Paid by host:

The laureate will receive 8 000 € net. This sum covers the rights and artist’s fees incurred in the creation of the work, as well as purchase by the museum for entry into the museum’s collection and delivery of the finished artwork (digital file or any other format). On top of this sum, the museum will directly finance the following costs:

  • Housing and travel for work sessions in Paris at the museum and at Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing.
  • The production costs, limited to a maximum amount determined for each project by the museum and based on the technical specifications as presented in the application.
  • The cost of any technical materials or installation needed to present the piece (purchase/rentals/installation/maintenance)
  • The potential use of any sound sources that are not in the public domain or that do not come from the museum’s audio and audio-visual archives, not to surpass a maximum amount determined by the technical specifications of the project as presented in the application.
Application guidelines:

Download the guideline for the open call here.

All applications will be first examined by a selection committee composed of employees of the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and a short list will be established. The final selection jury, which will designate the winner, will bring together, in addition to the internal jury, various personalities from the world of sound and audiovisual creation. The museum remains the sole sponsor of the final sound work and the President of the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac will also be part of the final selection jury. Short-listed candidates will be invited to present their project to the jury at a visio-conference interview which will take place in the afternoon of Thursday 13 April 2023, and will be
explained at a later date to the candidates in question.


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The musée du quai Branly

The musée du quai Branly

Sound Art Residency

As part of the Sound Art Residency, the museum will finance a work of sound art that may enter its permanent collection. The work produced during the residency may be a transdisciplinary piece, and not strictly a work of sound art. However, the main component of the piece must be sound of any type (music, spoken or sung voices, ambient sound…)
The jury will give precedence to pieces conceived in connection with the museum’s collections, interests and themes. If it is pertinent, the artist may have access to the museum’s audio and audio-visual archives, consultable here, or to the collection of musical instruments. The space called " Music Box ", located on level R2 of the museum, is a place dedicated to the presentation of musical or audiovisual works. The works produced as part of the Sound Residency are presented in this space. Consequently, the "Music Box" must be part of the project proposed by the laureate, either as an installation or as a mediation space. While the spaces at the museum can be the place for the inaugural presentation of the work, the piece must be adaptable to other places and spaces.


At the end of the residency, the work will be presented to the museum’s public in a manner determined by the artist and explained in the application (performance, discussion, workshop…)

Accommodation Information

Housing and travel for work sessions in Paris at the museum and at Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing will be covered on top of this grant.


Located in the centre of Paris, the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac is at once a museum, cultural centre, and place of research and education focused on non-European cultures. Born out of a desire to create a new institution dedicated to the art and civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, the museum opened to the public in 2006 in a building designed by architect Jean Nouvel. The museum is partitioned into geographical zones representing
the aforementioned continents; nearly 3500 pieces are on exhibit. The museum also houses four important collections of photography, textiles and clothing, musical instruments and “Historical and Contemporary Globalization” (drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, and furniture.)

In addition to objects, the museum considers its mission to support the immaterial heritage of the cultures, it represents, notably with its large audio and audio-visual collection, research topics, multimedia and performing arts programmes. The institution showcases the vitality of creativity in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas and promotes the necessity of preserving diversity, all the while encouraging dialogue between cultures, knowledge-sharing and recognition. The museum is a place where barriers are removed and critical questioning is encouraged, a place that seeks, with its rich collection and programming, to share the infinite diversity of cultures on our planet.

The Audio and Audio-visual Collection is constituted of never-before-heard and seen archives and documents in part inherited from the former Musée National des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie (MNAAO). It also comprises a collection constituted for the most part since the opening of the musée du quai-Branly-Jacques Chirac. It is part of the museum’s library whose mission is to create a body of monographic, iconographic (including audio-visual) archives, that pull from multiple sources — anthropological, artistic — from across the American, Asian, African and Oceanic continents. The archives include both traditional and contemporary forms with the goal of developing access to these treasures and sharing them with a diverse public.

Contact information


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