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Roselyne Bachelot wants to fight against sexual violence in music

“Neither a revolution nor a stage point. “ Very committed to the promotion of equality between men and women, the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, was to hold, Thursday, January 14, her first steering committee dedicated to the fight against sexist harassment and sexual violence. A meeting set up in 2017 by Françoise Nyssen, bringing together cultural professionals and external figures, and intended to present the ministry’s annual roadmap in this area.

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After working for the cinema, which was the first to be affected by the #metoo phenomenon, the Ministry of Culture has decided to focus this year on the music sector, which in turn is facing a wave of denunciations, in particular with the #balancetonrappeur movement. “We had the feeling that music was lagging behind cinema. The Chloé Briot case [chanteuse lyrique qui, en mars 2020, a porté plainte pour agression sexuelle contre l’un de ses partenaires dans une production de l’Opéra-Comique] convinced us to act. This story is symptomatic, we had to give a boost ”, explains Roselyne Bachelot’s entourage.

A protocol, developed with the help of professionals, includes in particular the obligation to undergo training every two years on the prevention of violence

In concrete terms, the aid paid by the National Music Center (CNM) to the various players in the sector will now be conditional on compliance with criteria of equality and the fight against gender harassment and sexual violence. To do this, the ministry has developed a protocol, with the help of professionals, which includes in particular the obligation for staff in the music and variety sector to undergo training on violence prevention every two years. . A “Specific prevention plan” for “Artistic productions that can use the nude or situations of a sexual nature”, with the appointment of referents responsible for monitoring them, “From conception to show”, is also planned.

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The implementation of this protocol, copied on the model of that which was launched in 2020 for the cinema, started on 1er January and will be progressive throughout the year. “The idea is that no more a cent comes out of the CNM if there has not been respect for this protocol”, indicates an advisor. A conditionality that is not incidental at a time when professionals are suffering from the Covid-19 epidemic. On August 31, 2020, the CNM was notably entrusted with 210 million euros to help the music sector overcome the health crisis, as part of the government’s recovery plan. “These aids will, like the others, be subject to the protocol”, we assure Rue de Valois.

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