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Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Program

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits to Produce and
Present Japanese Performing Arts to Local Audiences

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Japan Foundation

Deadline Date:

11/02/20 5:00 PM EST Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations to provide Japanese performing arts to local residents. Funding is intended to support touring projects that present Japanese arts in diverse locations, and collaborative projects among Japanese, American, and Canadian artists for the creation of new works. Funds may be used for expenses such as travel, performance fees, rehearsals, performance hall costs, translation, and educational materials.

The PAJ program was started by the Japan Foundation with the mission to establish a system for promoting Japanese performing arts in North America. 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.

The proposed project must be undertaken by professional artists, and must explicitly include educational and/or community outreach activities that enhance the audience’s appreciation of Japanese culture.

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 priority projects and evaluation criteria for Touring Grants, see https://www.jfny.org/karashi/wp-content/uploads/2021-2022-PAJ-Program-Guidelines-PDF.pdf#page=3.

For priority projects and evaluation criteria for Collaboration Grants, see https://www.jfny.org/karashi/wp-content/uploads/2021-2022-PAJ-Program-Guidelines-PDF.pdf#page=4.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174900

Number of Grants:

In the 2020-2021 fiscal year, 5 projects (3 touring and 2 collaborative) are to be funded under the program.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant amount awarded to an applicant for the 2020-2021 fiscal year was USD 45,000.

Term of Contract:

The proposed project must take place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. The project may continue after July 2022 as long as the major part or core of the project is completed by June 30, 2022.

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.

Applicants who have already received PAJ grants for the past three consecutive years will be given lower priority.

The PAJ will not fund the overhead or administrative costs of the applicant organization.

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

For collaborations, revivals of existing pieces and the creation of recorded products are ineligible for this program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by mail by the Japan Foundation, New York (for the U.S. applicants) or the Japan Foundation, Toronto (for Canadian applicants) no later than 5:00 p.m. EST, November 2, 2020. Late or incomplete applications, as well as applications submitted by fax or email, will not be accepted.

In case you face significant difficulties in sending the application materials because of the current social situation, please consult with the Japan Foundation, New York for U.S. organizations or the Japan Foundation, Toronto for Canadian organizations well in advance.

The Japan Foundation PAJ Advisory Committee will review applications in January 2021. Based on the recommendations of the Committee, the final selection of awardees is made by the Foundation’s Headquarters in Tokyo. Results of awards will be notified in April 2021.

Please note: In light of the current global situation, as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant may
be revoked or changed after the selection of awardees in consideration of the “Travel Advice and Warning” level and "Travel Advice and Warning on Infectious Diseases" level issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

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

Commitments to the proposed project must be secured from the artists concerned at the time of application.

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 received the copyright approval.

Grants are made on a cost-sharing basis. PAJ will not fund more than 50% of the project costs.

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 & Culture, the JFLA Mini Grant for Japanese Arts & Culture, or the JF Toronto Local Grant, cannot be funded through PAJ at the same time.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the application 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 1A8

Contact Information:

The Japan Foundation, New York
212‐489‐0299
pajgrant@jfny.org

The Japan Foundation, Toronto
416‐966‐1600
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

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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