World Music


Networking / Professional meetings

Pro­fes­sion­al meet­ings punc­tu­ate the year for net­work mem­bers, and are open to pro­fes­sion­als (net­work mem­bers or not), insti­tu­tions, researchers of all kinds (musi­col­o­gy, soci­ol­o­gy, polit­i­cal sci­ence, etc.), etc. The aim of these meet­ings is to bring togeth­er dif­fer­ent view­points on con­tem­po­rary issues relat­ed to World Music, there­by cre­at­ing debate and build­ing a col­lec­tive under­stand­ing of the sec­tor and its many chal­lenges.

Net­work­ing means bring­ing peo­ple togeth­er, across all ter­ri­to­ries, to share prac­tices, visions and expe­ri­ences, and thus devel­op col­lec­tive intel­li­gence.

These meet­ings also enable mem­bers to keep abreast of the lat­est devel­op­ments in the music indus­try and to present their projects and news. They are also delib­er­ate­ly designed with spaces for infor­mal exchanges, which often lead to col­lab­o­ra­tions.

Professional meetings are organized by Zone Franche in two ways :

- or in a ded­i­cat­ed set­ting, such as a meet­ing day fol­low­ing the Annu­al Gen­er­al Meet­ing ;
- or as part of a spe­cial event, fes­ti­val, trade show, etc. The lat­ter enables us to main­tain a dynam­ic of move­ment, cross-fer­til­iza­tion of play­ers and open­ness to non-mem­bers, while ensur­ing that the net­work’s actions are present in the regions and inter­na­tion­al­ly.

The network’s regional and international presence

The net­work’s pres­ence in the regions is essen­tial in a dynam­ic of decon­cen­tra­tion of the net­work’s activ­i­ties, a decon­cen­tra­tion that is indis­pens­able for being as close as pos­si­ble to the play­ers and their local real­i­ties.

Zone Franche orga­nizes pro­fes­sion­al meet­ings through­out France and abroad. Zone Franche will con­tin­ue its region­al (or local, in the case of oth­er con­ti­nents) struc­tur­ing process, sup­port­ed by its local mem­bers.

The regional networks in France that are members of Zone Franche are :

- Bretagne(s) World Sounds (BWS) ;
- Cen­ter des Musiques Tra­di­tion­nelles Rhône-Alpes (CMTRA);
- Le Col­lec­tif Musiques et dans­es du Monde en Ile-de-France ;
- Le PAM — Pôle de coopéra­tion des Acteurs de la fil­ière Musi­cale (south­ern region).
- PRMA — Pôle Région­al des Musiques Actuelles de La Réu­nion.

Zone Franche’s international member networks are :

- Euro­pean Folk Net­work ;
- The Region­al Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts in Africa.