A wind of protest blowing in from the Spedidam, the collecting Society and the distribution of rights 36 000 performers. “The conflicts of interest that would have lasted too long in the direction of the Ensemble,” write in a press release Philippe Gautier, secretary-general of the executive bureau of the national Union of the unions of artists, musicians CGT (SNAM-CGT), and Jean-Luc Bernard, secretary-general of the office of the national Union of musicians, Force ouvrière (SNM-FO).
Both are campaigning for Jean-Paul Bazin, a former president, takes over the reins of the agency’s management rights, at the annual general meeting of 28 June. They put in question “the mixture of genres, the opacity ( … ), and family jobs” put in place by the existing management team. Main complaint of the two trade unionists, the Ensemble is used to finance, without any transparency, the salaries of the president’s daughter, Francis Nowak.
In fact, 65 structures chosen by the society of authors receive considerable funding from the Spedidam, the condition of being enrolled in a training of the association of The musical Action. This last has received 265 000 euros of the Ensemble this year. Gold, MESSRS. Gautier and Bernard point out that” a part is allocated to salaries, the association shall pay to the daughter of the president of the Ensemble “.
Another part is to lease premises to the Union of artists-performers and teachers of music and dance of Paris Ile-de-France (Samup), in which Francis Nowak is the secretary-general and Guillaume Damerval, the manager of the Ensemble, treasurer.
Accusation of conflict of interest
Opponents accuse above all, François Nowak for not having stated, in his declaration of conflict of interests, that her daughter is a director and employee of The musical Action, and that it was, in 2017, and an employee of two festivals, funded and accredited by the Ensemble, of which Mr. Nowak is the vice-president.