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Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts


In 2004, FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy created two music programs, encouraging collaborations between French and American artists and ensembles, in the field of jazz and contemporary music.

Over the past fifteen years, the French-American Jazz Exchange granted $1.4 million in funds to support 104 creative projects, resulting in more than 40 recordings and 400 concerts in France and in the United States. The Contemporary Music Fund, later renamed the New Music Fund, granted $1.9 million to support 193 commissions, tours, and residencies for more than 100 ensembles and solo artists.

Starting in 2019, the JAZZ & NEW MUSIC program –a merging of our former funds– will continue supporting fruitful collaborations.



The Jazz & New Music program is designed to encourage the creative and professional development of French jazz and contemporary composers, musicians and ensembles in the U.S.

Beginning in 2019, the program will encompass three grant components:


Creative Grants

Jazz & New Music Creative Grants support projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of the musical aesthetics it defends. It also supports new commissions to French composers, especially in the field of new music, including computer and electro-acoustic forms.



Residency Grants

Jazz & New Music Residency Grants support French musicians and composers seeking to develop specific projects including research in collaboration with an American organization. The residency enables artists to become immersed in the community they work in, and develop new contacts and networks. It also allows artists to generate new collaborative projects that may continue beyond the residency.



Touring Grants

Jazz & New Music Touring Grants support touring projects of French musicians and ensembles in the U.S., with a minimum of three performances. The program will also continue to support U.S. professionals to travel to France upon decision of the steering committee.



Sponsors & Partners

The Jazz & New Music program is made possible through the generosity of:

— Florence Gould Foundation
Institut français
Ministère de la Culture
SACEM - Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique

Cultural Services of the French Embassy



Application Deadline: May 5, 2019


Jazz & New Music Application Form 2019-2020 [PDF]
Jazz & New Music Budget Template 2019-2020 [XLS]
Jazz & New Music Guidelines 2019-2020 [PDF]

The Jazz & New Music program awards grants through an open, competitive application process for projects taking place in the United States and/or its respective territories, involving French composers, musicians and ensembles.

The program will prioritize projects including new generations of composers and emerging artists that reflect the cultural and artistic diversity of the French and American contemporary music scene. Special attention will be given to projects involving women, and projects that have the capacity to reach new audiences and engage communities through public performances.

Applications must be submitted before May 5, 2019 (11:00PM EST) at:

Application must include:

— The Application Form.
— A balanced Budget (including expenses and income)
— Any additional supporting materials (such as letters from partners).



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



FACE Foundation

972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075