World Music


A mul­ti-stake­hold­er net­work :


More than
200 members

In France and

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The association

The Zone Franche asso­ci­a­tion was found­ed in 1990, when the encounter between tra­di­tion­al oral music and the sounds of glob­al­iza­tion was cre­at­ing new lan­guages and sound­scapes. Today, 219 struc­tures are fed­er­at­ed around pro­fes­sion­al and polit­i­cal issues.

A network

Zone Franche is a cross-dis­ci­pli­nary orga­ni­za­tion that brings togeth­er all cat­e­gories of play­ers in the sec­tor : fes­ti­vals, venues, labels and pub­lish­ers, artists’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives, media, cul­tur­al asso­ci­a­tions, trade shows, and more. Although incor­po­rat­ed in France, the net­work has an inter­na­tion­al dimen­sion, with mem­bers on every con­ti­nent.

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Music and
world cultures

World music is the focal point of the net­work’s mem­bers, what­ev­er their activ­i­ties.
All share the same pas­sion for this music, whether “learned” or pop­u­lar, eth­nic or mixed, sacred or sec­u­lar, oral or writ­ten, per­formed by pro­fes­sion­al or ama­teur musi­cians.

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The missions

As stat­ed in its arti­cles of asso­ci­a­tion, the net­work’s actions con­tribute to the devel­op­ment of World Music on an inter­na­tion­al lev­el, par­tic­u­lar­ly in French-speak­ing coun­tries. It’s a place for ini­tia­tive, reflec­tion, shar­ing of expe­ri­ence, exchange of infor­ma­tion, coop­er­a­tion and pool­ing of resources around new projects, and a lab­o­ra­to­ry for new ideas.

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Zone Franche presents :

collaborative webmedia

Zone Franche sup­ports the online week­ly #Aux­Sons ded­i­cat­ed to music and vibra­tions from around the world : the web­me­dia #Aux­Sons( offers an inno­v­a­tive and cre­ative approach, mil­i­tant and sup­port­ive, to give new vis­i­bil­i­ty to music, cul­tures and news from around the world. Faced with ever-decreas­ing musi­cal diver­si­ty in the press, on radio and on tele­vi­sion, #Aux­Sons high­lights the artists who inhab­it our plan­et and fill it with their cre­ativ­i­ty, the diver­si­ty of their cul­tures, the sound of their lan­guages and instru­ments, etc.…