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Performing Arts Japan (PAJ)

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits to Bring
Japanese Performing Arts to Local Audiences

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Japan Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/31/18 5:00 PM EST Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories and Canada nonprofit organizations for efforts to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. Funding may be requested for touring projects that present Japanese art in multiple locations and for collaborative projects between Japanese artists and American or Canadian artists.

The PAJ program was started by the Japan Foundation in 1994 with the mission to establish a system for promoting Japanese performing arts in North America. The PAJ program supports initiatives of nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada to provide geographically diverse audiences with greater exposure to Japanese performing arts. PAJ also encourages collaborations between Japanese and American/Canadian artists, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to audiences in the United States and Canada.

The primary objectives of PAJ are:

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

To realize the above objectives, the PAJ program offers two types of support:

1) 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.

2) 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.

Project eligibility:

- The purpose of the proposed project must be to present Japanese performing arts and/or to conduct performing arts collaboration between Japanese and American/Canadian artists.
- The proposed project must explicitly include educational and/or community outreach activities that enhance the audience’s appreciation of Japanese culture.
- 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.
- For collaborations, revivals of existing pieces and the creation of recorded products are ineligible for this program.

PAJ grant may be used for the following expenses:

- Travel costs (international economy-class airfare, domestic transportation costs accommodation costs)
- Performance fee for performers
- Other costs (rehearsal costs, freight, insurance premiums, performance hall costs, translation costs, printing costs, educational material preparation costs, etc.)

For the Touring Grant, priority will be given to projects that meet the following criteria:

- Projects involving artists based in Japan
- Projects created through PAJ collaboration grants
- Projects that will tour to such locations as the South, Midwest, Mountain, Alaska, and Canada, where there is little exposure to the Japanese performing arts
- Projects relating to major international festivals
- Projects that include cooperative frameworks through performing arts towards post disaster/conflict restoration

For the Collaboration Grant, priority will be given to projects that meet the following criteria:

- Projects involving artists based in Japan
- Projects relating to major international festivals
- Projects that include cooperative frameworks through performing arts towards
post-disaster/conflict restoration

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174900

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant amount awarded to an applicant for the 2018-2019 fiscal year was USD 30,000.

Term of Contract:

The proposed project must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. The project may continue after July 2020 as long as the major part or core of the project is completed by June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded only to U.S.-based or Canada-based non-profit organizations and are subject to the relevant laws and regulations of the Japan Foundation. Applicants should have 501(c)(3) status in the United States or have charitable status from the Canada Revenue Agency.

The proposed project must not be used for religious or political purposes.

In the case of adaptation, the copyright arrangements concerning the original work must already be completed.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for applications is October 31, 2018. The applications must be received by mail or hand delivery (facsimile transmission or email will not be accepted) by 5:00 p.m. EST, October 31, 2018.

The Japan Foundation PAJ Advisory Committee will review applications in December 2018. Based on the recommendations of the Committee, the final selection of awardees is made by the Foundation's Headquarter in Tokyo. Written notification of awards will be mailed in April 2019.

Applicants are eligible to apply for one project only through one of the two categories. The applicant can submit only one application, and this must be either touring or collaboration.

Grants are made on a cost-sharing basis. PAJ will not fund more than 50% of the project costs, nor will it fund the overhead and administrative costs of the applicant organization

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The applications must be received by mail or hand delivery at:

The Japan Foundation, New York (for U.S. applicants)
Attention: PAJ Program
1700 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019

The Japan Foundation, Toronto (for Canadian applicants)
Attention: PAJ Program
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4W 3E2

Further Contact Information:

The Japan Foundation, New York
Phone: 212‐489‐0299
Fax: 212‐489‐0409
Email: koji_nozaki@jfny.org

The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Phone: 416‐966‐1600
Fax: 416‐966‐9773
Email: taoyagi@jftor.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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