Cultural funds: “We warn first as a result of we concern struggling” (Frédéric Maurin, SNSP)

On 29 June, Frédéric Maurin, head of the Syndicat Nationwide des Scènes Publiques (SNSP), with the assistance of his workforce, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Ms Borne demanding that the injunction be lifted. 2022 Cultural funds As all the time, the decision of the funds takes place in the beginning of July. On this explicit post-covid context, the 2022 funds, which is meant to permit Tradition to “get out of disaster”, has but to be topic to the precautionary reserve removing. All Tradition met with Frédéric Maurin, who expressed his calls for and issues about the way forward for stay efficiency.

What do you count on from this letter? The concept is to have your voice heard first, however do you suppose this might have an actual affect on selections within the Ministry and Parliament?

Custom has no pressure of legislation, however it’s usually customary to take away this precautionary freeze through the summer time months. We’d like this much more this yr as there are social tensions in our establishments. We have to increase the extent of the bottom wages. As with every employee, there are tensions over buying energy within the firms we handle, so we might want to reply to them. We may also must cope with direct wage will increase, for instance, enormously elevated transport prices. If they do not enhance us, a minimum of they will not lower us. This 4% precautionary freeze, if sustained, could possibly be drastic at a time when our bills are racing in a cyclical style. We actually must keep away from the scissor impact*.

*scissor impact: An organization’s income curve and value curve altering in reverse instructions.

So is that this delay, and even the non-removal of the reserve, unprecedented?

We have had related issues earlier than, however often it all the time ends effectively. Nevertheless, in earlier years we weren’t in such a posh state of affairs as we face at the moment. We will hear it. Nonetheless, it’s essential to speak to us, to elucidate to us. On the very least, we wish a decision. As a result of if we do not, we’ll have a horrible scissors impact. Within the final quarter of the yr, we allotted lots of assets to stay efficiency organizations. We have now signed contracts with firms and if we’ve got to take a step again, it’ll harm the entire trade. It was opened after the 2023 debate, and we’ll be there. We might be cautious for 2023 funds, that is for positive. We wish us to maintain our promise, that is all. As a result of 4% of the overall quantity of the Tradition funds remains to be not an insurmountable mountain.

How do you see the way forward for the performing arts?

Issues might be difficult. Particularly if the intervention of public funds decreases, inflation, wage disaster and environmental issues that require assets may also lower. Our first want for the long run is that we do not begin an epidemic once more within the fall, as we’d concern, for instance as a precaution to reintroduce mask-wearing in theaters. We danger shedding lots of people’s enjoyment of stay efficiency. The resumption of the pandemic might be devastating for budgetary points in addition to behavior points for part of the inhabitants. We even have one other concern, which comes from native governments equivalent to Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and comes very harshly, with out session, dialogue and sharing. Native officers themselves caught up in budgetary complexity. We might be very cautious in the beginning of the tutorial yr concerning the payments of 2023 and social initiatives. We had been very effectively supported through the disaster, we should not abandon this dynamic.

You possibly can’t deny that the cultural funds has elevated by 15% since 2017. But when we examine the budgets of different ministries equivalent to Justice (+30%) or House Affairs (+18%), it appears much less, what do you suppose?

In fact, like everybody else, we might be completely happy if we enhance the chances of the Ministry of Tradition and see its advantages. However most of all, what we wish is to have the reassurance that we can’t find yourself with a fiscal code change that pulls this funds down. We will clearly see the nationwide and worldwide circumstances which might be fairly unfavorable for funds will increase. Nevertheless, we really feel that we’re a public service like some other and needn’t undergo extra from funds changes than others. Any more, we’ll all the time be proud of a rise, however what we wish is to proceed the dialogue with the State, regardless of the answer is, an change with consultant organizations, a co-structuring. In fact, we’d be completely happy to see a slight enhance within the funds.

Did you get it acquired A direct or oblique response from the federal government?

No for now. We have now rumors that the dissolution could also be efficient. We have now statements from some senior officers. However to date they haven’t made a dedication. We’re nonetheless ready. However we’re hopeful. I believe the brand new minister needs to ship a really constructive sign to the stay efficiency, she is aware of this sector effectively, she is a lady who made constructive contributions to the sector with Madame Bachelot through the disaster. . There isn’t any purpose for us to be uncared for at the moment.

So you do not really feel deserted?

Quantity. We’re on the defensive as a result of we really feel the dangerous winds to come back. We’re in a defensive relationship. We nonetheless have this previous adage that may finally change into virtually stale. We all know rather a lot concerning the occasions when tradition was the “funds adjustment variable” of native governments and even the State. And we do not need these previous apps to come back again. So we’re on the defensive, and if I ought to say, we’re a bit bit offensive in our protection. We warn first as a result of we’re afraid of struggling. And behind this declare, we’re the general public service, not us because the operator. As in hospitals and nationwide schooling, it’s public companies that may nonetheless be broken at the moment. We have now a recurring demand: full and full inclusion of a cultural coverage within the republic pact, and we concern that if we’ve got decrease credit this can change that inclusion.

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