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Creative Project Grants /

Application Guidelines

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

Download full applications guidelines here

Each FAJE creative project consists of a Lead Partner from one country working with a Collaborating Partner from the other country. Lead and Collaborating Partners represent the 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. FAJE encourages applications from collaborators for creative projects resulting in works that may be considered for live performance and touring projects in the United States and France.  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 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.

 


WHO MAY APPLY

If the Lead Partner is American they must:
be an individual jazz artist or jazz ensemble 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;
be in good standing with MAAF and FACE 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 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;
be in good standing with MAAF and FACE at the time of application, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.

If the Collaborating Partner is American they must:
be an individual music artist or ensemble 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;
be in good standing with MAAF and FACE at the time of application, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.
Note: may be individual artists or ensembles working in a musical form other than jazz

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;
be French citizens or legal residents for the past five years and currently reside in France or its territories;
be in good standing with MAAF and FACE at the time of application, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.
Note: 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 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.


 

WHO MAY NOT APPLY

Lead applicants that have been a recipient of a FAJE grant in the past two years are not eligible.


 

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 and responsibilities 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 part of their regular operations and this service must be available to any artist that meets the respective organizations’ published criteria for fiscal sponsorship.
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 an 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.

 


Project Eligibility

FAJE projects may include investigation by the Lead and Collaborating Partners resulting in creations of original music, or influence on their own work and that of others, and/or include activities that address audience development and professional advancement for the participating artists or broader jazz community.
Projects may include arranging, composing, rehearsing, performing, and recording.
Projects must be jointly developed by the Lead and Collaborating Partners to meet mutually agreed upon goals and objectives.
Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate significant support from music partners including record labels, presenters or media sponsors.
Projects must take place in France or the United States, their respective territories, or in both countries between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019.
Special attention will be given to projects that reflect the cultural and artistic diversity of the French and American jazz scenes, involve artists with diverse backgrounds and influences.
Priority will be given to projects involving artists who have not been supported by FAJE in the past.

FAJE will not fund:
Projects that include solely the recording and production of an album.
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.

 


Grants Amount & Eligible Expenses

FAJE project grants available through this application are for the period July 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019. FAJE will award grants that range from $15,000 to $ 25,000 per project.

Funding may be used towards the following:
travel-related expenses (international airfare, domestic travel, accommodations, and per diem)
visa fees
artist stipends
equipment and space rentals
fiscal sponsor fees (if applicable)
marketing
project-related agent/management fees
recording and production 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. If the proposed project involves a paid public performance in the United States or France, artists must follow immigration law and secure the necessary performance work visa prior to the performance.

 


Application Review

A panel composed of French and American jazz professionals will review applications submitted for consideration and make recommendations for support. Final approval of grants is made by the Board of Directors of MAAF and FACE Foundation based on panel recommendations. 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 and/or plan for professional advancement, planned activities and schedule
• Evidence of adequate and collaborative planning
• Capacity to successfully implement the project

All applicants will be notified in writing of the panel’s decision by June 1, 2018. The decisions of the panel are final and may not be appealed.


Application Submission

Applications must be submitted on or before the published deadline.

All FAJE Creative Project lead applicants must submit an online application through MAAF’s eGRANT© system. To access the FAJE online application system, visit: http://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.

All applications must be submitted in English.

The FAJE application consists of the following:
1. Application Summary
2. Lead Partner Information
3. Collaborating Partner Information
4. Application Narrative
5. Project Information
6. Project Budget
7. Certification Sheet. The Certification Sheet must be signed by the authorizing official of the artist/ensemble, if a 501(c)(3) organization.
If using a fiscal sponsor, both the artist/ensemble and the authorizing official of the fiscal sponsor must sign the same Certification Sheet where indicated. The Certification Sheet must be submitted by fax or as an email attachment no later than one week after the application deadline.

The following required materials are uploaded as attachments to the FAJE online application:
8. Biographies of the Lead and Collaborating Partners
9. Signed Letter of Agreement between the Lead Partner and Collaborating Partner
10. Work Samples and Descriptions

Submission of the application indicates that you have completed all required fields in the online application form but does not guarantee eligibility or that all guideline requirements have been met.

 


Application Deadline

Spring 2019

To Be Announced

 


Contacts

— FACE Foundation / Cultural Services of the French Embassy

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

Tel: 212 439 1448
Suzanne.Buracas@diplomatie.gouv.fr

 


 

— Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

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
midatlanticarts.org

 

 
 

 



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