Through our three main missions, SACEM plays a crucial role in protecting musical creation.

Collecting & distributing

SACEM collects and distributes authors' rights for the broadcast in public (audiovisual media, concert halls, festivals, Internet services, movie theatres, shops, etc.) and for the reproduction on media (disc, video, legal digital file, DVD, CD-ROM, video game, etc.) of the works it represents.

Thanks to its network of 60 local offices in France and in French overseas departments and territories, SACEM collects programs of works that are broadcast or reproduced.

Royalties are collected so as to reflect the real use of the works.

work by work, on the basis of usage data on the dissemination and reproduction of works,

by surveys,

taking into account consumers habits.

SACEM also collects:

  • The Private Copy Levy for artists, performers and producers of music, audiovisual works, visual arts and writing, through Copie France.
  • Royalties due to artists and performers (members of Adami and Spedidam) and record producers (SCPP, SPPF) for the use of their works in public places, shops, nightclubs, etc.
  • Royalties due to composers for the performing arts, audiovisual productions (members of the SACD), multimedia productions (SCAM members) and graphic and plastic artists (members of the ADAGP) for the exploitation of their works in audiovisual and multimedia.
  • Fees due to international music publishers (Universal Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Wixen Music Publishing Inc., and Sharandall Music) for the world-wide digital distribution of their catalogue.
  • Physical media (CD, DVD, BR) distributed by the subsidiaries of European Universal Music.
  • Royalties for creators and publishers who are members of SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada), which SACEM represents in respect of Internet services in Europe.

Defending & protecting
our members

SACEM is recognised around the world for its model's accuracy and efficiency. It plays a key role within various international copyright/authors' rights organisations (Cisac, Biem, Gesac), steadfastly defending its members' interests – as it does in France within industry-wide public-interest bodies ("Tous pour la Musique", "La Coalition pour la Diversité Culturelle", "La Culture avec la Copie Privée", etc.)

SACEM also strives to offer efficient services and support to its members, 136,012 members have an account online, where they can register their works on line, check usage data on their works, and take full advantage of the benefits in the SACEM PLUS programme.

Promoting & supporting creation

Cultural initiatives have been enshrined in SACEM's Statutes since 1963: nurturing artistic careers, helping to disseminate works, getting young professionals started… Few policies around the world in support of creation surpass that of SACEM. It took on a new dimension in 1985 with the introduction of the private copy levy.

Today, over 93% of funds channelled into cultural initiatives come from 25% from the private copy levies collected. The rest comes from a voluntary, so-called "statutory", contribution voted in by the Board of Directors.

In 2021, SACEM dedicated € 29.2m to cultural initiatives and supported 3,375 extremely diverse projects chosen objectively by independent experts based solely on the merits of the project itself.

Song, jazz, rock, classical, contemporary, world, urban and electro music, music for images, poetry, comedy, audiovisual works… Cultural initiatives concern all repertoires and directly benefits creators (help with self-production, career boosts, marketing funds, etc.) as well as disseminators (show venues, festivals, producers, etc.) who programme the artists and promote them.