Ferdinand Richard

President, Roberto Cimetta Fund

Ferdinand Richard (c) Isabelle Arnold/More Europe

Ferdinand Richard is the current foundator and director of A.M.I, the National Centre for the Development of Contemporary Musics. As a development platform, A.M.I offers various training workshops, artist residences, and serves as an incubator for cultural micro-business.

In 1992 he founded the Friche-Belle-de-Mai, a former industrial site that hosts today about 70 different cultural structures, and is now a board member. In 2005 he joined the Roberto Cimetta Fund supporting mobility for artists and cultural operators in the Euro-Arab dimension, and became its chairman in 2009. From 1996 to 1999 he was President of the “European Forum for the Arts and Heritage” (now Culture Action Europe) and became one of its board member. He participated to the Anna Lindh Foundation French network as a steering comitee member (2006-2008), was President of Gondwana, a regional federation for an african arts biennale in Marseilles, and President of “Medinma”, the first Mediterranean music market held in Marseilles, now called “Bab-el-Med” (1998-1999).