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Factsheet for measure FR-2021-27/2075 – measures in France

Measures to promote recruitment in the entertainment sector

Mesures pour favoriser le recrutement dans le secteur du spectacle

Country France , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 July 2021 – 31 December 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound
Measure added 23 October 2021 (updated 18 November 2021)

Background information

On 11 May 2021, the government announced measures to promote recruitment in the entertainment sector at the National Council for the Entertainment Industry - a tripartite body that can be consulted by the government and issue recommendations on any issue relating to the live and recorded entertainment professions. These measures are the subject of decrees published in August 2021. In addition, in September 2021, the government adopted a decree to grant aid to employers who employ artists or intermittent performers for the payment of all or part of their social security contributions in order to support employment in the live performance sector and to stimulate the resumption of activity.

Content of measure

Support for recruitment

Two decrees were published on 8 and 11 August 2021 in order to mobilise, exceptionally and until 31 December, two aids from the National Fund for Permanent Employment in the Entertainment Industry (FONPEPS). This fund is intended for companies and public establishments in the entertainment industry as well as for the artists and technicians they employ. It encourages the creation of jobs and encourages structures to extend the duration of employment contracts.

These aids aim to support recruitment in the live and recorded performance sector.

The support scheme for the employment of the artistic stage of live performances broadcast in small venues is subject to several temporary adaptations until 31 December 2021:

  • It is now aimed at all performance venues with a box office of no more than 600 tickets per performance;
  • It takes into account rehearsals, with the same amount of aid as that allocated to performances;
  • It provides for a significant increase in aid: this will now rise from €40 for the employment of one artist to €110 for the employment of six artists;
  • It provides for a new scale of support for artistic platforms of up to 25 artists, for audiences of between €300 and €600.

For employment contracts starting between 1 July 2021 and 31 December 2021:

  • The amount of the one-off hiring aid is temporarily and exceptionally revalued for fixed-term full-time contracts of more than one month and will be between €466 and €666 per month, depending on the length of the contract
  • The aid is extended to split contracts performed over a period of 12 consecutive months for the same employer and the sum of the durations of the contracts performed gives rise to the same amount of aid as if it were a single fixed-term contract;
  • Aid may also be paid for the recruitment of an employee paid on a fee basis, with an amount ranging from €21.18 per fee for 22 fees over less than four months, to €30.27 per fee for more than 66 fees over more than eight months.

In addition, childcare assistance for intermittent artists and technicians has been extended from 1 July to cover travel and accommodation costs when the person looking after the professional's child accompanies him/her on tour.

Hiring aid

In addition, on 13 September 2021, in order to support employment in the live performance sector and to stimulate the resumption of activity, the government adopted a decree to grant aid to employers falling within the scope of the one-stop shop for live performance (GUSO) for the payment of all or part of the contributions due to GUSO. The GUSO is a service intended for employers (associations or others) who occasionally employ one or more intermittent performers. This includes employers who organise no more than six performances per year. Employers can be natural and legal persons whose main activity or purpose is not 'the operation of entertainment venues, leisure parks or amusement parks, or the production or broadcasting of shows', as well as local authorities with fewer than 3,500 inhabitants. All of them will now be able to benefit from financial aid granted by the State. The aid applies to employment contracts concluded between 1 July and 31 December 2021.

The maximum amount of this financial aid is:

  • €120 maximum for a performing artist or technician contributing to the show and per day worked
  • €600 maximum per employer for the entire duration of the scheme.

Use of measure

No data found. The entertainment sector employs about 200,000 workers.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level


Social partners have been consulted in the frameworks of the Conseil national des professions du spectacle - a tripartite body that can be consulted by the government and issue recommendations on any issue related to the live and recorded entertainment professions.

Views and reactions

Not available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Legal, social, cultural and related associate professionals


  • 06 August 2021: Décret n° 2021-1057 du 6 août 2021 relatif au dispositif de soutien à l'emploi du plateau artistique de spectacles vivants diffusés dans des salles de petite jauge (
  • 09 August 2021: Décret n° 2021-1066 du 9 août 2021 modifiant le décret n° 2019-1011 du 1er octobre 2019 relatif au Fonds national pour l'emploi pérenne dans le spectacle (
  • 13 September 2021: Décret n° 2021-1178 du 13 septembre 2021 instituant une aide temporaire aux employeurs organisateurs de spectacles vivants entrant dans le champ d'application du guichet unique pour le spectacle vivant (Guso) (


Eurofound (2021), Measures to promote recruitment in the entertainment sector, measure FR-2021-27/2075 (measures in France), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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