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Cultural Exchange Fund Grant

Grants to USA Artists, Individuals, and Organizations
to Travel Abroad for Artistic Collaboration

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) - Cultural Exchange Fund

Deadline Date:

10/28/16 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA presenting artists, groups of artists, arts professionals, and organizations that are funding source members to travel to other countries in order to deepen their knowledge and cultural understanding. Funding supports artists and companies in developing or advancing projects with foreign artists and collaborators. There are no limits on travel; however, the funding source encourages recipients to travel to Africa, Latin American, the Middle East, and Asia.

The Cultural Exchange Fund (CEF) is a travel subsidy program supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CEF assists U.S. based APAP-member presenting professionals and their organizations and companies in building partnerships and collaborations with international touring artists, companies and their collaborators outside of the U.S., and to experience the work of artists from around the world in its cultural context.

APAP recognizes that promoting global exchanges of artists, their work and cross-cultural programs is essential to fully engage audiences and communities in the breadth and diversity of performing arts experiences. These exchanges provide an opportunity for presenting professionals to expand and deepen their knowledge of artists, traditions and cultures from around the world.

Program Goals:

1) Individual/Group

-Build the presenter’s schedule and programming season as informed by attendance at live performances by international artists based outside the U.S.

-Increase the presenting professional’s knowledge and understanding of foreign performing artists based outside the U.S., the cultural context for the artists’ work and for the performing arts in places outside of the U.S.

-Create relationships with artists, producers and presenters from around the world to advance the work of the U.S. based presenter(s) and presenting organization(s).

-Increase the relationship building, project development, tours or performances with foreign artists to serve the presenting field, presenting organizations or a particular U.S. community

2) Artist

-Increase the relationship building with international artists to serve the presenting field, presenting organizations or a particular community

-Advance a project or the cultural research of the U.S. based artist

-Increase the artist’s knowledge and understanding of the cultural context for the performing
arts internationally

-Promote cultural awareness with other artists, producers and presenters from around the world
in the U.S.

In order to achieve the above, it is anticipated that applications will focus on one of the following:

-Travel to see the work of several different artists (for example, by attending a festival or showcase, or by traveling to a city or region where multiple cultural performances are occurring);

-Travel to visit with artists, presenters, producers or other cultural institutions to research a project or presentation; or

-Group travel where group members will collectively see performances, conduct research to develop a project and/or presenting series.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175142

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Artists and Individuals: Up to $2,000
-Groups: Up to $10,000, with no more than $2,000 per traveler or organization.

Term of Contract:

The travel period is January - May 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

APAP awards 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.

Travelers must be one of the following:
-Individual professional artists
-Individuals from presenting organizations who are part of the decision-making process for programming and presentations
-Independent presenters, managers, agents or producers who are working with a presenter or group of presenters to develop a project or tour with foreign artists and who can demonstrate a mission and history of relationship building, or project development that serves the presenting field, presenting organizations or a particular community
-Groups of presenters from different presenting organizations who may be collaborating to develop or advance a project or program initiative

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. More information about APAP membership may be found here:

Artist Applications: to meet member eligibility requirements, the artist must be an independent artist member in good standing or hold an Associate membership through their active APAP-member agent/manager/agency.

Group Applications: to meet member eligibility requirements, the Lead Partner Organization submitting the application must be an APAP member (other Travel Partner Organizations do not need to be APAP members).

Pre-Application Information:

-Deadline: October 28, 2016
-Announcement: November 2016
-Travel Period: January - May 2017

Online applications are due by 5:00 PM ET on the deadline date.

Contact Information:

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

Artist Application:

Individual Application:

Group Application:

Kalyn Saylor, Programs Manager

Association of Performing Arts Presenters
1211 Connecticut Ave., NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036

Toll free: 888-820-ARTS (2787)
Phone: 202.833.2787
Fax: 202.833.1543

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