in twelve towns and three agglomerations of municipalities in seven French-speaking cantons: Geneva, Vernier, Nyon, Lausanne, Vevey, Yverdon, Bulle, Fribourg, Neuchâtel, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Sion and Delémont.
She sifted through the data of four types of aid recipients: artists, venues (clubs, concert halls and festivals), support structures (FCMA, labels, booking and management agencies) and others (umbrellas, museums, radios, mediation, etc.).
If the definitions sometimes vary, current music generally includes rock, pop, song, rap, electro, jazz and improvised music or even traditional and world music.
The study focused on twelve towns and three agglomerations of municipalities in seven French-speaking cantons. [FCMA/PETZI]
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One of the main conclusions of the study is “the lack of public support for current music”, “by far not sufficient”. This lack of help “does not match the enthusiasm encountered by this field, whether in concert or listening at home”, can we read in the report.
“This lack of funding at all levels (artists, concert halls and festivals, surrounding structures) is one of the factors that explain the difficulty for artists from Romandie to consolidate a career and to export themselves efficiently. automatically under-remunerated work, i.e. stages of development that do not give rise to paid work and far too much hidden work”, notes the study.
Amount of subsidies by administrative level and by type of beneficiary. [FCMA/PETZI]