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France/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.2 Performing arts and music

  • Ordinance n°45-2339 of 13 October 1945 (modified) on shows and performances, which regulates the professional activity of performing arts entrepreneurs and defines conditions under which licences are allocated (licence d'entrepreneur du spectacle vivant);
  • Labour Code, articles L7122-1 and following ; articles D7122-1 et R7122-2 and following;
  • Decree n°72-904 of 2 October 1972 on the contracts for decentralisation of support to drama (contrats de décentralisation dramatique);
  • Decree n°2013-353 of 25 April 2013 on the National Council of Performing Arts Professions (Conseil national des professions of spectacle);
  • Charter of the Public Service Missions for Performing Arts of 1998: specifies the principles of State action in favour of the performing arts;
  • Circular of Prime Minister of 6 August 2003 on the mobilisation of the State departments on the economic and social situation in the audiovisual, cinema and performing arts sectors;
  • Circular of 4 March 2004 on the installation of regional bodies for social dialogue in the performing arts sector: the regional committees of the performing arts (comités régionaux des professions of spectacle, Coreps);
  • Circular n°2007/006 of 5 March 2007 on public financing and employment in the performing arts;
  • Circular of 28 January 2010 on the implementation, for performing artists and technicians, of the provisions of the Economic Modernisation Act of 4 August 2008 (loi de modernisation de l'économie) that created the statute of "auto-entrepreneur" (this is a specific status for independent and self-employed workers (like some artists, creators, performers…) who can benefit from reduced taxes and charges);
  • Note-Circular of 31 August 2010 (modified) relative to the national titles and networks in the performing arts – implementation of the partnership-based policy of the State; and
  • Administrative order (arrêté) of 20 December 2012 that applies the Labour Code (regulatory part) regarding the licence of performing arts entrepreneur (licence d'entrepreneur du spectacle vivant).

Chapter published: 18-05-2017

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