FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance fosters dialogue, strengthens professional relationships, and sparks creative artistry through cultural exchanges by introducing choreographers and performers whose works had never or rarely been seen in the partner country.
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. Thanks to the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Chanel Fund for Women in the Arts & Culture, the French Ministry of Culture, the Institut français-Paris, and private donors, 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.
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 institutions. 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 more rich intercultural dialogue. Eligible projects include productions, residencies, and the presentation and touring of French artists in the United States as well as American artists in France.
FUSED also support few curatorial trips upon decision of the steering committee of the program, within the limit of the available budget.
FUSED supports French-American artistic collaborations that help build productive partnerships between cultural organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. It also supports projects that explore aesthetic boundaries and reflect the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary choreographic scenes.
Special attention is given to:
— Projects involving artists whose work has rarely been seen in the partner country.
— Projects involving artists with varied backgrounds and influences, in order to promote a more varied intercultural dialogue.
— Projects in public space with solid commitment towards communities.
— French projects that are part of major festivals in the United States or in conjunction with important performing arts platforms such as APAP.
— French projects of companies touring the United States as long as they include a minimum of 5 performances in a minimum of 2 cities. Same for American artists in France.
— Projects that are an outcome of a curatorial research trip conducted during the year and supported by FUSED or the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Following an annual application call, FUSED offers financial support in the form of grants to American or French nonprofit organizations that present or produce the artists. Projects are evaluated and selected by an independent artistic committee.
For the next cycle (2020-2021), only projects taking place between June 1st, 2020, and August 31st, 2021, are eligible.
— Only non-profit organizations are eligible. American organizations must demonstrate their 501(c)(3) status granted by the IRS, French organizations their status of association à but non lucratif
— American organizations must present a project by French or France-based artists, or by artists from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East as long as their work is co-produced by French cultural organizations.
— French organizations must present a project by American artists or US-based artists.
— The organization (presenter, festival, university…) must show a clear financial and artistic commitment towards the project.
— In case of a company or an artist touring the United States with several stops, each cultural organization presenting the artist/company can apply individually. If more than 3 organizations are concerned, contact FUSED representative. Same of American artists in France
— Companies and ensembles may submit applications to FUSED only if they have identified one or several presenting partners who have indicated in writing their willingness to participate in the collaboration, as well as their financial commitment to the project.
— No grants are awarded to individual artists.
— Only projects whose presentation begins after June 1st of the application year will be eligible.
— FUSED grants support up to 50% of the expenses related to the artistic project such as artists’ fees, housing, perdiem, travel, visa expenses, equipment rentals related to the production, and cannot exceed the amount $15,000.
FUSED does not cover the operating and front of the house expenses of the institution.
Prior to the deadline, applicant organizations should contact FUSED representative to ensure the eligibility of the project.
2021 – TO BE ANNOUNCED
Nicole Birmann Bloom
Program Officer, Performing Arts