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French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) celebrates the shared passion for jazz in France and the United States. FAJE is administered in a partnership between the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

The program is designed to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through their collaborative investigation of artistic practice, and exposure to new audiences and professional relationships.

FAJE supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of jazz. FAJE awards grants through an open, competitive application process to support projects that take place either in France or the United States and their respective territories or both, within a 16-month period. The program supports activities that may result in the creation of original work, establishment of new creative and professional partnerships, and development of new audiences for the participating artists. Projects may include jazz artists investigating forms other than jazz with artists who work in different music genres.

As an additional benefit to program grantees, nonprofit presenters in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia) are eligible, with some restrictions, to receive fee-subsidy for booking performance engagements by FAJE artists after the end of their project periods.

French-American Jazz Exchange is made possible through the generous support of:

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Florence Gould Foundation
Institut français
Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique



Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Founded in 1979, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (“MAAF”) is one of six regional arts organizations in the United States. MAAF has a strong record of supporting jazz and international cultural engagement through such programs as Jazz.NEXT, Jazz Touring Network, BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award, Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, USArtists International, and its regional performing arts touring programs ArtsCONNECT, Mid Atlantic Tours, PennPAT, and Special Presenters Initiatives.

Cultural Services of the French Embassy
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy provides a platform and resources for cultural exchange between French and American artists, intellectuals, curators, and arts professionals. Based in New York City, Washington D.C. and eight other cities across the United States, the Cultural Services' principal fields of action are the arts, literature, cinema, French language programs and higher education.



French-American Jazz Exchange is made possible through the generosity of:

Florence Gould Foundation

Institut français

Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication

Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (SACEM)

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation



The 2016 Call for Proposals is now closed.



FAJE Final Report Form [DOC]




Jess Porter
Program Officer, Performing Arts
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
201 N. Charles Street, Suite 401
Baltimore, MD 21201

Tel: 410 539 6656 ext. 116


Suzanne Buracas
Program Officer
FACE Foundation
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075

Tel: 212 439 1448




The Programs

Tournées Film Festival
Films on the Green
French U.S. Exchange in Dance with NEFA
French Dual Language Program
French Heritage Language Program
Partner University Fund
French Voices
Contemporay Music
French-American Jazz Exchange with MAAF
Contemporary Theater
Visual Arts


FACE Foundation

972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075