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Between 2004 and 2015, The French-US Exchange in Dance program, known as FUSED, has introduced choreographers and performers whose works had never or rarely been seen in the partner country. It has contributed to building numerous partnerships between French and American presenters and artists, enabling innovative collaborations and cultural exchange. It has also been instrumental in reaching out to new audiences in both countries. (link to past grantees).

FUSED has distributed more than $1,500,000 supporting artistic projects as well as curatorial research trips in the United States and France.

In 2016, NEFA and FACE are launching an evaluation of the program since its inception and will jointly support curatorial research trips to the U.S., France, and to some specific events in Africa such as the Dance Triennial in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Additionally, FACE will support a limited number of artistic projects that explore potential new directions for FUSED.


Curatorial Research Trips

FUSED requests applications from curators to conduct curatorial research.

U.S.-based curators interested in traveling to France and Burkina Faso to attend festivals or performances should submit an application through NEFA requesting up to $2,000 in travel subsidy.

France-based curators interested in traveling to the U.S. to attend festivals or performances should submit an application through NEFA as well requesting up to $2,000 in travel subsidy.



Next application deadline: SPRING 2017 - T.B.A.



This program is open to curators, producers, and presenters who are part of the artistic programming at their organization. Curators may be based either in France or in the U.S.

Independent or freelance curators may apply, but must be affiliated with an organization and include a letter of support from the organization in their application. A minimum of five years of experience is required for all applicants.

Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received support through FUSED.

For U.S. curators, trips to the following festivals are encouraged:
- FOCUS Danse at the Lyon Dance Biennial from September 21-24, 2016
- Triennial Danse l’Afrique Danse Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, end of November - early December 2016

For French curators, research trips to cities other than New York are encouraged, including:
- Chicago, IL
- Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
- Seattle, WA
- Portland, OR
- San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles, CA
- Austin, Houston, TX
- Philadelphia, PA



Sara Nash
Program Manager, National Dance Project at NEFA


Artistic Projects

FUSED will support a limited number of artistic projects as per the eligibilty criteria listed below

All 2016 project applications should be submitted directly to FACE.



Next application deadline: SPRING 2017 - T.B.A.



FUSED will only support projects in 2016 that involve artists whose work has never been seen in the partner country.

FUSED will support in priority projects (presentation and/or residency) that involve new artistic collaborations between choreographers and artists from other disciplines such as composers, musicians, visual artists, designers, and performers with multifaceted backgrounds and influences. Collaborative projects must include artists based in the U.S. and France collaborating together to explore new practices.

In case of a tour, a minimum of five performances for the entire tour is required. Only project presenting artists whose work has never been seen in the partner country are eligible.

The residency or performance(s) should make a significant impact on the artist(s), the organization, and/or the community, for example by:

—Introducing an artist whose work has never previously been seen in the partner country;
—Enabling artists from the partner countries to collaborate with an artist or group of artists for the first time, including artists from other disciplines;
—Bringing an artist into a community for the first time to conduct extensive activities with the public

FUSED grants may support up to 50% of the artist’s fee, including housing, per diem, travel, and visa expenses, but cannot exceed $15,000.

The applicant organization must demonstrate a clear and significant financial commitment toward the project (individual performer or company). In-kind donations such as space in case of residencies must be specified.

Individual artists and companies are not eligible to apply, even if represented by a fiscal sponsor.

Any U.S. nonprofit organization working with French artists and French organizations (with the status of association à but non lucratif) working with U.S. artists such as a theater, museum, or festival can apply through FACE.

Prior to the deadline, organizations should contact FACE to ensure the eligibility of the artist or company for whom they wish to apply.



Nicole Birmann Bloom
Program Officer, Performing Arts
Tel. +1 212 439 1444


Photo: Christian Rizzo – D’après une histoire vraie © Marc Domage


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

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New York, NY 10075