The Nice Musical Creation Center closes its doors after 54 years of existence

The Cirm, created by Jean-Étienne Marie in 1968, is one of the eight sites in France to have had the Center national de création musicale label since 1997.

The International Center for Musical Creation (Cirm) in Nice, one of the eight national centers for musical creation which has organized the Manca festival of contemporary music since 1978, will cease its activities at the end of the year, according to concordant sources. The board of directors, which met on Thursday,voted the end of the activity of the Cirm at the end of 2022“, we learned from Camille Giuglaris, technical director and staff representative. “The Cirm material will go to the regional conservatory of Nice and the heritage, namely the numerous recordings, will go to the Côte d’Azur University, both partners“, added Camille Giuglaris, who denounces”a mess» and wonders about «the conditions of sale and the future of this heritage“. The three remaining employees should leave their jobs as part of an economic redundancy, added Camille Giuglaris.

The Cirm, created by Jean-Étienne Marie in 1968, is one of the eight sites in France to have had the Center national de création musicale label since 1997. Directed from 2000 to 2020 by the composer François Paris, the Cirm had organized the Manca festival since 1978, devoted to contemporary classical music.

At its presidency for a year, Sylvain Lizon, who evokes “structural difficulties“, laments that”the CIRM has not experienced the development that other national centers have experienced, such as that of Marseille», the GMEM (Experimental Music Group of Marseille). Sylvain Lizon, also director of the Villa Arson in Nice, assures AFP that contemporary music “will continue to live in Nice» and that a «foreshadowing missionwas put in place.

Reached by AFP, Bénédicte Lefeuvre, regional director of cultural affairs, indicated that the regional directorate of cultural affairs (Drac) “supports the initiative which will consist in preserving contemporary creation in Nicewithout giving details.

The Cirm had a budget of approximately 700,000 euros, provided equally by the State through the Drac and the communities (city of Nice, department and region). Arrested Thursday by the elected Greens who are moved by the disappearance of a “new place of culture” in Nice while the city is a candidate for the label of European Capital of Culture in 2028, Anthony Borré, first deputy mayor, Christian Estrosi, assured that the city “has never failed the Cirm» et «is not a decision maker» et «will continue its financial support for musical research».

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