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Japan Foundation: Performing Arts Japan Touring and Collaboration Grants

Deadline: October 31, 2016

The Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. PAJ Touring Grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the U.S. and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants help Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop a new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences.

The primary objectives are:

  • To increase access to Japanese performing arts in the United States and Canada, especially outside major metropolitan areas
  • To foster an understanding of Japanese performing arts by providing educational programs for audiences in each touring location apart from public performances
  • To support collaborative projects between Japanese and American/Canadian performing artists

Two types of support are offered:

  • The Touring Grant assists with the presentation of Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and/or Canada, with emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas where there is little exposure to Japanese performing arts.
  • The Collaboration Grant facilitates the collaboration of Japanese and American/Canadian artists so that they may create a new work through research, residencies, artists’ discussions etc. with the potential to develop into a touring project and further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to audiences in the United States and Canada.

Amount: A total of $219,000 will fund 11 projects (four touring and seven collaborative). Grants ranged from $10,000-$45,000 during the last competition.

Eligibility: U.S.-based or Canada-based nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status or Canadian equivalent. The proposed project must be undertaken by professional artists.

For tours, the proposed project must tour to at least two locations outside New York and Los Angeles. Multiple venues in the same city are considered to be one location. For collaborations, the proposed project must be a new work jointly explored and created by Japanese artists and American/Canadian artists.

Link: http://www.jfny.org/arts_and_culture/paj.html

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