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Overview

The French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) celebrates the United States and France’s shared passion for jazz. A program of FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FAJE is designed to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States.

Beginning in 2018, FAJE program will encompass two complementary grant components: grants for French and American musicians (Creative Project Grants) and grants for American presenters booking FAJE collaborations (FAJE On Tour).

FAJE Creative Project Grants support projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of jazz. FAJE Creative Project grantees are encouraged to showcase completed work through public performance. To facilitate this, the FAJE program has expanded to include FAJE On Tour. FAJE On Tour will provide performance support to American non-profit presenters nationwide who present FAJE grantees’ recently completed creative projects.

Creative Project Grants for Artists:

FAJE annually awards Creative Project Grants up to $25,000 through an open, competitive application process for projects that take place either in France or the United States and/or their respective territories, within an 18-month period. FAJE supports creative projects realized through the collaboration of French and American musicians by supporting activities that may result in the creation of new work, establishment of new creative and professional partnerships, and development of new audiences. Projects may include jazz artists in France and/or the United States working with artists from different music genres. 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.

FAJE on Tour - Grants for Presenters:

FAJE On Tour provides funding for American presenters engaging artists from the FAJE On Tour roster. The annual roster features performing ensembles that have recently completed a creative project funded through the FAJE program. The FAJE On Tour roster is created to engage broad national participation and promote access to unique and powerful artistic collaborations and performances. For the artists of FAJE, the tours extend the life of their projects by providing performance opportunities that develop new audiences and expand impact. Presenters across the United States are eligible to receive support toward artist fees and travel expenses related to scheduled engagements.

 


Our new 2017 Brochure is available for download [PDF]

 


Partners

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 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, and Special Presenters Initiative.
midatlanticarts.org

Cultural Services of the French Embassy
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, digital innovation, language, and higher education across the US. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the country, the Cultural Services brings artists, authors, intellectuals and innovators to cities nationwide. It also builds partnerships between French and American artists, institutions and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. In New York, through its bookshop Albertine, it fosters French-American exchange around literature and the arts.
frenchculture.org

 


Sponsors

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

— Florence Gould Foundation

— Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
ddcf.org

— Fondation CHANEL
fondationchanel.org

— Cultural Services of the French Embassy
frenchculture.org

— Institut français
institutfrancais.com

— Ministère de la Culture
culturecommunication.gouv.fr

— Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (SACEM)
sacem.fr

 

 

FAJE on Tour is made possible through the generous support of:

— Florence Gould Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program
arts.gov

— Institut français
institutfrancais.com

— Ministère de la Culture
culturecommunication.gouv.fr

 


Application

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

 

 

 



FACE Foundation


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