1,425 festivals devoted to “current music” in France in 2013
A study carried out by the French Society of Music Authors, Composers and Editors (SACEM), the National Centre for Song, Pop and Jazz Music (CNV) and the Current Music Information and Resource Centre (IRMA) investigates the world of music festivals in France.
Published in April 2014 during the Printemps de Bourges Festival, the study testifies to the great diversity of French live music scene, as well as to its deep roots in regional cultural heritage.
In 2013, in addition to the 233 classical/opera music festivals and 314 theater, audiovisual and street art events, 1,425 festivals devoted to current music were held in France. A great variety of music styles were performed there. Jazz, blues and improvised music represent nearly a third of the festivals of current music (28%), followed closely by electronic and amplified music (24%). Next are the festivals combining several music genres in their line-ups (21%), festivals of folk and world music (18%), and festivals devoted to song (9%).
Although half of the festivals are concentrated in five of the French regions (Ile-de-France, Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur, Bretagne and Midi-Pyrénées), the offering is extensive and varied throughout the country. Isabelle Fauvel of SACEM and researcher Emmanuel Négrier noted that electronic music is more often produced in the northern regions, while world music festivals tend to take place in the south – this can be attributed to their respective interactions with central Europe and the Mediterranean basin.
The proof of this phenomenon’s vitality: 48% of all festivals dedicated to current music were created in the past ten years. Electronic music and jazz represent the largest genres of focus. Festivals dedicated to traditional music take the prize for longevity, with an average of 17 years. The record is held by the Brittany-based Filets Bleus festival, which in 2014 is celebrating its 109th anniversary !
Find out more :
Articles in 20 Minutes (in French): “Festivals de musique en France: quelles tendances selon votre région ?” by Anaëlle Grondin, published April 24, 2014
SACEM infographics summarizing the study’s key figures (below in French)