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Application Guidelines

The 2016 Call for Proposals is closed.

 

 

Next Application Deadline: Spring 2017.
To Be Announced.

To access the online application, please visit:
http://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.

 


The new Guidelines are available here. [PDF]

The new Guidelines are available here. [PDF]



 

Each FAJE project consists of a Lead Partner from one country working with a Collaborating Partner from the other country. Lead and Collaborating Partners represent the creative core of a proposed project, (as opposed to musicians hired to participate solely for recording or touring purposes), and may be individual artists or ensembles. Ensembles may represent an established group or musicians brought together specifically for the proposed project. Projects can include artists working together for the first time or those having a prior working relationship. Lead and Collaborating Partners are limited to participation in one application. Musicians hired to participate in projects solely for recording or touring purposes may participate in more than one application.

If the Lead Partner is American they must:

• be an individual jazz artist or jazz ensemble (not to exceed five musicians) that works at a professional level;
• be United States citizens or permanent residents for the past five years and currently reside in the United States or its territories;
• not have been the recipient of a FAJE grant as a Lead Partner in the past two years; and
• be in good standing with MAAF at the time of application, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.

If the Lead Partner is French they must:

• be an individual jazz artist or jazz ensemble (not to exceed five musicians) that works at a professional level;
• be French citizens or legal residents for the past five years and currently reside in France or its territories; and
• not have been the recipient of a FAJE grant as a Lead Partner in the past two years.

If the Collaborating Partner is American they must:

• be an individual music artist or ensemble (not to exceed five musicians) that works at a professional level;
• be United States citizens or permanent residents for the past five years and currently reside in the United States or its territories; and
• be in good standing with MAAF at the time of application, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.

If the Collaborating Partner is French they must:

• be an individual music artist or ensemble (not to exceed five musicians) that works at a professional level; and
• be French citizens or legal residents for the past five years and currently reside in France or its territories.

American and French Collaborating Partners may:

• be individual artists or ensembles working in a musical form other than jazz

NOTE: French artists residing in the United States holding dual French and American citizenship or holding permanent resident status in the United States are only eligible to participate in FAJE as either an American Lead Partner or as an American Collaborating Partner. Conversely, Americans residing in France holding dual French and American citizenship or holding legal resident status in the France are only eligible to participate in FAJE as either a French Lead Partner or as a French Collaborating Partner. In such cases, the artists must explain in their proposals the compelling reason(s) for considering projects that include Lead and Collaborating Partners from the same country of origin, regardless of their current citizenship or residence status.

Musicians, other than the Lead and Collaborating Partners, hired to participate in FAJE projects solely for recording or touring purposes must also be French or American citizens or permanent residents for the past five years and currently reside in France or the United States or their territories.

 


Project Eligibility

FAJE projects are intended to provide artists with the time and support to investigate new and existing work by the Lead and/or Collaborating Partners that may result in the creation of original work or influence their own, and possibly other musicians, artistic practice. Project activities may include arranging and composing, creative residencies, performances, recording, rehearsing, and other activities that develop new creative and professional relationships, and/or audiences.

Projects must be jointly developed by the Lead and Collaborating Partners to meet mutually agreed upon goals and objectives. Projects must take place in France or the United States and their respective territories or in both countries between September 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.

FAJE will not fund:

• projects that are comprised solely of touring engagements
• projects that are primarily focused on the reinterpretation or new arrangements of existing works by composers other than the Lead and Collaborating Partners.
• projects that include artists that reside outside of France or the United States.

 


Grant Amounts and Eligible Expenses

FAJE will award grants of up to $25,000 per project. Funding may be used towards the following:

• artist stipends
• equipment and space rentals
• fiscal sponsor fees (if applicable)
• marketing
• project-related agent/management fees
• recording and production fees
• shipping
• travel-related expenses (international airfare domestic travel, accommodations, and per diem)
• visa fees

FAJE will only support airfare based on economy class rates, purchased no less than 14 days prior to departure date.

All FAJE project participants must obtain the required travel documentation to legally enter the United States and France.

 


Fiscal Sponsors

The Lead Partner on a proposed project is responsible for submitting the application to FAJE and will be the recipient of grant funds if selected for support. There are financial implications to be considered by Lead Partners awarded grants through the program that are not legally incorporated as nonprofit organizations in their respective countries.

For American Lead Partners:

American Lead Partners who are individual artists or ensembles that are not incorporated as nonprofit organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code may want to consider using an United States-based fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status to apply on their behalf. American Lead Partners without nonprofit status that are awarded funds through FAJE and do not utilize a fiscal sponsor will be responsible for all applicable United States taxes related to the grant. FAJE grant funds cannot be used towards payment of grant-related taxes. If the Lead Partner uses a fiscal sponsor, the fiscal sponsor would be the recipient of grant funds.

• Nonprofit organizations serving as fiscal sponsors must provide this service as a part of their regular, ongoing operations.
• Fiscal sponsors that are willing to assume full responsibility for the grant may sponsor one or more artists or ensembles that do not yet have their own nonprofit Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) status but otherwise meet the criteria for eligibility.
• The fiscal sponsor will be legally, financially, administratively, and programmatically responsible for all aspects of the award. As the official grantee, the fiscal sponsor will be the organization that must submit all documentation, final reports, and any amendment request that would affect the terms and conditions of the award.

For French Lead Partners:

United States law requires that payments to non-United States citizens be subject to a 30% withholding tax, unless the payee obtains a United States Tax Identification Number. French Lead Presenters may want to consider applying to the program through a fiscal sponsor or a French nonprofit organization, such as Association Loi 1901. If a grant is awarded, payments will be made to the fiscal sponsor or nonprofit organization and not the French Lead Partner.

 


Application Review

A panel composed of French and American jazz professionals will review applications submitted for consideration and make recommendations for support. Applications are evaluated according to the following criteria that are neither ranked nor given specific weights:

• Excellence of participating artists as demonstrated by the submitted work samples and the artists’ record of professional achievement
• Quality of project design, including artist collaboration, creative exploration, planned activities and schedule
• Evidence of adequate and collaborative planning
• Capacity to successfully implement the project

Final approval (or finalization) of grants are made by the Board of Directors of MAAF and FACE Foundation, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy staff based on panel recommendations.

 


Application Submission

The Lead Partner is responsible for submitting the application for the proposed project. Applications for FAJE must be completed online and submitted electronically on or before the deadlines listed in these guidelines. No hard copy of the application should be sent to Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with the sole exception of a signed Certification Sheet. The Certification Sheet, signed in blue ink, should be sent to the following address and post-marked no later than one week after the deadline listed in these guidelines.

French-American Jazz Exchange
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 201
North Charles Street, Suite 401
Baltimore, MD 21201

Applications sent via fax or e-mail will not be accepted for consideration.

To access the eGRANT® application, please visit:
http://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.

The 2015 FAJE Guidelines are available here. [PDF]

 


Application Receipt Deadline

 

The 2016 Call for Proposals in now closed.


 

Applications must be SUBMITTED through the eGRANT® online system on or before the listed deadline. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered for review. No hard copies of the application, with the exception of the Certification Sheet, will be accepted for consideration.

The signed hard copy of the Certification Sheet, mailed to Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, must be postmarked no later than one week after the deadline listed in these guidelines.

 


Contacts

AMERICAN APPLICANTS:

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
jess@midatlanticarts.org
www.midatlanticarts.org


FRENCH APPLICANTS:

Suzanne Buracas
Program Officer
Suzanne.Buracas@diplomatie.gouv.fr

 

 
 

 



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