The French stakeholders of the international cooperation [fr]

The cultural network in Canada relies on many stakeholders and agencies in France

1/ Directorate General for Globalization, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

This directorate defines and implements, in conjunction with the administrations concerned, France’s activities in economic and social areas with regard to international organizations and intergovernmental organizations operating internationally. It also participates in the development and implementation of international cooperation in the governance sector.

It monitors international economic and financial issues. On behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, it helps define policies relating to global public property. It helps to promote France and contributes to policies that support French companies abroad as well as to the development of university and scientific cooperation, including encouraging foreign students and researchers to come to France. It develops external cultural and artistic initiatives, as well as the teaching of French abroad. As such, it supervises the Agency for French Education Abroad. It helps define and implement cooperative government initiatives involving the Francophonie and calls upon the services of the state’s international networks for global issues.

It is responsible for budget plans concerning international cooperation and development set out in finance law and in those under the jurisdiction of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. On behalf of the Ministry, it runs the joint Secretariat of the Interministerial Committee for International Cooperation and Development, supervises stakeholders in French international cooperation and develops the policies and strategies of the official development assistance players, particularly the French Development Agency. It monitors the international activities of non-governmental organisations. It supports the activities of local authorities as part of decentralised cooperation.

2/ L’institut Français

Encompassing the performance arts sector (circus performance, dance, theatre, street performance, puppetry and current, classical, early and contemporary music), visual arts and architecture, as much for artists living and working in France as those on the African continent and in the Caribbean region, the mission of the Institut français is to:

• Encourage the discovery of artistic scenes in France, Africa and the Caribbean; develop thematic projects for multidisciplinary programming and respond to the event dynamics that will allow the promotion of artistic scenes in various disciplines

• Support international performance tours for exchanges with foreign museums or partners
• Develop artistic programming for major cultural events in cooperation with curators

• Provide artistic expertise and advice to the many partners worldwide
From its headquarters in Paris, the Institut Français agency is linked to the world through the French cultural network, represented in Canada by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France (Ottawa) and its Consulates General (Moncton, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec City).


Created in 1990, the Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger (AEFE) is a national public institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. It provides public service functions relating to education for French children residing outside France and contributes to the influence of the French language and culture as well as strengthening relations between the French and international education systems. The AEFE’s objective is to promote an education network that is unique in the world, made up of 470 institutions in 130 countries.

There are nine recognized schools in Canada.

4/ CAMPUS France Agency

CampusFrance operates under ministerial authority and in consultation with higher education institutions and their associations. Its goal is to promote French higher training around the world and to offer international students a path to success in accessing higher education in France, from their home country to their host country, beginning with the first pieces of information, during their stay in France and continuing through to the return to their home country.

This role was broadened again by a recent law dated July 27, 2010, which gave CampusFrance the status of industrial and commercial public institution (EPIC). Morevoer, the July 27 legislation was supplemented by further enabling legislation outlining the structure of the new organization. This legislation was published in the official gazette on January 31, 2012. In this way, the existing agency will combine its efforts with the EGIDE association, the primary player in international exchanges in France, and will then accommodate the international activities of CNOUS. The duties of this new organization will now involve:

• International development and promotion of the French higher education and professional training system, including regular follow-up with foreign nationals who have completed all or part of their curriculum in the French education system or the French teaching network abroad

• Catering to the needs of foreign students and researchers, including help with issuing visas and lodging, in support of universities, schools and other higher education and research institutions, as well as regional bodies

• Management of bursaries, internships and other international exchange programs for students and researchers

• Promotion and development of higher learning through new information and communication technologies

5/ Ministry of Culture and Communication – Development and International Affairs Delegation

The international activities of the Ministry of Culture and Communication are coordinated and led by the Delegation for European and International Affairs (DAEI) in collaboration with the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs (DRAC), and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Department of European and International Affairs drafts the positions of the Ministry in its bilateral relations with foreign states, in multilateral institutions and decision-making bodies.

It plays a role within UNESCO in the development of an agreement on the protection of the diversity of cultural content and artistic expression.

The development of international cultural cooperation is one of the main areas of international focus and hinges on four main functions: hosting and training foreign artists and cultural professionals, supporting cultural industries, and promoting international cooperation and foreign cultures in France.

6/ Le Bureau Export de la Musique Française

Le Bureau Export de la Musique Française is a non-profit association created in 1993 by French music producers with the support of public authorities and professional organizations from the recording and performing arts industries. Its goal is to collectively support French music professionals to increase the international profile of their artists and work, and to thereby promote the sale of French music abroad.


The goal of Le Bureau Export de la Musique Française is to support music professionals in their export approach, to make tools and contacts available to them to facilitate their canvassing work, and to lower their risk, thanks mainly to financial aid programs. For the sake of general interest, the Bureau Export contributes observation, information, advice and help for canvassing and development with French music labels. The Bureau Export connects French and international professionals by highlighting the necessary synergy among the various partners and players in France and abroad. It organizes professional gatherings in France and internationally. The Bureau Export provides communication and support by offering detailed information on French productions using a range of communication tools that aim to promote artists internationally. Finally, the Bureau Export offers various financial support programs to French music labels through the use of export and promotion commissions.


With the support of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Bureau Export de la Musique Française has built a network of nine offices and correspondents around the world, in the key market territories, with regional responsibilities that sometimes extend beyond their location. Depending on their area and the partners around them, each office or correspondent can recommend their own tools and support.

in Germany (Berlin) / Regional responsibilities extend to Austria, German-speaking Switzerland, the Netherlands and Eastern countries.
in England (London) / Regional responsibilities extend to the United Kingdom
in Spain (Barcelona) / Regional responsibilities extend to Portugal
in the United States (New York)
in Japan (Tokyo)

in Brazil (Sao Paulo)
in Mexico (Mexico City)
in Russia (Moscow)
in Poland (Warsaw)


Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication and SACEM, in 2005 the Bureau Export began a targeted aid initiative for exporting classical music. This program is based on the implementation of communication initiatives and information tools. A Resource Centre was established; two guides pertaining exclusively to classical music have already been published: the French Classical Music Directory and the Cahier Export UK – Classique. In addition, the Bureau Export initiates collective efforts and promotional operations with the goal of developing a network of French and international classical music professionals.

The Bureau Export also provides direct financial support for professionals through the Commission Promotion pour les Musiques Classiques, which began in 2006, and whose goal is to help artists promote themselves and their work internationally.

All of these activities are coordinated from France. Since the network’s offices do not deal directly with the classical music industries in their regions, it is recommended that you contact from the person responsible for classical music at the Bureau Export Paris in case of questions. For more information: Espace Musiques Classiques


The Bureau Export de la Musique Française is aimed at all music professionals who want to introduce working French artists abroad. The Bureau Export’s main partners are:

- French music labels,

- French DJs,

- French artists and managers (through music labels),

- French publishers,

- the French cultural network abroad,

- French and international media,

- international music industry professionals potentially interested in French artists: music labels, DJs, festivals, publishers, etc.


• French music labels,
• Government bodies:

- the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

- the Ministry of Culture and Communication,

- CulturesFrance,

- Ubifrance (the French agency for international business development),
• Professional organizations:

- the SCPP (Société Civile des Producteurs Phonographiques),
- the SPPF (Société des Producteurs Phonographiques Français),
- the SNEP (Syndicat National de l’Edition Phonographique),
- SACEM (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique),
- the FCM (Fonds pour la Création Musicale),
- the CNV (Centre National pour la Chanson, le Jazz et la Variété)

Last modified on 26/06/2012

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