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Performing Arts Japan (PAJ)

Grants to USA, Territories, and Canada Nonprofits
to Bring Japanese Performing Arts to Audiences

GrantWatch ID#: 174900
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Japan Foundation

10/31/16 5:00 PM EST

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Grants to USA, USA Territories, and Canada nonprofit organizations that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences through touring programs or artist collaborations. The following two types of programs are available through this funding opportunity:

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.

For both Touring and Collaboration Grants, 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 reference only, the maximum grant amount awarded to an applicant for the 2016‐2017 fiscal year was $45,000.

The proposed project must take place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The project may continue after July 2018 as long as the major part or core of the project is completed by June 30, 2018.

Grants are awarded only to USA‐based or Canada‐based nonprofit 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.   

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1) 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.
2) The proposed project must explicitly include educational and/or community outreach activities that enhance the audience’s appreciation of Japanese culture.
3) The proposed project must be undertaken by professional artists.   
4) The proposed project must not be used for religious or political purposes.
5) Commitments to the proposed project must be secured from the artists concerned at the time of application.
6) 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.
7) For collaborations, the proposed project must be a new work jointly explored and created by Japanese artists and American/Canadian artists.
8) For collaborations, revivals of existing pieces and the creation of recorded products are ineligible for this program.
9) In the case of adaptation, the copyright arrangements concerning the original work must already be completed. Please also attach a copy of the documentation that proves that the applicant has already cleared the copyright.
10) 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.

Please Note: A project that receives a grant from the Japan Foundation’s other programs, such as the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists, the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture, JFLA Mini Grant for Japanese Arts and Culture, or the JF Toronto Local Grant, cannot be funded through PAJ at the same time.

Deadline for applications is October 31, 2016. 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, 2016.

The Japan Foundation PAJ Advisory Committee will review applications in December 2016. 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 2017.

Please Note: 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.

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

Submit applications via mail or hand-delivery to:

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  

The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Phone: 416‐966‐1600
Fax: 416‐966‐9773

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USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

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