Performing  arts

Formalities outside France

Tours overseas (outside France)

The contracts

In order to ensure that the contracts offer the best possible protection for the rights owners, SACD  proposes clauses for license agreements. A signed copy of such agreement(s) shall be addressed to SACD along with the performance schedule (37 Ko).

Proposed clause for license agreements

French-speaking Canada and Belgium
SACD is present in Belgium (SACD Belgium) and in the French-speaking regions of Canada (SACD Canada): royalties are there collected much in the same way as in France, therefore whenever a performance is scheduled in one of these countries, one should contact one of the afore-mentioned SACD representations.

Countries with which SACD has a mutual representation agreement
The list of countries having signed a mutual representation contract with the local authors’ society is accessible on the website.  For any performances given in these countries, the license agreement for said performance signed between the production company and the local organiser should feature a clause pertaining to the payment by said organiser to the local authors’ society.  You may submit your draft clauses to SACD for verification purposes.

Proposed clause for insertion into the contracts  
“It is incumbent upon the local organiser to pay the royalties.  The local organiser undertakes to pay such royalties to SACD (Paris) via the local authors’ society with which SACD has entered into a mutual representation agreement for all authors member of SACD.  These royalties shall be calculated at the basic rate of 10% of the gross proceeds or the selling price of the show (the latter being the minimum), according to whichever formula is most favourable to the author.  The local organisation undertakes to provide the authors’ society representing SACD with the ticket proceeds statement for all the performances within no later than one month following the last performance in order to calculate the royalties in the event the gross proceeds method is selected.”

Countries without an authors’ society representing the same repertoires as SACD
When the performance takes place in a country with no authors’ society, there are two options:

1. The country accepts the principle that royalties should be paid
The license agreement between the production company and the local organiser should include a clause pertaining to the payment of the royalties by the local organiser directly to SACD.  In your interest as an author, we advise you to submit the draft clauses to the overseas promotion and contracts department of SACD.  We shall thus be able to check that the local organiser did not mention an authors’ society that would not be eligible to represent the repertoires of SACD and would provide you in return with the details of the local SACD representative, if any.

Proposed clause for insertion into the contracts  
"It is incumbent upon the local organiser to pay the royalties.  The local organiser undertakes to pay such royalties to SACD (Paris) or the SACD representative for other members of SACD. These royalties shall be calculated at the basic rate of 10% of the gross proceeds or the selling price of the show (the latter being the minimum), according to whichever formula is most favourable to the author.  All payments shall be directly remitted to the following account (except where it has to be made via the local representative in which case we shall give you the corresponding details for each country concerned).

Account number: 02642010017
Bank identification: CCF PARIS MONTPARNASSE
(Bank code: 30056
Sort code: 00264
Key: 01)
B.I.C. (SWIFT address): CCFRFRPP
IBAN (International identifier): FR 76 30056 00264 02642010017 01
Royalties should be paid at the latest 30 days after the invoice has been received.

2. The country adopts the copyright legislation
With this copyright system, you will thus systematically be denied any insertion of a new clause pertaining to the payment of royalties.   The option you have is to include the amount of the royalties in the total fees (license agreement) due for the show.  The companies thus pay the royalties directly to SACD.  
The license agreement entered into between the production company and the local organiser then “stipulates” that the show is sold inclusive of royalties.  

In your interest, we suggest that you include the following clause in the contract:
“These royalties shall be calculated at the basic rate of 10% of the gross proceeds or the selling price of the show (the latter being the minimum), according to whichever formula is most favourable to the author.   In this case, royalties shall be collected directly from the production company when it returns back from the tour.   An additional 5.5% shall be added for VAT.  All payments made to SACD shall be to the following account.”

Account number: 02642010017
Bank identification: CCF PARIS MONTPARNASSE
(Bank code: 30056
Sort code: 00264
Key: 01)
 B.I.C. (SWIFT address): CCFRFRPP
IBAN (International identifier): FR 76 30056 00264 02642010017 01
Royalties should be paid at the latest 30 days after the invoice has been received.

Download the tour itinerary

At the end of the performances, the statement of proceeds shall be duly filed and returned to SACD at the following e-mail address perception.international@sacd.fr

Download the Statement of proceeds (300 Ko)
If a single entity is responsible for paying for the whole tour, you may also enquire from SACD.
Depending on the country where the tour is scheduled you may benefit from the help of a dedicated SACD advisor: international@sacd.fr

Royalties collection

In the clauses proposed by SACD, a 10% basic rate of levy is mentioned.
There can be two ways for SACD to collect the royalties:

  • either directly from the show’s producer,
  • or via agents or authors’ societies if there are any such local bodies in the country where the performances are taking place.

Special case of choreographic performances

The afore-mentioned basic rate of 10% is applicable whenever SACD represents all of the contributors to a performance (choreographer, author of the script and composer).
Otherwise, if SACD is representing only one of the contributors (for instance only the choreographer), only the percentage pertaining to the author member of SACD shall be computed.

Live music on stage

SACD does not manage « pre-existing » music (whether published or not).  Overseas, sheet music is represented by music authors’ societies and music publishers.
SACD manages original music (i.e. specifically created for the work being performed) of choreographic works.