Association of Performing Arts Professionals: Cultural Exchange Fund
The Cultural Exchange Fund (CEF) is a travel subsidy grant program supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that assists U.S.-based Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) members in building partnerships and collaborations outside of the U.S. and to experience the work of artists from around the world in its cultural context.
APAP strongly encourages, but does not limit travel to the following: Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. APAP also highly encourages group applications, and provides the lead partner organization (i.e. the APAP member submitting the application on behalf of the group) with extra funds to offset the additional time and investment required to organize the trip.
Amount: Grants of up to $2,000 can be awarded to individuals and up to $10,000 for groups. These are travel awards that are handled on a reimbursement basis. Award amounts are estimated based off airfare costs at the time of application submission and a $100 per day per diem for up to 10 days. Travel days receive half of the permitted per diem ($50 per day). Funds are issued once APAP receives and approves of a completed travel reimbursement form and receipts for airfare and additional travel expenses (approved documentation includes hotel/lodging receipts, meal receipts, and ground transportation receipts). Travel award amounts may be reduced if the submitted expenditures are less than the amount awarded.
Eligibility: U.S.-based presenting organizations, agents, managers, producers, individual artists, and groups of presenting professionals traveling outside of the U.S. to see the work of artists and companies or to develop and advance projects with foreign artists and their collaborators. All applicants must be active members of APAP at the time of submission, and membership must extend at least one month beyond proposed travel dates.
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