The COVID-19 pandemic continues to deeply affect the world in many ways. As cultural institutions and artistic exchanges have been hit particularly hard by the global crisis, today, more than ever, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the FACE Foundation are proud to encourage, promote and support artistic performances and creations.
Created in 2004, FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance fosters dialogue, strengthens professional relationships, and sparks creative artistry through cultural exchanges by supporting projects by choreographers and performers whose works had never or rarely been seen in the partner country.
Since 2017 FUSED has expanded to include projects by artists from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, performing in the United States, as long as their work is co-produced by French cultural organizations.
Through its annual application call, projects are evaluated by an independent committee, and since its creation, FUSED has distributed more than $2 millions dollars to 190 projects that reflect the cultural and artistic diversity of the French and American contemporary scenes.
FUSED also support curatorial trips of American presenters and curators upon decision of the steering committee of the program, within the limit of the available budget. Contact the program officer for more information.
For its 2021 applications call, FUSED has adjusted its criteria to better answer the needs of artistic cooperation in today’s world by encouraging the development of dance projects using digital innovation as well as performances exploring public spaces through two types of grant:
Grants will be awarded to projects focusing on choreographers and/or performers’ residencies.
More details here.
Presentation and touring grants will be awarded to organizations committed to present a project by an artist or a company.
More details here.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2021
For projects taking place between June 1, 2021 & August 31, 2022.
From 2004 to 2017, FUSED was managed by a successful partnership between NEFA’s National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE Foundation thanks to the generous contributions from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Andrew W.Mellon Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors.
It introduced choreographic and performance artists whose works had never or rarely been seen in the partner country. These efforts allowed artists funded by the program to achieve international recognition as a result of their time spent in either America or France. It built numerous partnerships between French and American presenters enabling innovative collaborations and cultural exchange. These were also instrumental in reaching new audiences in both countries.
Since 2018, FUSED is managed by FACE Foundation only. The program continue to support artistic projects by French or France-based artists performing in the United States as well as American artists in France. Each project is intended to reach a wide audience and to engage communities as well as act as a launching pad for the featured artists.
Nicole Birmann Bloom
Program Officer, Performing Arts