FACE Foundation

Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance

Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to deeply affect the world, including cultural institutions and artistic exchanges, in many ways. Today, more than ever, Villa Albertine, the French Embassy and FACE Foundation are proud to encourage, promote and support artistic performances and creations.  

Created in 2004, FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance continues its mission to foster dialogue, strengthen professional relationships, and spark 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. In this age of global mobility, the goal is to support artists with varied backgrounds and influences, in order to promote a multiplicity of voices and foster a rich intercultural dialogue.

Through its annual application call, projects are evaluated by an independent committee, and since its creation, FUSED has distributed more than $2 million to 198 projects that reflect the cultural and artistic diversity of the French and American contemporary scenes

To know more about the projects selected in 2021, click here.

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.

FUSED receives funding from the Ford Foundation, the Institut français (Paris), the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors.

Grants Criteria

FUSED has adjusted its criteria for its 2022 applications call by encouraging the production and the presentation of dance projects taking place between June 2022 and December 2023 through the Production, Presentation & Touring grant.

The extension until December 2023 has been made due to the busy calendar of fall 2022 with postponed projects of 2020 and 2021 and due to the highlight on contemporary dance planned in 2023. For more information about fall 2023, please contact the program officer.

Note: French or France-based artists looking for an exploratory residency in the United States are invited to apply to the Villa Albertine residency program here.

Calendar & Application

GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2022

The application call is open to projects taking place between June 2022 & December 2023

DOWNLOAD
Budget Template Production, Presentation or Touring Grant [xlsx]

ONLINE APPLICATION
Production, Presentation or Touring Grant Application

FUSED Background

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.

Contact

Nicole Birmann Bloom
Program Officer, Performing Arts
nicole.birmann-bloom@villa-albertine.org